Pujols and Trout homer in the same game for fifth time in 2015
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Thursday:
• Albert Pujols and Mike Trout both homered in the Angels' 6-2 win over the Rays. The game marked the fifth time this season the two have homered in the same contest. For Pujols, the homer was his 537th, giving him one more than Mickey Mantle. Pujols needs 11 more round-trippers to match Mike Schmidt, who ranks as 15th in Major League history. Pujols' 537 homers are the sixth most for a player through his age-35 season. He needs five more to match Willie Mays' tally. Pujols also has 1,122 career extra-base hits, tying Manny Ramirez for 14th all-time. Among players through their age-35 seasons, Pujols' 1,122 are the fourth-most, behind the totals from Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez.
• For Trout, the homer was the 115th in his career. At 114, he had been tied with Johnny Bench and Pujols for the 13th most for a player through his age-23 season. With one more round-tripper, Trout will match the totals produced by Jimmie Foxx and Andruw Jones through their respective age-23 seasons. Trout owns a .947 OPS for this season. If he finishes this year with a mark of at least .900, it will give him four straight years of doing so. Foxx, Mel Ott and Ted Williams are the only players in history to qualify for a batting title while posting an OPS of at least .900 each year in their age-20 through age-23 seasons.
• Anthony Rizzo doubled, walked and scored two runs as the Cubs defeated the Reds, 6-3. Since the start of the 2014 season, Rizzo (playing in his age-25 season in 2015) owns a .950 OPS. There have been seven first basemen since 1893 to have their age-24/age-25 seasons combine for at least 1,000 plate appearances and an OPS of at least 950: Foxx, Gehrig, Pujols, Johnny Mize, Frank Thomas, John Olerud and Don Mattingly.
• With Scott Kazmir (8 innings, one hit) leading the way, the Athletics posted a one-hit shutout against the Rangers. The 7-0 win reflected the 25th one-hit shutout the team has recorded since moving to Oakland in 1968, and the second this season. Both this year have been against the Rangers, with the first coming on Opening Day, when Sonny Gray went the first eight and allowed the hit. The A's now have nine team shutouts this season -- the franchise's most through 62 games since the '72 club had nine.
• In the Orioles' 6-5 win against the Red Sox, Adam Jones doubled, hit his 10th home run and also collected his 11th walk of the year. Jones came into the 2015 season with two straight years of having more homers than walks. No player in the modern era has had three consecutive seasons of qualifying for the batting title and finishing with more long balls than free passes. Only nine players have even had as many as three such seasons in their career. Dave Kingman, Tony Armas and Juan Gonzalez had four seasons each, and Joe Pepitone, Shawon Dunston, Matt Williams, Vinny Castilla, Ivan Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano had three each.
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• With one more RBI, Carlos Beltran will join Eddie Murray, Chipper Jones, and Mickey Mantle as the only switch-hitters since the RBI became an official stat to reach 1,400.
• Bartolo Colon, who was born in the Dominican Republic, needs six strikeouts to pass Camilo Pascual, who was born in Cuba, on the all-time strikeout list. There are six pitchers who were born outside the United States with more career K's than Pascual's 2,167: Bert Blyleven (Netherlands), Fergie Jenkins (Canada), Pedro Martinez (Dominican Republic), Javier Vazquez (Puerto Rico), Luis Tiant (Cuba) and Juan Marichal (Dominican Republic).
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.