By Bill Arnold/@sfgwire
SPECIAL ROUND TRIP
On Tuesday night, Justin Verlander of the Houston Astro lost a chance for his third career no-hitter when Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu broke up the no-hit attempt with his 11th home run of the season with one out in the top of the seventh inning. It was the second-straight night that a pitcher had to endure losing a no-hitter via a long ball.
On Monday night Mike Soroka of the Atlanta Braves lost his perfect game when Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants broke up the bid in the bottom of the sixth inning with a first-pitch, lead-off homer. Abreu and Crawford are the 14th and 15th batters to break up no-hitter attempts after the fifth inning with home runs since 2018.
The chart below details when the pitcher witnessed his no-hitter leave the yard (* – perfect game attempt; # – relief pitcher attempting to preserve no-hitter):
|Date||Pitcher||Team||Batter||Team||Inning of lost no-no (out)|
|5/21/2019||Justin Verlander||Astros||Jose Abreu||White Sox||7th (1 out)|
|5/20/2019||Mike Soroka*||Braves||Brandon Crawford||Giants||6th (0 outs)|
|4/14/2019||Vince Velasquez||Phillies||Brian Anderson||Marlins||6th (2 outs)|
|4/13/2019||Adam Wainwright||Cardinals||Jesse Winker||Reds||6th (0 outs)|
|4/4/2019||Noah Syndergaard||Mets||Victor Robles||Nationals||7th (0 out)|
|9/12/2018||Blake Snell||Rays||Jose Ramirez||Indians||6th (0 out)|
|8/31/2018||Jordan Zimmermann||Tigers||Brett Gardner||Yankees||6th (1 out)|
|8/22/2018||Jack Flaherty||Cardinals||Joc Pederson||Dodgers||6th (1 out)|
|7/28/2018||Jhoulys Chacin||Brewers||Nick Hundley||Giants||6th (1 out)|
|6/30/2018||German Marquez*||Rockies||Enrique Hernandez||Dodgers||6th (0 outs)|
|6/22/2018||Jack Flaherty||Cardinals||Jesus Aguilar||Brewers||7th (0 outs)|
|4/24/2018||Tyler Mahle||Reds||Freddie Freeman||Braves||6th (0 outs)|
|4/22/2018||Francisco Liriano||Tigers||Whit Merrifield||Royals||6th (0 outs)|
|4/1/2018||Pedro Araujo#||Orioles||Randal Grichuk||Blue Jays||7th (1 out)|
THE TROUT REPORT
Mike Trout entered the record book, yet again, when he clubbed his 250th-career home run, thus becoming the 13th player to reach that milestone during his age- 27 season on May 18. The Angels’ franchise player now needs to steal five more bases to become the first-ever major leaguer to reach 250 career homers and 200 stolen bases before their age-28 season. The outfielder would become the 10th A.L. player (Don Baylor, George Brett, Jose Canseco, Joe Carter, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Robin Yount) to accomplish the feat during their entire playing careers.
AROUND THE HORN
… When the Angels called their game against the Twins because of a wet outfield on Wednesday night, it marked only the 108th weather-related postponement) of a major-league game in California since the majors moved to the state in 1958.
… The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the White Sox became the fourth team since 1969 to hit a grand slam and turn a triple play when they played the Astros in Houston on Wednesday night; the three previous teams to accomplish this baseball oddity were the Blue Jays (1979), the Mets (2002) and the Tigers (2017).
… The Giants haven’t had a starting pitcher complete seven innings since Madison Bumgarner went seven on April 13; the team has now gone 31 games without a starter logging seven innings, which is the longest streak in the majors this season and the longest by a Giants team in the last 100 years.
… Hall-of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman is disconnecting his microphone after 46 seasons of calling Reds’ games at the end of the season; he’s the eighth broadcaster to work for the same team for at least 46 years – joining Jaime Jarrin (47 years-Dodgers), Jack Buck (48-Cardinals), Mike Shannon (48-Cardinals), Bob Uecker (49-Brewers), Denny Matthews (51-Royals), Ralph Kiner (1962-2013 (51-Mets) and Vin Scully (67-Dodgers).
… The Orioles’ Class-A team, the Delmara Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League, have the best record (35-10) and winning percentage (.778) of any of the 120 minor league teams organized baseball.
… The Rays used reliever Hunter Wood to serve as an “opener” to start the game on Tuesday night against the visiting Dodgers; the team has now used an opener 69 times to begin a game since debuting the strategy on May 19 last season; the team is 9-6 this season and 41-29 in opener-started games.
… Professional baseball’s leading home-run hitter and RBI man isn’t playing in the majors, because he’s playing for the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces, where Kevin Cron leads all of professional baseball with 21 home runs and 62 RBIs through Thursday’s games; the 26-year-old first baseman is on pace to hit 63 home runs and drive in 185 runs.
… The Yankees haven’t been shutout in 131 consecutive games which is the longest active streak in the majors; the last team to have a longer streak belonged to the 2011-12 Tigers who went 158 games without being blanked.
… The Diamondbacks are planning to train a rescue dog, named Brenly, after their former manager and current television analyst, Bob Brenly, to become a therapy dog; the canine would circulate through the Chase Field’s stands on game days to provide comfort to fans.
… The Twins have scored 289 runs which is the most the team has ever scored after 49 games; the previous record was set by 1925 pennant-winning Senators, who had scored 267 runs and were shut out only once in those games.
… Royce Lewis of the Class-A Fort Myers Miracle found a new way to showboat and be tossed from a game after hitting a long double to center field against the Bradenton Marauders on May 16; standing at second base Lewis began doing pushups on the bag, which was too much for Florida State League umpire Dillon Wilson, who ejected the Twins’ 19-year-old, minor league prospect.
… Kirby Yates (Padres-20 saves) is the only closer who has logged at least 15 saves and haven’t blown a save opportunity.
… The Mariners (0-9) and Astros (0-8) have the first and second worst records in the majors when they’re homerless; the A’s have the third-worst mark, having gone 1-15 when not going deep.
… Kris Bryant became the first Cub batter to hit three homers in a game off three different pitchers (Justin Miller, Kyle Barraclough and Matt Grace of the host Nationals) on May 17 since Dave Kingman turned the trick on May 17, 1979; “Kong” hit his trio of dingers off the Phillies (Randy Lerch, Doug Bird and Ron Reed) during the wild 10-inning game that the visiting Phillies won, 23-22.
… Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story are the first pair of Rockies to each have 10-plus home runs, at least 30 runs scored and 30 or more RBIs in the team’s first 45 games since Jeromy Burnitz and Vinny Castilla did so in 2004.
… Marlins’ starter Sandy Alcantara joined Kyle Hendricks and Jeff Samardzija as the only pitchers in the past five seasons to need fewer than 90 pitches to throw a complete-game shutout; Alcantara needed just 89 pitches to blank the Mets on May 19; earlier this season Hendricks (Cubs) threw just 81 pitches to whitewash the Cardinals and Samardzija (White Sox) needed 88 pitches to blank the Tigers in 2015.
… The Astros own May’s best record with a mark of 15-5 (.750); the team has used a 15-3 spurt over their last 18 games to claim the mark.
… The Mariners’ OF/1B Jay Bruce needs two more home runs to become the 10th player born in Texas to hit 300 or more career round trippers; the nine other native Texan players to reach 300 or more homers are – Frank “The Judge” Robinson (586 HRs), Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks (512), Eddie Mathews (512), Adam “Big Donkey” Dunn (462), Norm Cash (377), Lance “Big Puma” Berkman (366), Don “Groove” Baylor (338), Ron Gant (321) and Rogers “Rajah” Hornsby (301).
… Frankie Montas has allowed three runs or less in 10 starts for the A’s; the right-hander also has gone 44 innings without giving up a home run, which is the longest active streak in the majors by a starting pitcher.
… The Giants for just seventh time since moving to Oracle Park in 2000 rallied for a two-out, come-from-behind, walk-off win; overall, since moving to San Francisco in 1958, the team has recorded 26 two-out, come-from-behind victories (two at Seals Stadium and 17 at Candlestick Park).
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Edited by Rick Wacha
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