MLB Nine to Know, April 23

  1. The Marlins’ Anibal Sanchez came within three outs of his second career no-hitter only to lose it on a broken bat leadoff 9th inning single to Dexter Fowler. He still led Florida to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. Sanchez allowed an unearned run in the 1st, struck out nine and had a complete game one-hitter. Earlier this week, Tim Lincecum of the Giants took a no-hitter into the 7th against the Rockies. The Rockies are still tied with the Phillies and the Indians for the best record in baseball at 13-6, .684 despite hitting .248 as a team, below the NL team average of .254.
  2. A shutout is always impressive, but its really not getting to be that big a deal shutting out the Padres. Cole Hamels led the Phils to their second straight blanking of San Diego topping them last night, 4-0. Hamels and Ryan Madson combined for the four-hit shutout, Philly’s major league-leading fifth shutout. The Padres have not scored in 21 straight innings and have been shut out a major league-leading six times scoring a total of 60 runs in 20 games.
  3. It’s all about getting Quality Starts for the Boston Red Sox as Jon Lester struggled through six scoreless and the Sox held on to a 4-3 win over the Angels in Los Angeles. Jonathan Papelbon earned his fifth save. It was a happy 52nd birthday gift to Sox manager Terry Francona. Boston has won six of seven and their starters have allowed no more than two earned runs in any of the past seven games, with a 1.19 ERA during that stretch. Dan Haren (4-1) took the loss allowing four runs, two earned, in six innings while striking out six and walking three. He was the victim of shoddy play by the Angels outfield in his first loss in 13 starts since last Aug. 20.
  4. John McDonald hit a walkoff two-run 11th inning homer to give the Blue Jays a 6-4 win over the Rays. Toronto’s Jose Bautista hit his fifth home run of the season and finished a single shy of the cycle going 3-for-3, with two walks. It was McDonald’s 20th career homer and his first walkoff.
  5. Michael Pineda (3-1) became the the first pitcher in Seattle history to begin his career with four consecutive quality starts as he led the Mariners to a 4-0 win over the A’s with six shutout innings. Pineda gave up five hits, struck out five and walked two. Brandon League induced a base loaded game-ending double play for his fifth save in five chances.
  6. Justin Verlander ended his seven inning night by striking out A.J. Pierzynski, his eighth strikeout of the night and Verlander’s 1,000th of his career as the Tigers sent the White Sox down to their eighth defeat in nine games, 9-3. Verlander allowed four hits, including two home runs by Carlos Quentin and another by Paul Konerko.  Konerko passed Ralph Kiner and tied Gil Hodges for 68th place on the all time HR list, with 370. Verlander is 2-2 this month with a 3.50 ERA. In his Aprils career he is now 9-13 with a 4.76 ERA. The all-time Tigers strikeout leaders are below.
  7. All the Dodgers seemingly needed was to sideline Frank McCourt. Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer, Marcus Thames pinch-hit a two run homer, Andre Ethier extended his major league-best hitting streak to 19 games and Chad Billingsley contributed with outstanding pitching as the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs, 12-2.  Billingsley tossed 6.1 innings allowing seven hits two runs, only one earned, and struck out and walked three. The Dodgers have won five of six, including three straight since Major League Baseball seized control of the team.
  8. Three games were postponed last night: the Yankees in Baltimore, the Indians in Minnesota, and the Nationals in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals waited out a 2:10 rain delay to defeat the Reds, 4-2. Tony LaRussa craftily used substitute starter Miguel Batista for six pitches, and then brought in scheduled starter Kyle McClellan after the rain delay. Mother Nature is clearly not a Yankee fan as the Bombers were rained out for the third time in 17 days. The Yankees are scheduled to play the next 16 days before a break May 9, and 32 of the next 33 days. None of the rainouts have been made up as of yet.
  9. On this date: April 23, 1954, the Milwaukee Braves are visiting the St. Louis Cardinals. In the 29th plate appearance of his young career, future all-time home run champion Henry Aaron hit the first homer of his career off Cardinals’ starter Vic Raschi. The Braves eventually won that game, 7-5 in 14 innings. Baseball’s greatest home run hitter finished his career with 755 homers and 100 of them, including the first, were hit in the 6th inning.

All-time Tigers strikeout leaders:
Rk Player SO From To G GS CG SHO W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB ERA
1 Mickey Lolich 2679 1963 1975 508 459 190 39 207 175 .542 10 3361.2 3093 1415 1289 1014 3.45
2 Jack Morris 1980 1977 1990 430 408 154 24 198 150 .569 0 3042.2 2767 1382 1262 1086 3.73
3 Hal Newhouser 1770 1939 1953 460 373 212 33 200 148 .575 19 2944.0 2639 1181 1003 1227 3.07
4 Tommy Bridges 1674 1930 1946 424 362 200 33 194 138 .584 10 2826.1 2675 1321 1122 1192 3.57
5 Jim Bunning 1406 1955 1963 304 251 78 16 118 87 .576 12 1867.1 1692 796 715 564 3.45
6 George Mullin 1380 1902 1913 435 395 336 34 209 179 .539 6 3394.0 3206 1480 1042 1106 2.76
7 Hooks Dauss 1201 1912 1926 538 388 245 22 223 182 .551 39 3390.2 3407 1594 1245 1067 3.30
8 Dizzy Trout 1199 1939 1952 493 305 156 28 161 153 .513 34 2591.2 2504 1101 922 978 3.20
9 Denny McLain 1150 1963 1970 227 219 94 26 117 62 .654 1 1593.0 1321 605 554 450 3.13
10 Bill Donovan 1079 1903 1918 261 242 213 29 140 96 .593 3 2137.1 1862 802 591 685 2.49
11 Virgil Trucks 1046 1941 1956 316 229 84 20 114 96 .543 13 1800.2 1618 786 700 732 3.50
12 John Hiller 1036 1965 1980 545 43 13 6 87 76 .534 125 1242.0 1040 438 391 535 2.83
13 Frank Lary 1031 1954 1964 304 274 123 20 123 110 .528 7 2008.2 1975 884 772 579 3.46
14 Justin Verlander 1000 2005 2011 170 170 11 3 85 54 .612 0 1100.1 1012 497 464 363 3.80
15 Joe Coleman 1000 1971 1976 203 201 56 11 88 73 .547 0 1407.2 1326 671 597 576 3.82
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