Donaldson, Bautista and Encarnacion have each surpassed 20-homer mark
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Wednesday …
• Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion each homered for the Blue Jays in a 9-7 victory over the Twins. Encarnacion's homer was his 20th of the season, giving Toronto three right-handed hitters with 20 long balls (Donaldson has 29, Bautista has 24). Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin has 15 homers and could make it a foursome by season's end. The only other big league team with more than one is the Angels (Mike Trout and Albert Pujols). Toronto also improved to 17-27 when allowing at least five runs. That .386 winning percentage for this situation is the best in the Majors. Overall, the 15 American League teams have a .200 winning percentage when surrendering at least five runs.
• Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez doubled and homered in the Rockies' walk-off 7-5 win against the Mariners in 11 innings. Gonzalez's homer came in the sixth inning with two runners aboard and Colorado down by three. He has eight go-ahead or game-tying home runs in the sixth inning or later this season. Those eight lead the Majors, with Nelson Cruz having seven.
• Chris Davis delivered a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Orioles to a 7-3 victory over the Athletics. Since the start of the 2012 season, Davis' six slams tie him with Cruz for the most in the Majors. The half-dozen slams also place Davis in a tie with Brooks Robinson, Jim Gentile and Brian Roberts for the fifth most in O's history. Eddie Murray leads with 16, and he is followed by Cal Ripken, Jr., Chris Hoiles (eight apiece) and Boog Powell (seven).
• In Boston's 2-1 win over the Yankees, David Ortiz struck the decisive blow with a solo homer in the fourth inning. Ortiz tied Mel Ott for 24th on the all-time list 1,071 extra-base hits. The homer also gave Ortiz his 1,095th run scored with the Red Sox, moving him out of a tie with Bobby Doerr for the fifth most. Ortiz also has 46 career homers against the Yanks -- a tally that ties him with Goose Goslin for the eighth most. Jimmie Foxx leads, with 70.
• Madison Bumgarner (nine strikeouts and no walks in 7 1/3 innings) picked up his 12th win as the Giants defeated the Braves, 6-1. The southpaw is working in his age-25 season, and he has 1,044 career K's and 255 walks in 1,098 innings. Among the 28 pitchers in history to have at least 1,000 K's through an age-25 season, Bumgarner's strikeout-to-walk ratio is tops (Walter Johnson's is second best), and his walk rate is the fifth lowest. Three of the four ahead of him in the latter department pitched in the 1880s: Ed Morris, Larry Corcoran and Mickey Welch. The only pitcher in the modern era to have at least 1,000 strikeouts through his age-25 season and have a lower rate of walks per nine innings through that age-season was Johnson.
Milestones watch for Thursday
• With a win vs. the Cubs, Chris Heston would become the ninth San Francisco Giants rookie to record at least a dozen victories.
• Encarnacion's next home run will be the 250th of his career and his 179th with Toronto. With it, he will tie Jesse Barfield for sixth all-time in Blue Jays franchise history.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.