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Elias Says: June 7, 2017

Scooter now to be known as Slugger

Scooter Gennett became the 17th player to hit four home runs in a major-league game in the Reds’ win over the Cardinals on Tuesday. Gennett had hit only 38 home runs in the major leagues entering the game, tied for the second-lowest total entering a four-homer game. Boston’s Bobby Lowe had only 28 homers before his four-homer game in 1894, the first one in major-league history. And the Cardinals’ Mark Whiten had 38 before his record-tying night in 1993.

Gennett, who also had a single, drove in 10 runs, joining Whiten as the only players with double-digit RBIs in a four-homer game. Whiten knocked in 12 that night, tying a major-league record, on “only” four hits. Only Whiten and Gennett hit a grand slam in a four-homer game.

Gennett is the second player to have a 10-RBI game this season, joining Anthony Rendon, who did it on April 30 against the Mets. This is the first season (since 1920, when RBIs became an official statistic) in which more than one player had a 10-RBI game.

Astros come back to earth

The Astros jumped out to a 7–1 lead on the Royals on Tuesday but Kansas City scored eight unanswered runs and won the game on Mike Moustakas’s walkoff homer, ending Houston’s 11-game winning streak. No other team in major-league history has had a double-digit winning streak end by losing after leading by at least six runs.

Scherzer fans 14 in L.A.

Max Scherzer struck out 14 batters in the Nationals’ 2–1 win at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, tying the second-highest total for any visitor to Chavez Ravine. Tom Seaver struck out 16 in 12 innings of work on May 1, 1974; and J.R. Richard had 14 Ks in a nine-inning complete game on the final day of the 1977 season.

Schoop ties it, Trumbo ends it

The Orioles defeated the Pirates on Tuesday on Mark Trumbo’s 10th-inning single, his third walkoff RBI of the season, the highest total in the major leagues. Since the Orioles moved to Baltimore, only one other player has had three walkoff RBIs in the team’s first 30 home games of a season. In 1977, Pat Kelly had three walkoff RBIs in Baltimore first 28 home games, including two home runs.

The Orioles only got to extra innings because Jonathan Schoop hit a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning. It’s the third time that Schoop has hit a game-tying or behind-to-ahead homer with the Orioles down by two or more runs in the ninth inning; he had one of those in each of the last two seasons. No other major-league player has three such home runs over the last three seasons.

Kimbrel getting more work

Craig Kimbrel got the final four outs in Boston’s win at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, for his third four-out save of the season, all of which have come in his last four appearances. He also went more than an inning against the White Sox on May 30 and against the Orioles on Saturday. Kimbrel has not had three saves of more than an inning in any other season in the major leagues.

The oddity on Tuesday was that Kimbrel struck out five batters, with Didi Gregorius reaching base on a strikeout/wild pitch. No other pitcher has had more strikeouts than outs in a save of more than one inning since the first save rule was written in 1969.

Tanaka: LLLLL after WWWWW

Masahiro Tanaka took the loss for the Yankees on Tuesday and extended his losing streak to five starts, which has come immediately after he won five straight starts. He’s the second pitcher in Yankees history to lose at least five straight starts immediately after winning five straight starts in one season. In 1906, Al Orth won eight straight starts, then lost five in a row.

Arrieta finds confines extra friendly

Jake Arrieta defeated the Marlins on Tuesday to improve to 28–12 in regular-season games at Wrigley Field since joining the Cubs. He’s the first Cubs pitcher to win 28 of his first 40 home decisions since Ferguson Jenkins was also 28–12, from 1966 to 1968.

Herrera has nine extra-base hits since Saturday

Odubel Herrera hit a double in the Phillies’ win over the Braves on Tuesday, giving him nine extra-base hits (seven doubles and two home runs) over his last four games. He’s the first major-league player with nine extra-base hits in a four-game span since Adrian Beltre in 2012 and the first Phillies player to do so since Cy Williams in 1923.

Senzatela picks up eighth win

Antonio Senzatela improved to 8–2 in 12 major-league games with a win over the Indians on Tuesday. He’s now one of six active pitchers who won at least eight of their first 12 games in the majors, along with Jered Weaver, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Steven Matz and Michael Fulmer.

Ray of sunshine for Arizona

Robbie Ray won his fourth straight start but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 27⅔ in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Padres on Tuesday. The only other pitcher in Diamondbacks history to win four straight starts while allowing no more than one run was Brandon Webb, during his 42-inning scoreless streak in 2007.

Rangers win despite allowing five home runs

The Rangers defeated the Mets on Tuesday despite allowing five home runs. Before Tuesday, major-league teams had been 1–13 when allowing five home runs in a game this season, with the only win being by the Astros against the Rangers on May 2. The Mets have hit five home runs and lost in only two other games in team history, against the Reds at the Polo Grounds in 1962 and at Wrigley Field in 1993.

Mariners treating the home fans to lots of runs

The Mariners ran their winning streak to four games with a win over the Twins on Tuesday, and they’ve scored 40 runs in that span. It’s the first time the Mariners have won four straight games while scoring at a total of least 40 runs at Safeco Field (which opened in 1999).

Healy coming through with men on base

Ryon Healy drove in the Athletics’ final run in their win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday with a double. Over his last four games Healy is 6-for-8 with runners on base, with two doubles, three homers, and nine RBIs.

Anderson’s third straight scoreless start

Chase Anderson threw 7⅔ scoreless innings against the Giants on Tuesday after dealing seven scoreless inning in each of his last two starts, against the Diamondbacks and Mets. Anderson tied the Brewers’ longest streak of starts going seven innings and not allowing a run, previously done by Moose Haas (1983), Ted Higuera (1987) and Cal Eldred (1992).