BEYOND THE BOX SCORE By Bill Arnold @sfgwire


… Through Friday, the Dodgers had won 50 consecutive games in which they led at any point, an on-going MLB record.

… The Red Sox and Twins are the only teams in the majors that have yet to hit a grand slam this season.

… On Thursday, Yankees starter CC Sabathia joined Steve Carlton, Randy Johnson, and Mickey Lolich as the only left-handed pitchers to strike out 2,800 or more batters in the bigs.

… On Wednesday, Carlos Gomez joined Jeff Tackett (1992) and the elder Delino DeShields (1999) as the only major-leaguers since 1913 to enter a game as a pinch-hitter and finish with at least three plate appearances, zero at bats and at least two RBIs; the Rangers reserve had a sac fly, was hit by a pitch, drew a walk and drove in two in three PAs.

… According to Inside Edge, Ivan Nova of the Pirates leads all MLB starters having enticed batters to chase 34.4 percent of the 1,280 pitches he’s thrown out of the strike zone since 2016.

…  First baseman Yonder Alonso of the A’s, through Friday, led all MLB players this season with a .639 (23-for-36) batting average when he puts the first pitch of a plate appearance into play.

… The Giants have hit the fewest homers at home this season connecting for only 26 taters at AT&T Park; the Dodgers lead the bigs with 91 dingers at Dodger Stadium.

… With a win against the Mets this weekend, the Mariners would join the Red Sox (222 wins), Yankees (222), Angels (210), Cubs (204), Rangers (204), Tigers (202) and A’s (201) as the only teams to post 200 interleague wins.

Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays leads all batters this season with 154 plate appearances in which he has gone to a three-ball count.

… On May 1, the Dodgers were 14-13; since then, they’ve gone 58-18.

… The Tigers have played five nine-inning games this season that lasted more than four hours.

Pat Valaika of the Rockies, Lonnie Chisenhall of the Indians and Adam Lind of the Nationals lead the majors in pinch-hit RBIs this season; Valaika has 11 while Chisenhall and Lind have nine apiece.

… In the Rockies-Cardinals game on Tuesday, MLB experimented with cutting the time between innings from two minutes and five seconds to one minute and 45 seconds in an effort to speed up the game; the contest lasted three hours and 11 minutes, six minutes longer than the average nine-inning game this season.

… Through Friday, the A.L. held a slim one-game lead over the N.L. in 2017 interleague play, 103-102; the N.L. hasn’t won an overall interleague season since 2003.

… On Monday, the Reds joined the 1993 Cardinals, 1986 Braves and 1894 Beaneaters) as the only major-league clubs since 1876 to turn a triple play and have a player hit four homers in a game in the same season; on Monday, the Reds turned a triple play against the Yankees and, on June 6, Reds’ infielder/outfielder Scooter Gennett hit four homers against the Cardinals.