Elias Says: June 21, 2017

Orioles tie ignominious record

The Orioles defeated the Indians on Tuesday, 6–5, but they tied an unwanted record in the process. The Orioles have allowed at least five runs in each of their last 17 games, tying an American League record. In 1901, the A.L.’s first season as a major league, Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics allowed at least five runs in 17 straight games (May 4–26). Between that team and this year’s Orioles, the only other major-league team to allow at least five runs in 17 or more consecutive games was the Phillies in 1924 (20 games, September 3–24).

When did Dodger Stadium turn into a hitters’ park?

The Dodgers hit five home runs in their win over the Mets on Tuesday, and they’ve hit at least four homers in each of their last three home games (also June 11 against the Reds and Monday against the Mets). That tied the major-league record for consecutive home games hitting at least four home runs, done six previous times, most recently by the Yankees earlier this season.

Cody Bellinger hit his 22nd home run of the season, including his 10th in his last 10 games. No other rookie in major-league history has homered 10 times in a 10-game span. The last veteran player to do that was Troy Tulowitzki in September 2010.

Corey Seager hit three home runs on Tuesday for the second time in the major leagues; he also had a three-homer game on June 3, 2016 against the Braves. Seager, at 23 years and 54 days old, is the second-youngest in major-league history at the time of his second three-homer game. Boog Powell had his second at the age of 22 years and 315 days, in 1964.

Molina’s first extra-inning homer

Yadier Molina hit his first extra-inning home run in the major leagues in the 11th inning of the Cardinals’ 8–1 win in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Molina entered the day with 126 extra-inning at-bats, the highest total among active players without a home run after the ninth inning. That distinction now falls to Rajai Davis, who has not homered in 92 extra-inning at-bats.

The Cardinals’ seven runs in the 11th inning tied their second-most in any extra inning in team history, dating back to 1892. Their only higher total came on July 16, 1937, when Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize and company scored eight runs in the 10th inning at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia.

Rizzo channels the spirit of the Lizard King

Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run in Chicago’s 4–0 win over the Padres on Tuesday. Rizzo is the first player to hit as many as three leadoff homers within his first seven starts hitting atop his team’s lineup since Jim Morrison, who had three leadoff homers in his first seven games as the White Sox’ #1 hitter, in August 1979.

Rizzo has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in each of his last 11 first-inning plate appearances, the longest streak for any major-league player since Jay Bruce’s streak of 11 straight in 2011. Rizzo is the first player to collect a hit in nine straight first-inning at-bats since Johnny Damon’s streak of 10 straight in 2000.

Sale’s 10th 10-K game

Chris Sale struck out 10 batters in Boston’s win in Kansas City on Tuesday, giving him 146 strikeouts and ten 10-K games in 15 games this season. Since the mound was set at its current distance in 1893, the only other pitchers to reach ten double-digit strikeout games as few games into a season as Sale were Pedro Martinez in 1999 (15th game) and Randy Johnson in 2000 (12th game) and 2001 (14th game).

Giants score five after 16 goose eggs

The Braves held the Giants scoreless for seven innings on Tuesday after blanking San Francisco last night in the Giants’ first game at Sun Trust Park. But Bruce Bochy’s men erupted for five runs in the eighth inning and went on to win, 6–3. The Giants' 16 consecutive zeroes at SunTrust Park constituted their longest streak of scoreless innings starting out at any of the 107 venues at which they have played since the franchise began in New York in 1883. Their longest such drought before this was when they failed to score in their first 14 innings at Citi Field, in 2009.

Maybin’s blast helps Angels end Bronx blues

Cameron Maybin’s home run to lead off the seventh inning gave the Angels a lead they would never relinquish in their 8–3 win at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.¬ It was Maybin’s second of 51 major-league home runs that gave his team a lead in the seventh inning or later; the other came for the Braves in 2015. The Angels had lost their last nine games at Yankee Stadium, their longest road losing streak against one opponent since losing 10 in a row at Tiger Stadium in 1996 and 1997.

Judge and Sanchez each go deep

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez homered in the same game for the third time this month on Tuesday. They’re the first Yankees teammates age 25 or younger to homer in the same game three times in one month since Joe DiMaggio and Joe Gordon did so twice in 1939, in June and August.

Arenado comes through again

Nolan Arenado’s two-run triple in the eighth inning on Tuesday turned a 3–2 deficit into a 4–3 lead, and the Rockies held on to defeat the Diamondbacks by that score. Arenado has reached base safely all five times he’s had a Late Inning Pressure Situation plate appearance at Coors Field this season: a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning on April 11, his walkoff homer Sunday, his triple on Tuesday, plus two walks.

Springer starts with a bang

George Springer hit his eighth leadoff homer of the season, tying his total from last season, and the Astros never looked back in their win over the Athletics on Tuesday. The only other players in major-league history with more than one season with at least eight leadoff home runs were Alfonso Soriano (2002–03, 2006–07), Rickey Henderson (1986, 1993) and Hanley Ramirez (2007–08).

McCutchen has been McClutchen

Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run single and a solo home run in the Pirates’ win in Milwaukee on Tuesday. McCutchen has hit eight home runs with 23 RBIs in his last 22 games, dating back to May 27, and over that time he’s hitting .474 (18 for 38) with runners on base. Plus, McCutchen has had five straight multiple-hit games at Miller Park, with an extra-base hit in each of those games.

Mazara rams 30th homer

Nomar Mazara hit his 30th home run in the major leagues on Tuesday at the age of 22 years and 55 days. The only Rangers players who reached 30 homers at a younger age than Mazara were Ruben Sierra in 1987 (21 years, 286 days) and Juan Gonzalez in 1991 (21 years, 312 days).

Votto’s 8th 20-homer season

Joey Votto hit his 20th home run of the season in the Reds’ loss on Tuesday, giving him eight 20-homer seasons in the major leagues. Votto tied Larry Walker for the most 20-homer seasons among players born in Canada.

Rays almost daily double

Corey Dickerson and Jesus Sucre each homered in the fourth inning of the Rays’ win over the Reds on Tuesday, for the Rays’ 20th multiple-homer inning of the season. That’s the highest total in the major leagues this season and it’s the highest single-season total in Rays history.

Nationals top five each score twice

Each of the Nationals’ first five batters in their lineup scored two runs in Washington’s 12–3 win at Marlins Park on Tuesday. It’s the first time since the Nationals arrived in D.C. in 2005 that each of the first five hitters in their batting order scored two or more runs.