Rays right-hander notches third straight game with at least 11 K's, no walks
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues this weekend.
• In the Rays' 3-1 win on Sunday, Chris Archer fanned 11 with no walks -- his third straight game with at least 11 strikeouts and no walks. Archer is the first pitcher since at least 1914 to have three straight games with 10 or more strikeouts and no walks. Only 17 pitchers in the previous 101 seasons had had back-to-back efforts like this, with the most recent being Jose Fernandez in 2014.
• On Friday as the Yankees beat the Angels, 8-7, Alex Rodriguez scored the run that moved him past Stan Musial and into sole possession of eighth all time, drove in the run that broke a tie with Barry Bonds and moved Rodriguez into sole possession of second all time and collected four hits to move within nine of 3,000.
• On Saturday, Jose Reyes collected two hits and a walk, stole three bases and helped the Blue Jays to a 7-2 win over the Astros. On Sunday, Reyes stole two more bases. Since the start of the 2014 season, Reyes is 39-for-41 in stolen-base attempts. Reyes' success rate of 95.12 percent since the start of last season is the third best in the Majors, among players with at least 20 attempts. Michael Brantley leads (96.77 percent) and James Jones follows (96.43 percent).
• In his second career appearance, Rangers right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez hurled a three-hit shutout to beat the Royals, 4-0, on Friday. Gonzalez's effort made him the 42nd pitcher since 1914 to hurl a shutout on three or fewer hits in either his first or second game. Gonzalez was the first to do this since Minnesota's Andrew Albers on Aug. 12, 2013, and the second Senators/Rangers pitcher in history to do it.
• On Saturday, Francisco Rodriguez notched his 358th career save to tie Troy Percival for ninth all time as the Brewers beat the Twins, 4-2. Rodriguez's 358 through his age-33 season are the most ever, far ahead of John Wetteland's 330.
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• Padres closer Craig Kimbrel needs one more save for 200 in his career. His 199 before turning 28 years old are the second most, with Rodriguez having 243 by then. Kimbrel turns 28 on May 28, 2016.
• Andrew McCutchen is one RBI shy of 500 for his career. There have been nine Pirates players to reach 500 RBIs through their first seven seasons, including outfielders Paul Waner, Ralph Kiner, Dave Parker and Bonds.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.