Kernels: A week filled with 0s and 1s


Our weekly look at the interesting and unusual in MLB brings you a lot of zeroes and ones.

• The Cleveland Indians managed just one hit-- a Michael Bourn single via replay overturn-- against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. While all teams get one- or no-hit on occasion, Monday's game came immediately after their one-hit performance (a Lonnie Chisenhall single) in Seattle on Sunday.

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Being one-hit in back-to-back games has happened just five times in the live-ball era (2013 Reds, 2008 Astros, 1996 Tigers, 1965 Mets). The Indians are the first of those five to do it against different opponents.

Thanks to solo homers, teams often score despite getting one-hit. That's the case for those other four teams as well. The Indians are the first team to post back-to-back games of zero runs and one hit since the Boston Braves did it against the New York Giants in September 1916.

• The San Diego Padres also got one-hit on Monday... and won! It was the fourth one-hit victory in franchise history; they of course posted a 3-1-0 linescore against Pittsburgh just a month ago. They also beat the Giants in 2010 and the Cubs in 1975.

In the past 100 years, only one other team has won two games where they got one-hit; the Los Angeles Dodgers did it in 1965 (both games against the Chicago Cubs, including one in which their pitcher, Sandy Koufax, pitched a perfect game).

Rick Porcello, who hadn't thrown a shutout in his career before June 26, threw another on Tuesday. Porcello didn't issue a walk, but amazingly, also didn't strike out a single hitter. All 31 batters put the ball in play, 22 of them to the infield.

The last Detroit Tigers pitcher to throw any complete game with zero strikeouts was Jose Lima's eight-inning loss against Kansas City on August 11, 2001. Their last strikeout-free shutout was thrown by Doyle Alexander on April 24, 1989.

Alexander, however, allowed seven hits and five walks in his shutout (impressive in its own right). The last Tiger with a walk-free and strikeout-free shutout was Dizzy Trout, who also did it against the Athletics-- on September 26, 1944.

As for those back-to-back shutouts? Porcello is the first Tigers pitcher with consecutive shutouts since Jack Morris tossed three straight on either side of the 1986 All-Star break.

Freddie Freeman's line on Monday: 0-for-1 with three walks and a sacrifice fly. His last walk came with bases loaded, so he drove in two runs.

He's the fourth hitter this season with three walks and a sac fly in a game, but only one other Braves player has had three walks, a sacrifice fly, and driven in two runs since all those stats reached their current definitions in 1954. That one player is Hank Aaron, who had the exact same line as Freeman in a 9-5 win over the Cardinals on June 23, 1959.

• The Blue Jays and Athletics played scoreless ball Friday before Melky Cabrera's 12th-inning bobble allowed Derek Norris to score from first for a 1-0 walk-off win.

The error means no RBI is credited on the play. The last time Oakland won a game without an RBI? July 4 of LAST season. And that runner was also Derek Norris; he scored on a passed ball for the only run of a 1-0 win over the Cubs. Of the 24 such games in their history, three have come on Independence Day (the other was 1980).

The Athletics hadn't had a 1-0 walk-off win in 12+ innings since July 20, 2004, when Damian Miller's single scored Jermaine Dye in the bottom of the 14th... also against Toronto.

• Minor-league minute: It doesn't fit the binary theme, but it's too weird not to mention.

Mariners prospect Andrew Kittredge recorded five strikeouts in the eighth inning Tuesday for the High Desert Mavericks of the high-A California League. All were swinging, two at wild pitches; Kittredge faced seven Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) batters and gave up a run without a ball being put in play. The other batters were a hit-by-pitch and an intentional walk.

It was the first five-strikeout inning in full-season play in exactly three years. On July 1, 2011, Mark Montgomery did it for the Yankees' low-A affiliate, the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs.

And if you're wondering, five strikeouts in an inning has never been done in the majors.