Kernels: One day at a time

Our weekly look at the interesting and unusual in Major League Baseball shows us that something new happens every day.


Lonnie Chisenhall

ChisenhallThe Cleveland Indians put up a football score on the Texas Rangers, winning 17-7, but it was Lonnie Chisenhall who was the talk of the game. Chisenhall went 5-for-5 with three homers and drove in nine of those 17 runs. It was the first nine-RBI game in the majors since Carlos Delgado in 2008, and just the second Clevelander ever. Infielder Chris James did it in a 20-6 rout of Oakland in 1991. And the last player with five hits, three homers, and nine RBI in a game was Jim Rice, who knocked in 10 of Boston's 15 runs against Detroit on June 18, 1975.

Rangers starter Nick Martinez gave up eight runs before Scott Baker came on and allowed the other nine. They're the first pair of pitchers in franchise history to each allow eight or more runs in a game.


The Braves scored seven in the first inning as part of a 13-10 slugfest in Colorado. Their last time scoring seven or more in the first inning of a road game was way back on July 3, 1966, at Candlestick Park. Joe Torre had a three-run shot and pitcher Tony Cloninger hit a grand slam in a 17-3 win over the Giants. Cloninger would hit another slam in the fourth inning, and is still the only pitcher ever with two in a game.

Juan Nicasio was charged with 10 runs on 11 hits Tuesday, after giving up seven runs on 11 hits in his prior start. He and John Thomson (1998) are the only Rockies pitchers to give up at least 11 hits and seven earned runs in back-to-back starts.

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Reid Brignac's three-run homer gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-0 walk-off victory over the San Diego Padres. It was just the second game this season where the only scoring came on a walk-off homer, the other being Neil Walker's solo shot on Opening Day.

However, the Phillies hadn't won such a game in over four decades. On July 28, 1972, Willie Montañez hit a two-run shot off Milt Pappas to beat the Chicago Cubs.


Chris Carter's walk-off home run gave the Houston Astros a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Carter had gone deep twice the day before. According to Elias, he is the first Astros hitter ever to follow a two-homer game with a walk-off homer.

The top of the 10th featured a catcher's interference giving Paul Goldschmidt first base; it's his fourth such award this season. That already ties last year's leader, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Goldy's career total of five matches Craig Counsell's franchise record. Two of this year's calls, and three of his total, have come in extra innings, making Goldschmidt the first player in the live-ball era with two extra-inning CI's in a season, and tying Dale Berra of the Pirates (1979-81) for the career mark.


Gregory Polanco

PolancoPlaying in just his fourth major-league game, Gregory Polanco of the Pittsburgh Pirates went 5-for-7 and cranked a 13th-inning homer to beat the Miami Marlins, 8-6. Polanco became the first player in over 80 years with a five-hit game so early in his career (Cecil Travis of the Senators did it in his debut in 1933), and the first Pirate with five hits including an extra-inning homer since Hall of Famer Pie Traynor in 1930.

The game was just the fourth in the last 100 years to go exactly 13 innings on a Friday the 13th. The Pirates have been the winning team in three of those.


Brandon Barnes of the Colorado Rockies hit his second inside-the-park home run of the season. He's the first Colorado batter ever with two in a season, and the first in the majors since Tony Gwynn Jr. in 2010. Clint Barmes and Ellis Burks are the only other players with two in a Rockies uniform (neither in the same season).

It was the seventh inside-the-park homer at AT&T Park, but just the second by a visiting player. Fernando Viña of the Cardinals hit the other one in the stadium's 16th game on May 9, 2000.


The Astros moved reliever Tony Sipp to the outfield so that lefty Josh Zeid could face (and strike out) the Rays' Evan Longoria. At the start of the next inning, Sipp returned to the mound and recorded two more outs.

It's the second time this week that Bo Porter has moved Sipp to the outfield for one batter, a stunt the Astros also did a couple times with Wesley Wright.

The last non-Houston team to try it was the Cubs, who moved Sean Marshall to left for one batter at the end of a 2009 doubleheader. But Sipp is the first player in the designated-hitter era (1973) to go from the mound to the field and back again multiple times in one season.