Every week there are more great MLB nuggets than we are able to use. So in this All-Star week of very few games to choose from, we decided to bring back some of our favorite "unpopped Kernels" that didn't quite make it into our regular weekly posts.
• April 9: The Giants and Padres played a scoreless tie into the 12th before Justin Maxwell's RBI single gave them a 1-0 win. It was the first time the Giants had won a shutout of 12+ innings since August 9, 1991, when Kevin Mitchell was plunked with bases loaded in the 13th to defeat the Dodgers. It was just the second time in Padres history that they played 12-plus innings and failed to score. The other was June 7, 1972, when a bases-loaded walk in the 18th decided a 1-0 game in favor of Pittsburgh.
• April 19: The Dodgers piled up seven doubles in shutting out the Rockies, their most two-baggers at Chavez Ravine since April 16, 1988, when Pedro Guerrero, Mickey Hatcher, and starting pitcher Tim Belcher (among others) all had them. It was also the first time in 65 years that the Dodgers had one player (Justin Turner) with three doubles while another player (Scott Van Slyke) had two. On Sept. 22, 1949, it was Carl Furillo and Duke Snider in a 19-6 rout at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.
• May 2: Eric Stults lost to the Reds, in the process becoming the first Braves pitcher to surrender 11+ hits including multiple triples and multiple homers since "Barnacle Bill" Posedel-- so nicknamed for his two stints in the Navy-- did it for the Boston Braves against Brooklyn on June 29, 1940.
• May 3: Nori Aoki and Joe Panik hit back-to-back homers to lead off the Giants' win over the Angels, the team's first time starting a game with two homers since Chuck Hiller and Duke Snider (off Bob Gibson) on May 27, 1964.
• June 10: George Springer had five hits in an Astros' loss in Chicago. All were singles, and he neither scored a run nor drove one in. It turns out the list of leadoff hitters in major-league history to go a perfect 5-for-5 (or better) with 0 extra-base hits, 0 runs, and 0 RBI, is three names long. The other two names are Matty Alou and Pete Rose, who did it six weeks apart in 1970.
•June 20-21: Manny Machado, Jimmy Paredes, and Travis Snider combined for consecutive games where the Orioles' top two batters each had three hits. The team hadn't done that since August 1977, when Al Bumbry and Rich Dauer did it in a series with the White Sox at Memorial Stadium.
And a few stats from this weekend:
• Texas Rangers: Converted 15 hits into only two runs on Friday, a first in franchise history. Only time with three runs on 15 hits was as the Senators on May 16, 1964 (a game they won).
• Collin McHugh: Gave up 11 hits but only one run, first for Astros since Shane Reynolds against the Rockies on Aug. 3, 1994.
• David Peralta: Second career multi-triple game, joining Tony Womack as the only Diamondbacks to do it twice.
• Adrian Gonzalez: First player to homer in both halves of a suspended game (before and after) since Joe Carter on May 3-4, 1996. That game at Fenway was delayed by rain and stopped due to the old American League curfew.
• Ian Kinsler: Leadoff single Saturday was Tigers' only hit of game, first for Detroit since Andres Torres did it against Joe Kennedy and the Rays on May 2, 2003.
• Clayton Kershaw: First opposing pitcher to strike out 14 Washington Nationals in a game. Randy Johnson (2002) was last to do it against the Expos, and the last against "Washington" (the Senators) was Joe Coleman of the Tigers in 1971.
• Randal Grichuk: First Cardinals batter with a perfect day at the plate, two or more homers, and six or more RBI since Stan Musial on May 2, 1954.
• Garrett Richards: Third Angels pitcher to throw shutout against Boston while allowing no more than three baserunners (George Brunet 1965, Nolan Ryan 1962).