Rare feats, fireworks on Memorial Day

There were a couple of improbable complete games in the bigs on Monday.

Jo-Jo Reyes


Toronto Blue Jays hurler Jo-Jo Reyes beat the Cleveland Indians 11-1, snapping a 28-start winless streak, a major league record he shares with two other pitchers. Reyes went the distance for his first career complete game.

Reyes shared this winless start streak with Cliff Curtis and Matt Keough. All three record-holders snapped their droughts with a complete game. Curtis ended his as the Boston Rustlers beat the Brooklyn Superbas 7-2, on May 26, 1911.

Reyes used all parts of the plate Monday. With men on base, he threw nine high fastballs out of the zone, and Indians hitters swung at seven. Indians hitters were 0-for-3 against those pitches with men on, and all three at-bats came with runners in scoring position.

Earlier in the day, New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon was turning back the clock. Colon blanked the Oakland Athletics, allowing only four hits in his ninth career shutout, and his first since 2006.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, there have been 274 nine-inning shutouts since Colon's previous shutout. Of those 274, only two were tossed by a Yankee: CC Sabathia (2009) and Chien-Ming Wang (2007).

Colon, who turned 38 on May 24, became the fifth-oldest Yankee pitcher to throw a road shutout in the divisional era (since 1969). He trails only Luis Tiant, Roger Clemens, Tommy John and Phil Niekro, who at age 46 shut out the Blue Jays en route to his 300th career win.

Memorial Day fireworks

Aside from the improbable pitching outings, Memorial Day belonged to the hitters.

There were a total of 169 runs scored Monday, which averages out to 5.6 runs per team. The 169 runs is a season high, besting the previous high of 154 runs set April 6.

It was the first date this season that featured a full slate of games and at least one home run in each game. It was the first time since July 17, 2010, that five different games each had five or more home runs.

There were 46 total home runs hit on Memorial Day, six more than on any other day this season. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us the 46 home runs is the third-most home runs hit on a single day over the past three seasons.

Most HR in a Day, Last 3 Seasons

Kudos to the Seattle Mariners' Doug Fister, who was the only pitcher to take a no-hit bid beyond the second inning.

The combined ERA of all starters Monday was 6.30. If you take Colon and Reyes out of that equation, the starters' ERA was 6.98.