Thursday, August 26, 2010
King Felix youngest to 1,000 K since Doc
Let's take a look at some of the notes from around baseball Wednesday night:
• Felix Hernandez pulled his record to .500 (10-10) by allowing two runs (one earned) in 7 1/3 IP in the Seattle Mariners 4-2 win at the Boston Red Sox. King Felix's seventh strikeout of the night (in the sixth inning against David Ortiz) was the 1,000th of his MLB career. At 24 years and 139 days old, Hernandez is the fourth-youngest pitcher in MLB history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts. Hernandez is now 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his career at Fenway Park.
• Trevor Cahill allowed 1 unearned run in seven innings pitched against the Cleveland Indians to pick up his 14th win of the season. His performance is the 17th straight quality start by Oakland Athletics starters. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest streak by an MLB team since the Braves had a 21-start streak in 1997. It is the longest by an AL team since the Yankees had an 18-start streak back in 1981.
• In the Texas Rangers win over the Minnesota Twins, Josh Hamilton reached 30 HR for the second time in his career. He's the seventh player to have multiple 30-HR seasons for the Rangers. Twins starter Brian Duensing had gone 110 AB without allowing a HR to a left-handed batter before Hamilton's blast.
• Vladimir Guerrero hit his 430th career home run and is now one HR shy of tying Cal Ripken, Jr. for 39th all-time.
• C.J. Wilson improved to 10-2 at home. He's the first Rangers starter with 10 home wins since 2004 (Kenny Rogers and Ryan Drese). Joe Mauer was hitless in three at-bats vs Wilson. He's now 1-17 in his career against Wilson. His .059 batting average vs Wilson is his worst vs any pitcher he has faced at least 10 times.
• Hiroki Kuroda tossed seven innings and picks up a win as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers. However, the story we're following is Kuroda's batting (or lack thereof). Kuroda went 0-3 and is now hitless in 43 at-bats this season. The last player with MORE than 40 AB without a hit (in an entire season) was Randy Tate in 1975.
• The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies again and have now taken the opening three games of their four-game set at Citizens Bank Park. It's the Phillies' first three-game home losing streak since April. The Astros have won four straight on the road for the first time since April of 2009.