Sunday, April 11, 2010
Rapid reaction: Halladay brings Astro-doom
By ESPN Stats & Info
How bad are things going for the Houston Astros, now 0-6, after getting swept by the Phillies? The Arizona Diamondbacks matched their production for the week in a single inning on Sunday. That was one of many highlights from a busy day.
Diamondbacks fourth inning: 13 runs, three home runs, four walks
Astros first six games: 13 runs, two home runs, five walks
* By beating the Astros, Roy Halladay won his 150th game. He is now 150-76, the fifth-best winning percentage of any pitcher with 150+ wins who debuted in 1900 or later. The four guys ahead of him: Whitey Ford, Pedro Martinez, Lefty Grove, and Christy Mathewson.
Only two pitchers in Phillies history have started their careers with a pair of starts in which they allowed one run and struck out eight. Halladay matched the effort of Senator Jim Bunning, who did so in 1964.
Halladay's 45 complete games since 2003 are more than the total for 24 different teams.
* The Tigers won in crazy fashion, on a walk-off wild pitch for the first time since September 27, 2003.
This is significant because that was a game in which the Tigers avoided tying the 1962 Mets record for losses in a season. A loss would have been their 120th. The win kept them at 119, which is where they finished the season after winning the next day.
* Jorge Cantu has an RBI in each of the first six games he's appeared in this season. That's the best RBI start by a player since Vladimir Guerrero had one in six straight games in 2007. It's also one shy of the Marlins record, set by Cliff Floyd in 2001.
* With the grand slams by Josh Willingham and Luis Valbuena in the first inning Sunday, we had something happen for the first time in nearly four years.
The last time two players hit a grand slam in the first inning on the same day:
September 15, 2006: Pat Burrell (against Roger Clemens) and Ryan Shealy.