As this was the first full week of games following the All-Star break, we thought this week's theme would be no theme at all. To that end, here’s a sampling of some of our favorite nuggets from the past few days.
Power outage in New York
The New York Yankees took a while to get going out of the break. They failed to hit a home run in their first nine games after the All-Star break, a streak that was finally snapped on Sunday by Derek Jeter in his second return from the DL.
The only other team this season to string together nine homerless games was the Miami Marlins, from April 6-15. It was the Yankees' longest streak since a 10-game drought in April-May 1984. The player who finally homered in game No. 11 to break that streak was Don Mattingly.
Did you know?
Shutouts were the theme on Saturday, specifically 1-0 shutouts. Four games ended with 1-0 scores, tying the all-time record for a single day. It happened last on September 2, 2001, but before that the only occurrence was on September 18, 1915, when two American League games and two Federal League games ended 1-0.
Save the best offense for last
The Minnesota Twins downed the Angels 10-3 on Monday. That's not amazing until we tell you it was a 10-inning game. The Twins dropped a seven-spot, including a Chris Herrmann grand slam and a two-run homer from Pedro Florimon. It was the most runs they had scored in any extra inning since scoring eight in the 10th against Detroit on August 1, 1970.
Don’t underestimate Leake at the plate
Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake collected three hits at the plate on Wednesday to help his team beat the Giants, 8-3. It was Leake's third career three-hit game, and second this season. It was the ninth three-hit game by a pitcher this season; 2001 (with 13) was the last season with more. And Leake is the first Reds pitcher with two such games in a season since Don Newcombe in 1959.
Down on the farm
Twice is nice
The Toronto Blue Jays piled up 15 hits and 12 runs in defeating the Houston Astros on Friday. Those 15 hits included seven doubles and five homers, the first team to reach both those totals since the Indians' 22-4 victory over the Yankees on April 18, 2009. Edwin Encarnacion hit two of those home runs, both coming in an eight-run seventh inning. He thus became the first Blue Jays hitter to go deep twice in the same frame since Joe Carter did it on the final day of their 1993 championship season.
The Marlins made several roster moves this week, one of which was calling up prospect Christian Yelich directly from double-A to the majors. In his debut on Tuesday, Yelich promptly delivered three hits and drove in two runs in Miami's 4-2 win over the Rockies. Perhaps manager Mike Redmond knew what he was doing by batting Yelich second in his debut. After all, only one other player has ever had three hits and driven in a run while making his MLB debut in a Marlins uniform: Mike Redmond, on May 31, 1998.