Edinson turns out lights on Snakes, and Albert rolls double sixes

Marlins’ right-hander Edinson Volquez shut down the Diamondbacks in this season’s first no-hit game, the first of Volquez’s career and sixth in the short history of the Marlins franchise.  And the legendary career of Albert Pujols reached another major milestone with home run no. 600. More after the jump.

Volquez faced the minimum 27 batters while allowing two walks (both were erased on double plays) and striking out ten. Aside from the walks, he had just one other 3-ball count, finishing the game on just 98 pitches, only the 8th no-hitter of the last 72 (since pitch counts were officially recorded starting in 1988) requiring fewer than 100 pitches.

Volquez’s record (1-7, 4.44) entering the game hardly suggested he might be on the verge of such an historic achievement; however, he had gone 6 innings in his 4 prior starts, after only one such game among his first 6 outings, so there were signs he was starting to put things together. This was just the third 9-inning complete game of Volquez’s career, the first being his one-hit shutout of the Astros in 2012.

Volquez’s game almost didn’t happen, after a collision at first base retiring Arizona’s Rey Fuentes for the first out the game. Volquez continued to limp going to and from his position, but was able to keep his ailment from affecting his delivery. Volquez may also have been inspired by the memory of his close friend and fellow Dominican pitcher, the late Yordano Ventura, whose birthday it was this day.

In its 25th season, the Marlins franchise joins an elite group of clubs with six no-hitters in their first quarter century.

  • – Boston Red Sox (1901-25)
  • 8 – Houston Astros (1962-86)
  • 7 – Chicago White Sox (1901-25), Los Angeles Angels (1961-85)
  • 6 – Brooklyn Superbas (1884-1908), Miami Marlins (1993-2017)

Saturday’s other big story was the milestone home run game of Albert Pujols, becoming the ninth player to reach 600 home runs, and only the third to also record 600 doubles. Pujols blasted a fourth inning grand slam off Twins’ ace Ervin Santana to become the first of the nine with a grannie for his 600th (that grand slam was one of seven on this day, a new record for the most on the same day).

Pujols records no. 600 in his 17th season, and needs 14 more dingers this year to pass  Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds for the most home runs in the first 17 seasons of a career.  Last year, Pujols joined Stan Musial as the only players with 600 doubles in the first 16 seasons of a career. Reaching both milestones by his 17th season is a unique accomplishment for Pujols; the other two players in the 600/600 club reached both of those milestones in their 21st (Hank Aaron) and 22nd (Barry Bonds) seasons.

Earlier this season, Pujols passed 150 doubles and 150 home runs in the AL to become the tenth player with those totals in both leagues. How many of the others can you name? 

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aweb
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Let’s see…
Frank Robinson
Miguel Cabrera
Mcgwire…not sure he made the doubles
Griffey junior
Mcgriff?
Beltran
Winfield

Doug
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Robinson, Griffey, McGriff, Beltran and Winfield are correct. Four more.

Dr. Doom
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Adrian Beltre is another. I thought I had a sneaky one in Al Oliver, but he was 9 AL doubles short. Bill Buckner was 8 AL doubles short.

aweb
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Still trying to not look them up before guessing – for Canadian-based players this time: Vlad Guerrero seems pretty likely. Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green both might’ve come close, but I don’t think Green hit many that many HRs in Toronto, and Delgado was injured too quickly.

Sheffield? Soriano?

Probably missing some older players, but I just can’t think who switched leagues and hit homeruns at that rate

ThickieDon
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Soriano and Vlad, definitely

aweb
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Found two more, running down the 300 HR list. One made it to 150 NL doubles on the nose (I suppose he didn’t “pass” 150 doubles in the NL, so maybe doesn’t count?), and rarely stayed healthy for an entire year. The other almost always stayed healthy and hit 26-41 doubles every year of his career. Both got MVP votes three times, played in this millennium, failed to reach 400HRs, and played for 5 teams.

Doug
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150 on the nose makes the list.

Doug
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Vlad and Soriano are right.

The last two probably are the toughest. Under-the-radar kind of guys.

ThickieDon
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Ellis Burks

ThickieDon
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Carlos Lee

Doug
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ThickieDon has the last two, neither of which I would have guessed.

Doug
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Adrian Beltre will likely be the next to do this, but he’s not quite there yet (needs three more HR).

Jimbo
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It’s going to be unlikely for Beltre to get 3 more home runs in the NL, since he’s 38 and plays for an AL team…

David P
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Ummm…neither Oliver nor Buckner meet the HR requirement for the question. Oliver only had 54 homeruns in the AL. And Buckner falls short in home runs in both leagues.

ReliefMan
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In a more dubious kind of notability, Shawn Kelley became just the third pitcher since 1969 to earn a save in a game where he also gave up a grand slam. The last time it happened, in 2007, Ryan Zimmerman was the salami slugger; Zimmerman also had a blast in this game albeit only of the 3-run variety.

Voomo Zanzibar
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Ender Inciarte has the first game since 2011
and only the 20th since 1913
with at least :

5 hits
5 RBI
1 HR
and 1 BB

Voomo Zanzibar
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Voomo Zanzibar
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Yaz was the last to do it in a loss.
(and the last to do it while hitting for the cycle):

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS196505140.shtml

Voomo Zanzibar
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Sherm Lollar is the only person to do it from the 8-hole
(29-6 !)

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KC1/KC1195504230.shtml

Voomo Zanzibar
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And Jimmie Foxx is the only player to do it while hitting 3 HR
(though it took him 10 PA and 18 innings to do it)

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CLE/CLE193207100.shtml

Voomo Zanzibar
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In this game, Eddie Rommel recorded the 2nd most IP as a reliever, with 17.
The record is 18.1, by Zip Zabel:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN191506170.shtml

Rommel also has the record for most hits allowed in relief, with 29.
The next best (worst) is 22.
In that game, Dutch Schesler needed only 8 inning to allow those 22 hits:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI193107111.shtml

oneblankspace
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Pujols is the first player whose 600th HR was a grand slam. He also has the second highest career batting average in the 600-club behind Ruth (in part because he hasn’t had his final declining season yet — his career average still trails Aaron’s average through 21 years with the Braves, but he’s ahead of Willie Mays’s career average with the Giants).

Volquez is the first pitcher to close out a no-hitter by striking out the side since Sandy Koufax. He’s the 7th Dominican with a no-no, and the second to do so against Arizona.

oneblankspace
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Adam Wainwright in the Cards’ win over the Dodgers on Thursday became the first Cardinals pitcher to win the game and drive in all of the Cardinal runs via homerun.

oneblankspace
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… in a shutout. Gibson homered in a shutout, but those were not the only runs in the game.

Richard Chester
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Here are other pitchers, since 1913, who pitched a CG shutout and drove in all of their team’s run(s) with HRs.

Sonny Siebert (2 HRs)
Nate Karns
Tim Hudson
Yovani Gallardo
Brad Hennessey
Odalis Perez
Bob Welch
Juan Pizarro
Jim Bunning
Johnny Klippstein
Milt Pappas
Early Wynn
Claude Passeau (WOHR)
Spud Chandler
Red Ruffing
Jack Quinn
Ray Keating

Ken
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The Astros are 41-16, only 22 other teams since 1900 started out that well or better. Most recent were Mariners in 2001 (45-12), and Yankees in 1998 (44-13). Those 22 teams had a combined .755 W-L percentage after 57 decisions, and finished at .670. They played .622 ball after the hot starts. BB Ref no longer has a All Teams choice in its Streaks Analyzer, but there is a workaround. The below URL will generate records of all teams since 1871 after 57 games. http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/streaks.cgi?games=57&year=All&SHOW=TOT&includes=start_year&teams=ALL&orderby=dater If some teams have ties, you have to generate the next highest game number to… Read more »
oneblankspace
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The Astros were 20-34 on this date (before games of June 5th) the year they won the pennant in 2005.

no statistician but
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Last night the lowly Royals broke the back of what looked to be a twelve-game winning streak by the Astros, coming back from a 7-2 deficit to win nine to seven. That’s one of the things you have to love about baseball, the bizarre unpredictability of any given game.

David P
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A small correction. It was 7-1 before the comeback began.

no statistician but
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I suppose, but I generally look at complete innings if the home team is behind.

Voomo Zanzibar
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Somebody might do a whole post about this, but I’d just like to list this leaderboard:

Most total bases in a game since 1913:

19 … Shawn Green
18 … Joe Adcock
18 … Josh Hamilton
17 … Gil Hodges
17 … Mike Schmidt
17 … Scooter Gennett

Voomo Zanzibar
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Most Total Bases in a game by a player named Scooter:

17 … Ryan Joseph Gennett

8 … Gennett (twice)
8 … Phil Rizzuto (twice)


5 … Eddie Tucker

3 … Clem Koshorek

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