Saturday, June 25, 2011
We have a 10-game winner, finally
The majors got its first 10-game winner on Saturday, as CC Sabathia held the Colorado Rockies to one run on seven hits, improving to 10-4 this season and 7-1 with a 3.03 ERA over his last eight starts.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Yankee to be the first to record double-digit wins was Tommy John in 1979. Sabathia also improved to 50-19 in pinstripes, becoming the fifth Yankee pitcher over the last 60 years to have 50 wins with the club before reaching 20 losses.
A total of six starts had been made by pitchers going for their 10th win entering the day, and all had come up empty-handed before Sabathia ended the streak. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that this just the third time (in a non-strike season) in MLB history that baseball will get its first 10-game winner on June 25 or later. In both 1943 and 1950, the first pitcher to 10 wins reached the mark on June 28.
Here's a few other notes from a busy Saturday afternoon in baseball:
• The San Francisco Giants beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on a balk by Indians reliever Tony Sipp in the seventh inning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time since May 10, 2006 in which the only run of a game scored on a balk (Rays defeated Mariners, 1-0).
• The Mets routed the Rangers 14-5 in Texas, scoring all their runs without a ball leaving the park. The 14 runs scored without a home run are the most by any team at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington since the Rangers scored 14 there against the Giants in July 1999.
• Alexi Ogando allowed six runs (three earned) in just three innings pitched, and lost at home for the first time in his career. He now is 0-2 with a 11.45 ERA in three starts vs New York teams (Yankees, Mets) and 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his other 12 starts this season.