Although our weekly look at baseball's oddities is equal opportunity and goes through every game every night, some teams are (in a good way) odder than others. In keeping with Tuesday's festivities in Cincinnati, this week we decided to give all 30 teams representation with their best Kernel from the past eight days.
Offense, Tuesday: 13 hits, five walks, one hit batter, four stolen bases. First in the major leagues to hit all of those marks and score four runs or fewer since June 5, 2001 (Tigers at Red Sox). First to do it and still win the game since the Brooklyn Dodgers (versus Cincinnati) on May 10, 1916.
A.J. Pierzynski, Monday: First Braves catcher with four hits that included two doubles since Brian McCann, Aug. 27, 2006.
Kevin Gausman, Tuesday: Seven hits, two wild pitches, one hit batter, eight runs allowed. First pitcher in the major leagues to hit all of those marks this season. First Orioles pitcher to do so since Scott Erickson on July 6, 1997.
Matt Barnes, Thursday: Faced two batters; hit one and walked the other. Last Red Sox pitcher to do that was Stan Belinda on May 7, 1996.
Edwin Jackson, Monday: Four hits, four runs, two wild pitches; first Cubs pitcher to do all that in an outing of one inning or less since starter Ray Burris on May 9, 1976.
Adam Eaton, Wednesday: Hit team's second extra-inning walk-off homer; both have led off the inning. Last time the White Sox had two leadoff walk-offs in a season was 1991 (by Sammy Sosa and current manager Robin Ventura).
Johnny Cueto, Tuesday: Two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts, first for Reds since Jose Rijo on Sept. 17, 1990. Last Reds pitcher to also allow no more than one walk was Jim Maloney against the Pirates at Forbes Field, Sept. 25, 1968.
Carlos Carrasco, Monday: Fourth career game allowing 10 hits in 4 innings or less, tying Earl Whitehill (1937-38) and Charles Nagy (1999-2002) for most in Indians history.
Chad Bettis, Tuesday: 10 runs allowed, most by a Rockies pitcher in less than three innings since Denny Stark on April 16, 2004.
Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez, Monday: First two Tigers players with four hits that included a home run since current manager Brad Ausmus teamed with Bobby Higginson (in his seven-RBI game) on June 13, 2000.
Preston Tucker, Monday: First Astros batter ever with four hits that included a home run on his birthday. Last for any team was Mike Fontenot (Cubs) on June 9, 2009.
Alex Gordon, Tuesday: Second player in franchise history with four hits and four RBIs but zero runs scored himself. The other was George Brett against the Brewers on Aug. 10, 1980.
C.J. Cron, last weekend: First Angels batter to follow a three-hit game with a four-hit game, from the bottom two spots in the batting order, since Bengie Molina in August 2001.
Clayton Kershaw, Wednesday: Eight-hit shutout with zero walks and 13 strikeouts. The first 13-strikeout shutout in the majors with eight hits allowed since Greg Maddux in 1998.
Dee Gordon, Thursday: Three stolen bases and two runs, scoring every run in a team victory (2-0 over Cincinnati). First in the major leagues since now-teammate Ichiro Suzuki did it for Seattle on June 15, 2003.
Taylor Jungmann, Saturday: Second in Brewers history with a three-hit, nine-inning complete game within his first seven major league appearances. The other is Bill Parsons (twice in 1971).
Aaron Thompson, July 5: Faced one batter and gave up a game-ending double; first Twins pitcher to do that since Ron Perranoski on June 23, 1970.
Wilmer Flores, July 5: Fourth Mets player with four hits and three RBIs at Dodger Stadium. The others are Felix Mantilla (1962), Lee Mazzilli (1978) and Claudell Washington (three home runs on June 22, 1980).
Cole Figueroa, Thursday: Two doubles in first game with the Yankees. Last player to do that was Johnny Damon on Opening Day 2006.
Fernando Rodriguez, Tuesday: Faced one batter and struck him out, but strike three was a wild pitch. First A's pitcher to have a strikeout in a game in which he pitched zero innings since Rick Honeycutt on Sept. 2, 1987.
Team, Wednesday and Thursday: First time they have been shut out in back-to-back games at Dodger Stadium within one series. Last time that happened to them in Los Angeles was July 1960 at the Coliseum.
Melvin Upton, Friday: First Padres hitter with three hits that included a homer while batting ninth since shortstop Julius Matos on June 9, 2002 (at Tampa Bay).
Justin Maxwell, Wednesday: Retired on a 7-5 forceout after holding up to see if the ball would be caught. It was the first such play in the majors in exactly a year.
Mike Zunino, Thursday: Two hits, sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly. First time in the majors this season; first for Mariners since Jeff Cirillo on July 5, 2003.
Lance Lynn, July 5: Double, single, scored two runs in 3-1 win. First pitcher to score two runs out of team's three (or two) in a victory since Phillies' Larry Christenson, Sept. 5, 1976 (two home runs).
Rene Rivera, Wednesday: Second inside-the-park home run of the game (Jarrod Dyson had the other). First game with two inside-the-park home runs since May 26, 1997 (Sammy Sosa for Cubs, Tony Womack for Pirates).
Spencer Patton, July 4: Allowed six baserunners that included two hit by a pitch; all scored. First Rangers pitcher with that line since starter Mike Morgan on May 23, 1999.
Team, Thursday-Friday: Shut out in back-to-back road games in different cities (end of one series, start of another) for first time in franchise history.
Ian Desmond, Tuesday: Franchise's first batter with a triple in a game in which his team had no more than two hits since July 17, 1988 (Andres Galarraga).