Michael Pineda was ejected from a game for blatant usage of pine tar.
- John Lackey is the first Red Sox starter to strike out at least 11 Yankees and walk none, at Fenway, in at least 100 years.
– AJ Pierzynski walked.
Jean Machi leads the NL in wins, with four.
- He has pitched nine innings all season.
The Cubs were up 5-2 going into the ninth.
- They proceeded to give up five runs that inning.
– The team they were playing was the Diamondbacks, who won.
— Of course, this was Wrigley’s 100th anniversary.
Michael Wacha’s first nine outs were all strikeouts tonight.
- The only batter to put the ball in play was Curtis Granderson.
– Wacha ended up setting a career high in strikeouts with ten…
— and a career low in innings with four.
—- He walked in both the tying and go-ahead runs in today’s game.
—– He walked Ruben Tejada with the bases loaded.
—— Wacha’s walked eight batters all season. Five were tonight.
Aaron Harang’s ERA is still under one.
The Royals hit back-to-back home runs!
- They still lost.
The Braves and Marlins combined for 28 strikeouts today.
- Neither team walked a batter
– None of those strikeouts was B.J. Upton.
— Alex Wood has had back-to-back starts of eight innings pitched and one run allowed. He has lost both games.
—- The game was played in 2:08.
Juan Francisco tripled.
Lyle Overbay stole a base.
Adam Dunn hit a home run off of a lefty.
- That the lefty in question was Phil Coke means that its inclusion here is debatable.
Carlos Ruiz tripled.
- As of the sixth inning (this writing), A.J. Burnett had three hits – or as many as the Braves hit tonight.
Travis Wood homered.
- He is a pitcher.
– David Huff, relief pitcher, also got a hit today.
— An infield single!
Ike Davis homered, too – but it wasn’t just a homer, it was a grand slam.
- Ike Davis has more grand slams this year than the Diamondbacks have wins at home, or Derek Jeter has grand slams ever.
– Both of Davis’ grand slams are against the Reds, too.
In the same inning, Craig Kimbrel gave up runs and Carlos Marmol did not.
Robinson Chirinos hit a home run.
- This means he’s now the only Ranger to have more than one homer.
Martin Maldonado literally knocked the cover off the ball. Video proof below.
The Cubs scored a run today; this is notable because…
- Due to a schedule quirk and a rain out, they’d only played on Sunday and Wednesday this week, so the run they scored today was their first since Sunday.
Aaron Harang threw seven no-hit innings against the Mets.
- The Mets-Braves game featured a pair of Youngs for the Mets and a pair of Uptons for the Braves.
– Via @eliassports and @marcpeters75, the last time this happened was April 29th, 1965 with the Giants and Dodgers (Alous and Davises).
Giancarlo Stanton hit a walk-off grand slam for the Marlins. This is predictable, but…
- This means the Marlins have now had a walk-off grand slam in three consecutive seasons. The last team to do that? The 1949-1952 Boston Red Sox.
Cesar Cabral hit three batters tonight, and via @jasoncollette, just missed out on becoming only the second reliever ever to hit four in an outing.
- The last reliever to hit three in an appearance? Javier Vazquez on 09/23/10, also in a Yankees-Rays game.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Athletics scored seven runs on just three hits.
In the top of the second inning tonight, the Yankees hit two triples.
- One of those triples was hit by Brian Roberts.
– In the bottom of the inning, the Yankees turned a triple play.
— It’s the first time that a team has hit two triples AND turned a triple play since at least 1939.
—- The last three triple plays the Yankees have turned (04/22/10, 04/12/13, 04/17/14) have all come in April, and all with CC Sabathia on the mound.
—– The last time the Yankees turned a triple play before that was in the ’60s.
Adam Wainwright hit an infield single.
Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the year.
- This gives him as many home runs as Gio Gonzalez.
Alex Wood drew a walk.
- In his last start, he became the all-time leader in PAs by a player with a career .000 OPS, a title he inherited when Justin Verlander got a hit.
– Wood also pitched a complete game, gave up one run, and lost.
— Andrelton Simmons struck out. It’s his first of the year, in 52 PAs.
In the bottom of the eighth of game two of their double-header, the Twins scored six runs. They scored the first four of those without a hit, or, technically, without an at-bat.
- They scored those runs because Toronto’s pitchers gave up eight walks and three wild pitches.
– Every Twin except for Eduardo Nuñez walked at least once in the inning.
— Josmil Pinto walked twice. Via @sethsamuelson, Pinto had four walks in nine plate appearances today; he has six walks in 83 PAs all of last season.
—- Sergio Santos threw 16 pitches. Four were strikes.
—– According to our friends at Baseball Reference, he’s the first pitcher to throw three wild pitches and not record an out.
The Yankees shut out the Cubs in both games of a doubleheader.
- The last time any team shut out any other team in both games of a doubleheader was in 1988. The last time the Yankees did it was 1987, and the last time it happened to the Cubs was 1962.
– The Yankees have set a team record with seven straight saves to start a season, and no blown saves. They set this record in 1974. Yes, this means this record stood through the Mariano Rivera years. Remember relievers that aren’t the closer can blow saves, but that’s somewhat remarkable. (h/t @yestoresearch)
— Scott Sizemore had his first RBI since 2011 today.
—- Which means he had more runs batted in than the Cubs.
Cliff Lee lost a 1-0 game in which he pitched a complete game and struck out thirteen.
- He is the first pitcher to lose a 1-0 game with at least 13 strikeouts since… himself last year.
– Lee has nine games with the Phillies where he has at least 12 strikeouts. He is 2-5 in those games. (thanks to Todd Zolecki)
— So far, Lee has only walked two batters. They are BJ Upton and JP Arencibia.
Jose Molina singled to the pitcher.
Ruben Tejada was IBBed twice in one game.
- Yes, he was batting in front of the pitcher. But it’s still Ruben Tejada.
– The Diamondbacks are 1-11 at home, if you’re counting the Australian games where they were the home team.
— On April 16, they are ten games under .500.
The Royals hit a home run!
- Prince Fielder finally hit a home run, too.
Stephen Strasburg tonight: 4.0 IP 8 H 6 R 6 ER 3 BB 5 K 1 HR
- It’s just the fifth time in his career (since 2010) that he’s allowed six or more earned runs in a start.
– The Marlins’ win ended an eight-game losing streak.
A.J. Pierzynski walked.
- Dustin Pedroia pinch ran.
– Pierzynski also threw out Alejandro De Aza on an attempted steal.
There have been three sets of back-to-back homers by the Pirates in the Pirates/Reds game.
- Gaby Sanchez and Neil Walker have gone back-to-back twice.
– It’s tied.
— There have actually been ten home runs in total in this game.
—- Which is being played in driving rain, to note.
—– It’s the sixth inning, and the Pirates have as many home runs in this game as the Rangers and Royals have all season. (h/t @kingling43)
—— It’s also worth noting that Homer Bailey gave up four of those Pirate home runs.
Yep, the Rangers only have five home runs all season so far.
- One of them is from Elvis Andrus.
– Others are from Michael Choice and Robinson Chirinos.
Mark Trumbo also has six home runs on his own, outhomering the Rangers and Royals combined.
- On a sadder note for Diamondbacks fans, that’s also more home runs than the team has wins.
The Braves hit back-to-back-to-back home runs tonight, as well.
- They are currently losing in a battle between them and the Phillies as to whose bullpen can be more brutal.
– ETA: This game was 2-1 at the end of the seventh. The final score was 9-6.
— The Phillies gave up nine walks and five home runs. The only other time in the past one hundred years that the team did that, they actually won. (h/t @coreyseidman)