Did it feel like you saw things like "F/10" and "F/12" a lot this week? That's because you did. Each of the first nine days of August has featured at least one extra-inning game; including the four on July 31, it's the first stretch this year in which one has been played on 10 straight days. And so our weekly look at baseball's interesting and unusual happenings offers up a special "extra" edition.
• Andre Ethier's homer gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 10-inning win against the Los Angeles Angels last Sunday. It was Ethier's second home run of the game, and both gave the Dodgers a lead. He had taken Joe Smith deep in the eighth before Chris Iannetta's double tied it back up in the ninth. Ethier is the first Dodger in the live-ball era to have two go-ahead homers in the eighth inning or later of the same game.
The Dodgers' only other walk-off homer against the Angels came in the very first Freeway Series game, on June 17, 1997. Todd Zeile hit it off Troy Percival.
• After the San Francisco Giants took an 8-7 lead in the 12th, Adonis Garcia hit a two-run homer to win Monday's game. It was the Atlanta Braves' first walk-off homer against the Giants since Fred McGriff on Sept. 15, 1997, and only their third in the last 35 years to be hit while trailing. The others were both by Joneses: Chipper in 2006, and Andruw off Trevor Hoffman in April 1997.
Monday's longball was the first extra-inning homer for the Braves this season, leaving the Angels as the only team without one.
• The White Sox literally "walked" off on Wednesday when Avisail Garcia drew a bases-loaded pass in the bottom of the 10th. The South Siders hadn't won a game in that fashion since April 25, 2004, when Lance Carter (also of the Rays) passed Juan Uribe. Their last in extras was to Greg Norton (yet again by Tampa Bay) on June 16, 1999. If you can have a "drought" of such a thing, the only three teams that have gone longer without a game-ending walk are Houston (1999), Cincinnati (2003), and the Red Sox (2000).
And if "Garcia" drawing a game-ending walk seems familiar, it's because Greg of the Cardinals did it ten days ago. In the population of play-by-play data (which dates to about 1950), they are the first players with the same surname to have "walk"-offs in the same season.
• Although it didn't happen in extras, the Angels won Wednesday's game on a wild pitch by Cody Allen. He became the first Cleveland Indians pitcher to issue two wild pitches in a game, with the second being a "bounce-off," since Jim Bibby brought home Thurman Munson of the Yankees on Sept. 27, 1977.
Combined with the White Sox game, it was the first time a "walk"-off and a "bounce-off" happened on the same day since June 3, 2003, when Adrian Beltre drew a bases-loaded pass for the Dodgers, and Troy O'Leary scampered home for the Cubs on a wild pitch by Tampa Bay's Al Levine.
• Pedro Alvarez had a bases-loaded single for a 10th-inning walk-off against the Dodgers on Friday. That came nine innings after Gregory Polanco started the Pirates' offense with a home run. It's the second game this year in which a team hit a leadoff homer and then an extra-inning walk-off, but the last time Pittsburgh did it was Sept. 20, 1987, when Barry Bonds scored both the first run and the last run (on Andy Van Slyke's sacrifice fly in the 14th) against the Mets.
• The Rangers hung a "snowman" in the 11th to beat the Mariners on Saturday. While Texas had a 10-run inning in May, their last eight-run extra inning was also a T11 in Seattle, on Sept. 23, 1991. Saturday was the second time the Rangers had eight hits in an extra inning; the other was July 3, 1983, when they scored an MLB-record 12 runs in the 15th to defeat Oakland 16-4.
• Cameron Rupp led off the 12th on Friday with his third homer of the year, which would stand up for a 4-3 win. The Phillies' last home run in the 12th or later of a road game was on Aug. 11, 2009, by Ben Francisco at Wrigley Field. In their history, the Phillies have hit only one other home run against the Padres in the 12th or later (home or road); it was a 14th-inning walk-off by John Kruk on April 20, 1993, at Veterans Stadium.
• Extra-inning minor-league minute: Erick Leal, a 20-year-old Venezuelan pitcher in the Cubs system, threw a nine-inning no-hitter for single-A South Bend (Indiana) on Tuesday. He walked just one batter and struck out four.
He didn't get credit for a no-hitter. The game was scoreless, and the bullpen gave up hits in the 10th and 11th. The Cubs eventually lost in the 12th, appropriately also without allowing a hit (walk, sac bunt, wild pitch, sac fly).
For reference, there have been just 13 games in major-league history in which a team threw a no-hitter for nine innings and lost it in extras. The most recent was on June 3, 1995, when Pedro Martínez of the Expos was perfect through nine innings against the Padres but allowed a leadoff double to Bip Roberts in the 10th inning before being removed for Mel Rojas, who saved the 1-0 win for the Expos.
Best of the rest
• Lucas Duda, Monday: Four walks and two strikeouts vs. Marlins; first player in live-ball era with two such games in a season (also did it July 19).
• Gregor Blanco, Tuesday: First Giants hitter with perfect 2-for-2 (or better), two walks, and four runs scored since Barry Bonds on June 1, 1998.
• Francisco Liriano, Saturday: First Pirates pitcher with a three- or four-run home run in a home game since Brian Fisher at Three Rivers Stadium on June 24, 1987.
• Felix Hernandez, Monday: 11 hits and nine strikeouts; second pitcher in Mariners history to do that twice (Mark Langston, 1986 and 1988).
• Tyler Moore, Wednesday: Second position player in Nationals/Expos history to hit a batter while pitching, joining outfielder Sam Mejias on Sept. 7, 1978.
• Zack Greinke, Thursday: Second Dodgers pitcher with three hits, homer, three runs scored since the move to Los Angeles. Other was Claude Osteen on May 26, 1970.
• Juan Lagares, Tuesday: Triple and two RBIs batting ninth. Second player in Mets history with two such games; other is Dwight Gooden (three between 1986 and 1993).
• Carlos Villanueva, Friday: Recorded second three-inning save of the year; first Cardinals reliever with two in a season since Scott Terry did it three times in 1988.
• Nelson Cruz: Second player in Mariners history to have two separate five-game homer streaks, joining Jay Buhner (1995 and 1996).
• Stephen Strasburg, Saturday: First Nationals pitcher to have three hits or more at the plate and give up three or less on the mound. Only others in franchise history were Troy Mattes (2001) and Livan Hernandez (2004).
• Victor Martinez, Thursday: Fourth Tiger this season with a two-homer, five-RBI game (J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes). Last time Detroit had four players do that in a season was 1959.