Sunday, September 8, 2013
Kernels: Red Sox, Tigers rockin' and rollin'
By Doug Kern
With apologies to Casey Kasem, Ryan Seacrest, Rick Dees, and all of the notable Top-40 DJs, let's count down a brief selection of our favorite numbers from the week.
34: Runs scored by the Red Sox between Thursday and Saturday. It was their first time scoring nine or more in three straight games against the Yankees in New York. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they also became the first visiting team to score 12 or more in two straight against the Yankees since 1907. The Yankees, meanwhile, scored at least eight in each game yet lost them all, joining the 1999 Rockies as the only teams in MLB history to do that at home.
26:Hits by the Tigers against the Royals on Friday, their most since May 27, 2004. Twenty of those were singles, the Tigers' most since 1946. James Shields allowed 14 hits and is the first starter in the live-ball era to give up that many in an outing of under four innings. No reliever had even done it since Dan Dugan of the White Sox in 1929.
19:Hits by the Royals on Thursday, including a walk-off homer for a 7-6 victory over the Mariners. It was the first time the Royals had at least 19 hits and scored seven runs or less since July 29, 1995, when they had 22 hits but stranded 17 runners in a 5-4 win over Detroit.
16:Innings played by the Cardinals and Reds on Wednesday, most in the 11 seasons of Great American Ball Park.
Matt Adams was the hero with two go-ahead homers-- one in the 14th and another in the 16th. He was the first player ever to homer twice after the 13th inning of a game, and he also hit the latest one for the Cardinals since Doug Clarey (also in the 16th) in San Francisco in April 1976.
Long-Distance Dedication: The Braves' Evan Gattis hit the season's longest home run on Sunday in Philadelphia. The ball descended into the "Ashburn Alley" concourse and hit an unsuspecting fan. According to ESPN Home Run Tracker, it would have gone 486 feet had it continued back to field level. It stole the top spot from Hunter Pence's 476-footer at Coors Field on August 27.
9: Consecutive hits by the Cardinals to start the seventh inning against the Pirates on Friday. First team to record nine hits before making an out, in any inning, since the Red Sox had a 12-run frame against the Indians on May 7, 2009.
7: Red Sox players who homered in Wednesday's 20-4 win over the Tigers, the first team with seven home-run hitters since 2007. The Red Sox hadn't done it in the live-ball era. David Ortiz had two for a team total of eight, marking just the second time a team has hit eight homers in Fenway Park.
Boston also did it against Toronto on July 4, 1977. The 20 runs were a season high in the majors and the first time the Sox had reached 20 since a 25-8 win over the Marlins in 2003.
4: Stolen bases by Billy Hamilton in his first four major-league games. Scored the only run in the Reds' 1-0 victory on Wednesday, the first player to do that in his debut since Don Lock went 1-for-4 with a solo homer for the Washington Senators on July 17, 1962. Elias tells us that Hamilton is the first player in history with a steal in each of his first four MLB games.
3: Home runs by Pablo Sandoval on Wednesday. Giants' first three-homer game out of the fifth spot in the lineup or lower since outfielder Dusty Rhodes did it batting sixth on August 26, 1953.
2: Games that ended with a 12-8 final score on Friday, the first day with two such scores since May 23, 1882.
1: Hits allowed by Yusmeiro Petit on Friday; Arizona's Eric Chavez, the 27th batter of the game, singled just out of Hunter Pence's reach. The last Giants pitcher to lose a perfect game on the 27th batter was George "Hooks" Wiltse, who hit the Phillies' George McQuillan with a pitch, but did finish with a 10-inning no-hitter... on July 4, 1908