As if crafting the first double-complete-game in almost a calendar year wasn’t enough, Luke Hochevar and Alex Cobb enhanced the oddity by taking opposite paths to that end: no runs, 7 singles, 8 Ks for Luke; 8 runs, 13 hits, 1 K for Alex. It was the first CG since 1998-07-05 allowing that many runs, and the first with that many hits since 2010-06-30. For Hochevar, it was his 2nd shutout and 4th CG in 111 career starts, and his first-ever consecutive scoreless starts. Both hurlers used 113 pitches, and Cobb (no walks; first CG) threw one more strike than Hochevar (74-73).
- In 3 games back, Royals C Salvador Perez has 4 hits and 4 RBI.
- Alcides Escobar (3-2-3-0) now batting .307 with a .346 OBP, both figures 50+ points above his prior career marks, with 17 doubles in 78 hits.
This one went down a lot smoother: Rick Porcello held Texas to a run over 6 innings in their own park. His previous start against them lasted all of 1 inning, with 10 hits and 9 runs. This time, his opposite number got the quick shower: In his 2nd career game, Justin Grimm didn’t get an out in the 2nd, allowing 6 runs and 8 hits.
First 4-K game in 10 years for Scott Rolen, 4th of his career.
- Brandon Phillips is the 2nd cleanup starter this year with a sacrifice, and the first since last August with a sac and a swipe. (OK, that’s weird and all, but this guy did all that plus 2 HRs.)
- Career-high 13 Ks and 2nd career CG for Mat Latos, who came in with a 5.20 ERA.
Third 4-K game this year for Adam Dunn, 16th of his career; the rest of the ChiSox fanned just twice. In his last 38 games, Dunn has 12 HRs, a double, 11 singles, 30 walks and 69 strikeouts, hitting .178 but with a .777 OPS. He’s fanned at least once in 68 of 73 games. Here’s the complete list of qualifying years with OPS at least 4 times the BA:
- Since returning from bullpen duty, Francisco Liriano has a 2.41 ERA in 6 starts, with 40 Ks and 14 walks in 37.1 IP. First time he’s gone 7+ since last August.
- Two doubles and two double plays for Denard Span; 19th game since 1944 with at least 2 of each, including 3 days before by Carlos Beltran (table below). It’s a star-studded list, including 3 HOFers. The other thing that grabs me: The list includes 16 ABs more than absolutely necessary to meet the search criteria, and 8 extra hits — but not one of those resulted in an extra double, nor a triple, nor a HR. No extra DPs, either.
|1||Denard Span||2012-06-25||MIN||CHW||W 4-1||5||5||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.038||1||CF|
|2||Carlos Beltran||2012-06-22||STL||KCR||W 11-4||5||5||2||2||2||0||0||4||0||0||2||0.204||4||DH|
|3||Luis Rodriguez||2008-09-05||SDP||MIL||L 2-3||6||5||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||-0.361||2||SS 3B|
|4||Jose Vidro||2007-05-12||SEA||NYY||L 2-7||5||5||1||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.029||2||DH|
|5||Luis Gonzalez||2006-07-15||ARI||MIL||W 8-1||5||5||0||3||2||0||0||2||0||0||2||0.080||3||LF|
|6||Mike Sweeney||2005-06-04||KCR||TEX||L 9-14||5||5||0||2||2||0||0||1||0||0||2||-0.038||3||DH|
|7||Albert Pujols||2001-04-24||STL||MON||W 7-2||5||5||0||2||2||0||0||3||0||0||2||0.122||4||1B|
|8||Lou Merloni||2000-09-20 (2)||BOS||CLE||L 4-5||4||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||0||0||2||-0.252||7||3B|
|9||Jeff Conine||2000-09-02||BAL||CLE||W 8-6||5||5||1||3||2||0||0||2||0||0||2||0.071||5||3B|
|10||Ivan Rodriguez||1997-09-23||TEX||OAK||W 14-6||5||5||3||3||2||0||0||1||0||0||2||0.057||2||C|
|11||Kirby Puckett||1995-06-21||MIN||OAK||W 3-2||5||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||-0.055||3||RF|
|12||Robin Ventura||1991-09-27||CHW||SEA||L 8-10||6||6||1||2||2||0||0||2||0||0||2||0.016||2||3B|
|13||Willie McCovey||1975-09-03||SDP||ATL||W 10-9||5||5||1||3||2||0||0||2||0||0||2||0.261||4||1B|
|14||Roy White||1970-05-24 (2)||NYY||CLE||W 8-7||5||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||-0.139||3||LF|
|15||Wayne Causey||1964-08-18 (1)||KCA||CLE||W 13-9||6||6||1||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.097||2||3B|
|16||George Kell||1949-07-05||DET||CLE||L 1-8||5||5||0||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.014||2||3B|
|17||Danny Litwhiler||1948-05-23||CIN||BRO||W 6-5||4||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.058||5||RF|
|18||Pat Seerey||1944-08-13 (2)||CLE||WSH||L 1-4||4||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.000||3||LF|
|19||Bob Elliott||1944-06-14||PIT||CIN||L 2-3||5||5||1||2||2||0||0||1||0||0||2||0.000||4||3B|
Is there a stat category for what Heath Bell did Monday? He blew a 4-run lead in the 9th, but not a save situation. Bell had been on a good roll, no runs in his last 9.1 IP, with 16 Ks and 2 walks. But he walked the leadoff man, and the snowball rolled downhill.
Oakland’s 3 hits in a 1-0 win matched the 2012 MLB low for a victory; out of 11 games, only the A’s have 2. Wasted was a gem by Seattle rookie Erasmo Ramirez: 10 Ks, 1 walk, 3 hits in 8 IP, in his 3rd career start. Tommy Milone went 7 scoreless, on the heels of his first CG; he has 3 scoreless stints of 7+, but no shutout yet.
- Third 1-0 game with a HR this year; the previous 2 were on the same day, 1 of them also against Seattle. There were 15 such games last year, 16 the year before.
- The entire game featured just 2 ABs with a runner in scoring position, both for the losing Mariners, both hitless.
- More common than I thought: Ramirez allowed only 3 runners besides the HR, but got 2 GDPs. Six others have done that since 2010. (In case you have the same mental block as I do, Roberto Hernandez is the guy we used to know as Fausto Carmona. He’s also the only one of these guys to get 2 DPs in as many chances.)
|Erasmo Ramirez||2012-06-25||SEA||OAK||L 0-1||GS-8 ,L||8.0||3||1||1||1||4||10||1||103||72||81||26||25||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Brandon Morrow||2012-05-03||TOR||LAA||W 5-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||3||0||0||0||3||8||0||102||75||89||28||28||1||0||0||0||0||2|
|Mike Leake||2011-09-06||CIN||CHC||W 4-2||GS-9||9.0||3||2||2||0||4||6||1||91||65||79||30||28||0||0||0||1||0||2|
|Josh Johnson||2011-04-19||FLA||PIT||W 6-0||GS-7 ,W||7.0||2||0||0||1||3||9||0||98||64||81||22||21||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Jaime Garcia||2010-08-22||STL||SFG||W 9-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||3||0||0||0||3||6||0||89||65||87||28||28||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Jeremy Hellickson||2010-08-10||TBR||DET||W 8-0||GS-7 ,W||7.0||3||0||0||0||3||7||0||86||61||78||22||22||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Roberto Hernandez||2010-06-12||CLE||WSN||W 7-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||3||1||1||0||3||7||1||106||73||84||28||28||0||0||0||0||0||2|
Jimmy Rollins homered for the 4th time in 5 games, but the Phils are only 2-2 in those games. Rollins has started 71 of the 75 games at SS, and has boosted his OPS+ up to 98 with a strong June (.998 OPS in 23 games). Since 1901, only 10 men age 33 or older have had a season of 150+ games at SS with OPS+ of at least 100. Check out the spread in time:
|1||Derek Jeter||2||2007||2009||33-35||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Miguel Tejada||1||2009||2009||35-35||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Omar Vizquel||1||2002||2002||35-35||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Mike Bordick||1||2000||2000||34-34||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Barry Larkin||1||1999||1999||35-35||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Cal Ripken||1||1996||1996||35-35||Ind. Seasons|
|7||Ozzie Smith||1||1991||1991||36-36||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Luke Appling||3||1940||1943||33-36||Ind. Seasons|
|9||Honus Wagner||1||1908||1908||34-34||Ind. Seasons|
|10||George Davis||2||1904||1905||33-34||Ind. Seasons|
- Clint Barmes (.205 BA/.528 OPS) is on pace for the lowest OPS with 400+ PAs since 1990. His 47 OPS+ would be tied for the 7th-lowest in that span — tied with himself, among others.
The Blue and the Red are now tied for 4th and last, both at 38-35.
- BoSox are now 30-7 when Big Papi doubles up on the taters. I had expected better. But hey, they were only 19-9 when Manny homered twice. By the way, from 1993-2006, the winning percentage when any player homered twice was .762 (4,116 games). From 2007-12, it’s .754 (1,440 games).
- Boston reliever Clayton Mortensen has 13 Ks and no walks in 14 IP. Only 5 pitchers have had more IP and no walks, and none has had more Ks with no walks. In Mortensen’s prior 3 years, he had 39 walks and 50 Ks in 95 IP.