# Tuesday game notes

*Fireworks Night at the ol’ ballpark!*

@Brewers 13, Marlins 12 (10): They had it all the way. After blowing a 9-2 lead, the Crew fell behind in the 10th on a Jose Reyes HR, Miami’s 5th of the game. But they came back and rang the Bell: After a leadoff 5-pitch walk to Carlos Gomez (how *could* you?), the struggling-again closer got the next 2 men before Aramis Ramirez mushroomed an 0-1 pitch way out to CF for his first game-ending hit as a Brewer.

- It was the first walk-off HR against Bell since 2009 and the first ever of the come-from-behind flavor — but his 3rd walk-off loss this year. Ramirez had one prior come-from-behind game-winning hit, 5 years ago against the Brewers. He’s now 5 for 8 with a walk and no Ks vs. Bell.
- 5 different Brewers allowed a HR, a franchise first, and the first in MLB this year. Here’s the last time a team had 6 pitchers serve up a HR: 1987, Cincinnati 21, Atlanta 6 in the Launching Pad.
- 5 different Marlins hit a HR, tying the club record done twice before.

@Pirates 8, Astros 7: Remember when being 4 runs down was as good as 6 feet under for the Buccos? The team that hit .231 while scoring 3.5 R/G in their first 73 contests overcame a 6-2 deficit, then blew the lead in the 9th, but walked off happy on Drew Sutton‘s first HR and first-ever game-winning hit.

- Pittsburgh has won 6 of 7, averaging 8.6 runs and 13 hits and lifting the team BA by 11 points. They’re 19-11 since June began, reaching 8 games over .500 for the first time since 1992.
- All good things must end, so say goodbye to A.J. Burnett‘s 8-start winning streak.
- Sutton (5-2-3-1) is 11 for 27 with 7 runs in 8 games since coming up from AAA.

@White Sox 19, Rangers 2: Roy Oswalt allowed 3 HRs among the first 5 batters (including Youk‘s first in his new hosiery), and 7 runs on 9 hits (6 XBH) in the first 2 innings. When his book was closed, Oswalt had been charged with 11 runs, a new career high, and had become the first pitcher since 2008 (Livan Hernandez) to allow at least 13 hits in consecutive outings.

- But I applaud Ron Washington for leaving Oswalt in for 112 pitches. Letting him work it out now may pay off down the stretch and beyond … and when you’re down 7-0 to Chris Sale after 2 innings, what are the odds of a comeback, anyway?
- Sale departed after 7.1 scoreless innings as the new MLB leader with a 2.10 ERA — but the bequeathed runner came around and kicked him back 3 spots to 2.19.

@Nationals 9, Giants 3: Washington is 28-20 against winning teams. Jordan Zimmermann (6 IP, 2 R, 7 Ks, no walks) has gone 6+ IP on 4 runs or less in all 16 starts, the longest streak in MLB this year. Ian Desmond (4-2-2-2, HR, 2B) is 13 for 29 in his last 7 games with 9 Runs and 9 RBI; he leads all MLB shortstops with 41 extra-base hits and .494 slugging.

What’s the worst season ever by a 2-time Cy Young Award winner? After he was raked for 8 runs (7 ER) on 9 hits in 3.1 IP, Tim Lincecum has a 6.07 ERA in 17 starts, with an ERA+ below 60. Here are the worst ERA+ marks by multi-CYA winners, in a season with at least 15 starts and ERA+ below 80:

- Tom Seaver, 1982, 67 ERA+ in 21 starts.
- Pedro Martinez, 2008, 75 ERA+ in 20 starts.
- Greg Maddux, 1987, 76 ERA+ in 27 starts.
- Denny McLain, 1971, 77 ERA+ in 32 starts.
- Steve Carlton, 1986, 79 ERA+ in 32 starts, and 1987, 79 ERA+ in 21 starts.

@Mets 11, Phillies 1: New York’s biggest margin over their turnpike neighbors since 2005. Jon Niese went 8 innings for the first time since his 1-hitter more than 2 years ago, and added a 2-run single, a walk, 2 runs and a sacrifice. His last 6 starts: 1.74 ERA, 6 walks in 41.1 IP.

- Last 5 starts for Daniel Murphy: 14 RBI, 12 hits and 9 XBH, reversing a free-fall and raising his BA/SLG by 20 and 68 points, respectively. He’s the first Met this year with three games of 4+ RBI.
- Ruben Tejada (5-2-3-1) is 15 for 39 since a 6-week DL stint, now hitting .327 with a .377 OBP in 36 games.
- David Wright‘s 10th HR was just his 3rd with someone on and his first with a man in scoring position.

@Braves 10, Cubs 3: After falling a season-high 5 games off the division pace, Atlanta needed a spark, and Michael Bourn supplied it: a go-ahead 3-run triple in the 5th, touching off a 9-run explosion over 2 innings.

- Chipper added a 3-run double in his 7th career game of at least 4 hits
*and*4 RBI, leaving him 1 RBI behind Mike Schmidt and 2 shy of George Brett for the all-time lead among third basemen. (He didn’t dent the dish, but he already has*that*3B record.) - Chicago had won 4 straight while scoring 4 or less, matching the MLB season high and the Cubs’ longest such streak since 1989.

Orioles 4, Mariners 0 (7th): Wei-Yin Chen has retired the first 18 batters, with a career-best 8 Ks, and 53 strikes out of 72 pitches. The last no-hitter by an Oriole/Brown was in 1969; they’ve never had a perfecto.

Twins 8, @Tigers 6 (9th): Minnesota’s 5-run 3rd was capped by Trevor Plouffe‘s 19th HR, his 18th in his last 39 games (147 ABs) but just his 3rd with anyone aboard. Only Jose Bautista (18) has more solo HRs this year.

- If Plouffe maintains his current ratios (19 HRs, 35 RBI, 235 PAs), he’ll be the second player ever with 30+ HRs and a RBI/HR ratio less than 2. He’d also have the highest HR% in franchise history for anyone with 2 or more HRs.

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Phils double-digit loss to the Mets makes me revisit this game for comfort – http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI198506110.shtml

We’ll always have Von Hayes

6 RBI from a leadoff man? Piffle! If Von Hayes was any good, he’d have had at least as many RBI as Johnny Mokan did in setting the Phillies leadoff record!

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI192305110.shtml

Now there’s a full box-score line: 2 HRs, 2B, SB, 2 CS — the only known leadoff game of 2+ HRs and 2+ CS.

(Just kidding about Von. I always liked ol’ Five-for-One.)

Mets have a +36 run differential over their last six games. Second highest run differential over any six-game stretch in Mets franchise history.

big hunk o cheese in the sky unglued some pitchers today

The list of pitchers with multiple Cy Young’s and bad seasons is a little unfair to Maddux since his is the only one in the list from before he became a great pitcher. Jordan Zimmermann’s streak of 6+ innings per start is 2nd behind Verlander, he has 59 in a row.

Well, there’s an honorable mention for that list: Roy Halladay. Two Cy Young Awards, but before all that, his epic 10+ ERA season for Toronto (ERA+ of 48). He escapes the clutches of JA’s round-up because his 19 games included 6 relief appearances.

Adam Dunn comes to the plate 4 times and makes no outs, and the fielders only get to touch the ball once.

347 pa’s

25 hr’s

66 bb’s

126 so’s

217 out of 347 = 62.5% of PA’s for the 3 true outcomes. Unreal pace.

Been waiting for a new edition of “Game Notes” so I could post this:

Back on Sunday, the Indians first 6 hits all went for extra bases. Which got me to thinking…what’s the record for most hits in a game in which all the hits were extra bases? Turns out the record is 9 and it’s only been done once. On August 18, 1998, the Braves had 9 hits, all doubles (!) against the Giants. (Bstar…did you know the Braves held this record?).

The Braves’ doubles attack was led by those noted doubles hitters Walt Weiss, Gerald Williams, and Danny Bautista who each had two doubles. Andres Galarraga, Eddie Perez, and Chipper Jones…ummm…chipped in one apiece (sorry couldn’t resist!). Andrew Jones, who led the Braves in doubles that year with 33, failed to notch a double in any of his 4 PAs. And Ryan Klesko, who tied with Chipper Jones for second with 29 doubles, didn’t play in the game. The primary doubles victim was Giants starter Kirk Rueter who gave up 7 of the doubles; reliever Julian Tavarez gave up the other two.

The ’98 Braves, by the way, weren’t a particularly great doubles team, finishing 4th in the NL with 297 doubles. Nor was Kirk Rueter particularly known for giving up doubles…in 1998 he gave up 31 doubles in his 33 starts, but also 5 triples, 27 home runs, and 130 singles.

Box score is here:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ATL/ATL199808180.shtml

How about this one:

Most hits in a game while having all your teams hits?

Ed — As you know, I love such quirky box scores.

You should also know that, while pardoning oneself for a pun may be the etiquette on other threads, here it is unnecessary. We enjoy our puns straight, no chaser, and we apologize to no one. Let others groan; we revel!

P.S. Use it in good health:

http://freethesaurus.net/s.php?q=chipper

John – Yes I know! And it’s good to know the pun-tiquette on the board.

BTW, a bit more on Kirk Rueter….the 31 doubles he gave up in 1998 occurred in 187 innings pitched. Of the 20 NL pitchers who threw between 167-207 innings that year, Rueter’s 31 doubles allowed ranks 14th (and that’s including the 7 he gave up in that game!). So he definitely wasn’t a pitcher who normally gave up a lot of doubles. The most doubles allowed by those 20 pitchers was 51 by Jamey Wright. Scott Karl with 48 was second.

Ed, the only reason I did know that was because someone else on here pointed the same thing out recently in a different discussion. I can’t remember who it was or what the thread was about.

Twins have won 5 in a row and are 7 over since their low point in late May when they reached 17 under.

JB:

We’re literally at the half way point (81 G played for most teams). Some over/under Vegas numbers before the season started:

Toronto 81 (on pace for 82)

St. Louis 84 (on pace for 84)

Twins 73 1/2 (recovering, on pace for 71)

Tampa 86 (on pace for 86)

If you use WAR as a metric for determining the worst seasons by multiple-CYA winners (w/ at least 15 starts), then Carlton’s ’86 is the worst, at -2.5 WAR total between the Phillies and Giants. Lincecum, halfway through the season, is already at -1.7 WAR – if he plays the full season, he’ll likely shatter Carlton’s record. Seaver’s ’82 season (the worst by ERA+) clocks in at 3rd-worst, with a -0.9.

Roy Halladay in 2000 and Denny McLain in 1972 both had 13 starts: Had they each pitched 2 more starts, Halladay’s would probably be the worst one of all and McLain’s would likely be 3rd-worst.

INH — I do believe that Halladay’s 2000 rating of -2.8 WAR would be the worst season by a multi-CYA winner.

I’m not really comfortable using a WAR standard for pitcher seasons of such limited duration, and especially when the WAR is negative.

Maybe it’s just my unconscious attachment to the notion of setting a “significant” threshold of innings for comparing pitchers. Halladay had just 67.2 IP that year, which (by my gut sense) excludes him from the discussion. Lincecum has 93.1 IP already.

As I think it through, I realize that my qualms about WAR in this context are not easily defended. But for better or worse, that’s why I used the standard of 15+ starts.

I as well tend to use the “15 starts” minimum for starting pitching seasons… I think for me it comes from the fact that most modern teams have at least 4 starters each year with 15+ starts, from which you can get an idea of what that team’s starting pitching rotation may have been that season.

Marco Estrada of the Brewers is having a strange season so far. If you look at most of his rate stats, they look outstanding: 7.8 H/9, 1.7 BB/9, 9.8 SO/9, 5.78 SO/BB. However, he is just 0-3 with a 4.31 ERA and a 97 ERA+. The reason? He has allowed 11 home runs in just 48 IP, a HR/9 rate of 2.1.

Yes, but he’s improving — just 1 HR in each of his last 2 starts!

I searched pitcher-seasons of at least (a) 8 starts, (b) 9 SO/9 and (c) 5 SO/BB. Estrada’s current campaign would be the 24th such season, and by far the worst in both ERA and ERA+.

On the other hand, there are 38 seasons of 8+ starts, BB/9 of 2 or less, and more HRs than walks — and Estrada’s ERA/ERA+ are right at the median of that group.

I signed off before checking Atlanta’s final box score, so I missed this note:

Chipper had this year’s first 5-hit game without scoring a run, and the 7th by a Brave since 1918 (first since Jeff Blauser in ’96). Chipper was lifted for a pinch-runner after the 5th hit, but the PR didn’t score, either.

He was also the only Brave with more than 1 hit in the game, and had half the team’s total — the only game this year to meet either of those criteria. The other ten 5-hit games all had team totals of at least 12 hits.

That was also Chipper’s first 5-hit game in Atlanta; his other two career 5-hitters were on the road.

I also missed Oakland’s 9th-inning comeback over Boston.

For the 2nd time in 4 days, Alfredo Aceves gave up a game-winning sac fly. The last pitcher with 2 such games in a season was Julio Mateo in 2004.

Yeah but how about a walk off double-error??? (from Sunday)

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/double-error-game-winning-plays/

Great link, Ed.

The way Carlos Gomez crossed the plate was classless — tossing his helmet in the air before stomping on the dish. Yeah, what an accomplishment, Carlos — you pinch-ran, swiped a bag, and were handed the last two bases.

I guess when you’ve never had a game-ending RBI, you have to take whatever opportunities you get to celebrate an insignificant win.

More late notes:

— Pedro Strop blew the win for Wei-Yin Chen, retiring just 1 of 6 batters (3 H, BB, HBP, WP) and walking in the tying run. But Darren O’Day got the last out with the bases loaded, and Robert Andino — with just 4 singles in his last 37 ABs and no RBI — homered off Charlie Furbush, snapping his 22-IP scoreless streak, and Jim Johnson sewed it up with 3 straight grounders. Both Johnson and Furbush have a 0.757 WHIP in 35.2 IP. Nine of Johnson’s 24 saves have protected a one-run lead. Baltimore hasn’t won by more than 1 run in 14 games since June 17 (4-10). They’re 15-6 in one-run games, trailing only Cleveland (12-4) in that percentage.

— Normally a first-half star, Dan Haren fell to 6-8, 4.86 in 17 starts. He’s suffering from a .337 BAbip, but also his SO/BB ratio is down from a brilliant 5.07 over the past 4 years to “just” 3.58. I still think he’ll have a better 2nd half.

Mets got two runs scored each from their pitcher, their catcher and their shortstop. No MLB team had had multiple runs scored from those three positions in the same game since the Cubs in August 2009, and before that you have to go back to 2005.

So 5 different Brewers allowed home runs to 5 different Marlins. Have there been any other occasions where 5 different pitchers from one team have allowed home runs to 5 different batters from the other team?

It happened also on 9-2-2010 when the Tigers defeated the Twins 10-9 in 13 innings. Here are the batter-pitcher pairings: Kelly-Baker, Peralta-Flores, Raburn-Guerria, Wells-Crain and Laird-Blackburn.