Today’s Trivia: Today is the anniversary of Herb Score getting hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of the Yankees’ Gil McDougald, effectively ending his promising young career. Two years prior, Score set a rookie record with 245 strikeouts which has since been topped only by Dwight Gooden. Since Score’s 1955 season only Gooden and two other rookies have eclipsed the 225 strikeout plateau. Can you name them?
Quick Hits: Andre Ethier hit his sixth career walk-off home run on Thursday, all of which have come in the last three seasons. Here’s a few notes to put that into perspective:
Most Walk-Off HR in 3-Yr Span
* It was the first Dodgers walk-off grand slam since Russell Martin on April 21, 2007 against the Pirates
* He’s just the sixth player in baseball history with six walk-off homers in a three-year span. Roy Sievers and Jimmie Foxx are the only ones with seven
* He now trails only Duke Snider and Gil Hodges for the most walk-off home runs in Dodgers history. Snider and Hodges each hit seven
* Ethier is 2-2 with two grand slams with the bases loaded this season
* Over the past three seasons Ethier has a .452 OBP with the bases loaded
Highest Slug Pct vs Fastball
Min. 50 PA, 2010 Season
Today’s Leaderboard: Kelly Johnson went deep for the 10th time on Thursday, and once again his home run came against a fastball. Eight of his 10 homers have been off of fastballs, and he currently leads the majors with a .847 slugging percentage against the fastball.
Key Matchups: Josh Hamilton is batting .400 with two HR and six RBI during his current six-game hit streak, but he’ll have a hard time keeping that streak alive tonight. Hamilton is 0-13 in his career against Zack Greinke with seven strikeouts. All seven strikeouts have been of the swinging variety.
Expect Jim Thome to be in the Twins lineup when they take on Kevin Millwood tonight. In his career against Millwood Thome is hitting .625 with three home runs in just eight at bats. He’s also walked four times.
Trivia Answer: Hideo Nomo (236 in 1995) and Kerry Wood (233 in 1998). The closest any rookie has come since Wood was Daisuke Matsuzaka with 201 strikeouts in 2007.