In case you didn't think three days of games would be enough to generate some unusual baseball events, well, do we have a weekend for you. Many thanks to our friends at Baseball Reference and the Elias Sports Bureau for research assistance.
Chase d'Arnaud's single won things for the Braves, just their second 1-0 walk-off in the past 19 seasons. Freddie Freeman had one in the 10th inning in 2014, but the Braves hadn't won such a game in the ninth since Fred McGriff singled home Marquise Grissom against the Dodgers on July 6, 1995.
Meanwhile, Billy Hamilton won things for the Reds on a game-ending passed ball, the third in the majors this season. The Orioles (April 20) and Yankees (June 30) were the other recipients. According to Elias research, that's the most game-ending passed balls in a season since 1986, a year that also included the last 1-0 game won in such fashion. The Reds were involved there also (on the losing side); on April 26, Sal Butera committed one that scored Billy Hatcher of the Astros.
Buster Posey began Saturday's 10th inning with the 16th all-time extra-inning homer by the Giants against the Padres (their most versus any opponent since San Diego joined the majors in 1969). In the bottom of the inning, however, Santiago Casilla balked in the winning run. There was one "balk-off" last year as well, but Saturday was the first time the Padres had ever won in such fashion, and the first committed by the Giants since at least 1911 (alas, play-by-play accounts from any earlier are hard to come by). Kevin Quackenbush became the first Padres pitcher to get a win despite allowing an extra-inning homer since May 28, 1995, when they tied the NL record with a nine-run 10th and handed that lead to Trevor Hoffman.
Matt Shoemaker and James Shields hooked up in the second double complete game of the year Saturday (here's the other). Shoemaker was the first Angel to strike out 13 in a 1-0 complete-game win since (who else?) Nolan Ryan, against Oakland in the final game of the 1976 campaign. Shields, meanwhile, became the first White Sox hurler to suffer a two-hit, one-run, complete-game loss since Freddy Garcia in 2005.
Chris Taylor started his second half with a grand slam, a triple, and a double in Friday's win over the Diamondbacks. He became the first Dodger to have all those hits in one game since Luis Olmo, who would later become the first Puerto Rican player in a World Series, did it against the Cubs on May 18, 1945. The last player for any team to have those hits while also driving in six runs was the Pirates' Jim Morrison, against the Dodgers, on June 1, 1986.
The Nationals lost Sunday's home game when the Pirates' Starling Marte cranked an 18th-inning homer for a 2-1 victory. Since moving to Washington, the team has played only one other game of that length, in the 2014 division series against the Giants. They lost 2-1 on an 18th-inning home run (by Brandon Belt).
Sandy Leon, Saturday: Third Red Sox hitter this year with four RBIs batting ninth (Ryan Hanigan, Jackie Bradley Jr.). First time Sox have had three players do it since 1980 (Dwight Evans, Butch Hobson, Glenn Hoffman).
George Springer, Friday: Hit Astros' 10th leadoff home run of season, tying team record (2001). Earliest date on which a team has reached 10 since the 1973 Giants (all by Bobby Bonds).
Mariners, Sunday: Grounded into five double plays in loss to Astros, tying franchise mark done four times (most recently in 2004).
Blue Jays, Friday: Scored seven runs without an extra-base hit, first time doing so since 2007. Only other loss in such a game was Sept. 25, 2001, at Cleveland.