Nine to Know: Double figures

"It was fun out there," ... "I got to work through some trouble. I threw sinkers, a cutter, one curve and three changeups. ...... Fortunately I was able to keep the ball in the ballpark."

  1. 20/27 – “The first five innings looked like a ZIP code, that will tell you how it went … 33354,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told the AP post-game. “I think that’s Florida … Fort Lauderdale.” The Texas Rangers scored 18 times in the first five innings and by the time the night was done they had defeated Twins, 20-6. The Rangers piled on 27 hits led by Ian Kinsler who had four hits including a homer and four RBI. Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz also had four hits.  Michael Cuddyer moved from right field to the mound to pitch the 8th for the Twins. Cuddyer loaded the bases before he retired Elvis Andrus on a fly ball and David Murphy on a pop-up for a scoreless inning. Texas has won 15 of 18.
  2. 16 – Yeah, that’s 16 straight losses for the Mariners. Seattle dropped another one last night to the Yankees, 10-3. Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira each homered and drove in three runs. The M’s look so out of sync right now, it’s sad. At first it was lack of offense, but now the pitching is failing as well. The Mariners were 43-43, .500 on July 5, but this morning they are 43-59 in the longest losing streak streak in the majors since Kansas City lost 19 in a row in 2005.
  3. 11 – Indians rookie Jason Kipnis picked up his first major league hit when he came to bat with the bases

    Huff hugging Kipnis

    loaded and two outs in the 9th and delivered a walkoff single to give Cleveland a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. The hit gave the Indians their 11th last at-bat home win and enabled them to break a four-game losing streak.

  4. 14 – It took a rain delay of 2:21, then 14 innings, but the Royals came in to Fenway Monday night and by 1:59 Tuesday morning they defeated the Red Sox, 3-1. Melky Cabrera had four hits and Eric Hosmer had three for the Royals. It was KC’s 10th extra-inning victory of the season, the most in the majors.
  5. 22 – The Red Sox Muddy Chicken, Dustin Pedroia last night to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. It’s the longest for a Red Sox second baseman since Denny Doyle hit in 22 straight in 1975. Pedroia has reached base safely in 34 straight games.
  6. 16 – Dan Uggla stretched his hitting streak to 16 games last night, but only after an Official Scorer changed a ruling from Sunday’s game. Third baseman Miguel Cairo was given an error on Uggla’s 6th inning at-bat in the Reds’ 4-3 win on Sunday and it was changed to a hit on Monday. The Braves say the ruling was changed to a hit for Uggla on Monday. Last night, in the Braves 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh, Uggla once again singled in the 6th to extend the streak. According to our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau, Uggla is the first player  since 1900 — with a batting average below .200 at the end of a player’s 16th game of a single-season hitting streak. Uglla is hitting .198.
  7. 58 – Rockies catcher Chris Ianetta drew his 58th walk of the season last night in Colorado’s 8-4 loss to the Dodgers to break his own record for walks by a catcher. The record for walks by a catcher is held by Gene Tenace who walked 125 in 1977. Since 2000, the only catcher with over a hundred walks is Jorge Posada who walked 107 times in 2000. Brian McCann led all catchers last season with 74.
  8. 33 – The Cardinals beat the Astros last night, 10-5. Yadier Molina had a single, double and a homer for the second time in three games and homered for the third straight game. The Astros have won 33 games and have a winning percentage of .324 which means that if the Astros won their next 33 straight, they would still be three games under .500 at 66-69
  9. 59 – Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland was ejected for the 59th time in his career, but it was probably just as well as that way he didn’t need to hang around and watch his team lose to the White Sox, 6-3. Paul Konerko hit his 23rd homer and A.J. Pierzynski his fourth for the White Sox who moved to 3.5 games out of first in the AL Central.