On Monday night, Andrew Cashner of the Padres struck out twelve Mets in just 4.2 innings. He also gave up 11 hits in those 4.2 innings, so he was removed from the game. That was the first time in major league history where a pitcher gave up more than ten hits while striking out more than ten batters, in fewer than five full innings.
- So of course, even though this was the first time it had happened in major league history, it happened again the next night. Noah Syndergaard of the Mets struck out ten Padres while giving up ten hits across just four innings.
– Not only did a pitching feat that had never happened before happen twice in two nights, it happened twice in the same series.
— Speaking of the Mets, Bartolo Colon has a three-game hitting streak. He’s also hitting .174 – not too shabby for a pitcher. That’s a better batting average than at least one regular player in baseball – Stephen Drew is batting .169.
Pat Venditte made his major league debut for the Athletics.
- He is a switch-pitcher, only the second in major league history.
Jeff Francoeur hit a grand slam off Madison Bumgarner.
- Of course, the Phillies actually lost that game. That said, Frenchy drove in the winning run against the Giants a night later.
– The other player to hit a grand slam off Bumgarner is Jordan Pacheco (h/t @hankschulman).
On Saturday, Christian Bethancourt hit a walk-off home run.
- That was actually his first career home run.
Matt Wieters triple on Sunday.
The Rangers and Nationals have the same record.
- The top two teams in the AL West are the Astros and Rangers.