BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

By Bill Arnold/@sfgwire

THE SON ALSO RISES

After a less than auspicious start to his big-league career, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., announced his presence in the majors on Tuesday night when he produced his first career multi-homer game, went three-for-four and drove in four runs. The son of soon-to-be inducted Hall-of-Famer, Vladimir Guerrero, showed why he was one of the top prospects in the minor leagues. The Blue Jay third baseman, who at age 20 years and 59 days, became the third youngest player to accomplish the feat – following Mel Ott (19 years and 187 days) in 1928 and Juan Soto (19.321) in 2018. More impressively, Guerrero also became the third-youngest player to hit his first two home runs in the same game. The only players younger than Junior to pop their first two homers in the same game were Brian McCall (19 years, 248 days), who connected for his first two (and only two career HRs) on September 30, 1962 and Manny Machado (20.035) who did on August 10, 2012. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the younger Guerrero had been batting just .191 (9-for-47).

The following two lists show the youngest five players to hit their first homer and produce a multi-homer game in the last 111 years:

Youngest to hit a homer

Player Year Team Age (Years and days)
Tommy Brown 1945 Dodgers 17.257
Danny Murphy 1960 Cubs 18.021
Phil Cavarretta 1934 Cubs 18.068
Mel Ott 1927 Giants 18.138
Ed Kranepool 1963 Mets 18.162

Youngest to hit first multi-homers in a game

Player Year Team Age (Years and days)
Danny Murphy 1961 Cubs 19.035
Mel Ott 1928 Giants 19.077
Andruw Jones 1996 Braves     19.121
Ken Griffey Jr 1989 Mariners 19.190
Juan Soto 2018 Nationals 19.321

FAKE NEWS

Former catcher Paul Lo Duca, who since retiring has become a podcaster for a gambling website called “The Favorites,” recently accused long-time umpire “Cowboy” Joe West of accepting a gift in exchange for calling balls and/or strikes and that the umpire had ejected him eight or nine times during his playing career. Lo Duca also claimed that former reliever Billy Wagner had told him that he had bribed West in 2006 or 2007 by offering the umpire the keys to drive his 1957 Chevy and then stated that West had even thrown him out before a game because the umpire had it out for him. An analysis, provided by Close Call Sports (an umpire tracking service), reveals that West was never Wagner’s plate umpire in any game during the 2006-09 seasons. Additionally, West ejected Lo Duca just one time during his career and never booted him from a game before it had started.

AROUND THE HORN

Bruce Bochy needs seven more wins to become the 25th manager to win 1,000 games with one franchise; the Giants skipper just missed reaching that mark with the Padres by 41 wins, which would have made him the only manager to win 1,000 games with two different franchises.

… The Phillies are the only team that hasn’t reached double-digits in stolen bases.

… By the end of Thursday’s games, the Padres will have passed the Mets for second place for second longest no-hitter futility among major-league teams having gone 8,020 games, the 1962-2012 Mets went 8,019 games before Johan Santana‘s gem ended the string; the 1906-64 Phillies own the major league record by having gone 8,945 games before Jim Bunning twirled a perfect game.

… According to the good folks at the Elias Sports Bureau, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, after striking out 17 Rockies on Tuesday night following a 14-strikeout game against the Orioles on May 8, joined Mets’ hurler Dwight “Doc” Gooden as the only pitchers to strike out 30 or more batters in back-to-back games without issuing a walk; “Doc” owns the record after he struck out 16 batters in consecutive games to total 32 KO’d batters without issuing a walk late in 1984 as a 19-year-old rookie.

… The Rockies are 1-14 (.067) when they score four or fewer runs in a game.

… “The Office of the Chief of Protocol” at the White House must not have a sports-minded person on its staff when an email inviting reporters to the Red Sox visit to meet President Trump on May 9 referred to the team as “2018 World Cup Series Champions.”

Edwin Encarnacion needs one more double to join Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera as the only active players to have 350 doubles and 350 home runs; in all, the Mariner 1B/DH would be the 74th major leaguer to produce such a resume.

… The Angels’ Mike Trout has more games of reaching base at least three times (302) than not reaching base (148) at all.

… Saturday marks the 107th anniversary of the date when the Tigers went on strike to protest Ty Cobb‘s suspension for running into the stands to attack a heckler several days earlier; to avoid a forfeit and a fine manager Hughie Jennings recruited college players and others to play the host A’s, but the Tigers lost, 24-2, and the Tigers started pitcher Allan “Joe” Travers, who tossed a complete game for the losers, gave up all 24 runs (14 earned) and batted third in the lineup (0 for 3).

Cody Bellinger became the first Dodger player to carry a .400 batting average after 173 plate appearances (May 12) since Jackie Robinson was at .407 (59-for-145) after 173 plate appearance in 1951.

Stephen Piscotty snapped the A’s 84-game streak (second longest in MLB history) of not recording a sacrifice when he was able to advance a runner in the ninth inning by moving the runners to second and third on May 11; the Tigers are the only team left in the majors that hasn’t recorded a sac bunt this season.

… Orioles’ starter John Means has induced the second most swings and misses of any left-handed pitcher this season with 43 through Thursday; Cole Hamels of the Cubs leads with 45.

… The Marlins became the first team to feature three Colombia-born players on the same roster when Harold Ramirez made his debut with the team on May 11; the left fielder joined catcher Jorge Alfaro and right-handed pitcher Tayron Guerrero on the team’s active roster.

Edwin Jackson pitched for his 14th different team when he started for the Blue Jays against the Giants on Wednesday to break Ocativio Dotel’s record of 13; Jackson had previously seen duty with Dodgers, Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals, Cubs, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Orioles and A’s during his 17-season career and is 3-3 with eight no-decisions in his first games with each team.

… The Rays’ Anthony Bemboom became only the seventh major-leaguer to make his debut to catch a reigning Cy Young Award winner when he caught Blake Snell on May 12; the other six rookies were John Marzano/Roger Clemens (1987), Barry Lyons/Dwight Gooden (1986), Bob Melvin/Willie Hernandez (1985), Dave Skaggs/Jim Palmer (1977), Larry Cox/Steve Carlton (1973) and Jim Campanis/Sandy Koufax (1966).

Whit Merrifield of the Royals is the only major leaguer to have at least six doubles, six triples, six home runs and six stolen bases.

… For the first time in major-league history, two rookie starting pitchers produced their first career two-hit games in back-to-back games between the Jays and the Giants; on Tuesday, the Jays’ Trent Thornton had two singles and on Wednesday, the Giants’ Shaun Anderson recorded a double and a single as both pitchers also had the first hit of their careers.

… When Justin Turner was drilled by a pitch for the fourth consecutive game on Wednesday, the Dodger third baseman tied Hall-of-Famer Hughie Jennings’ franchise record for most consecutive games hit by pitch; Jennings set the franchise record in 1900.

… Sixty two years ago on Saturday Dick Williams of the Orioles launched a lead-off, game-tying, solo homer in the bottom of the ninth against the White Sox that forced the two teams to replay the game later that season because the two teams had agreed to a 10:20 p.m. curfew so the Pale Hose could catch a train out of “Charm City” to play in Boston the next day; had Williams had done anything else, the Sox would had won, 4-3; when the game was fully replayed nearly a month later on June 18, the Orioles won, 2-1, however Williams wasn’t there since he had been traded few days earlier to the Indians.

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Edited by Rick Wacha

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