Mariners righty snaps streak of 12 straight no-hitters authored by NL hurlers
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are four interesting items from around the big leagues Wednesday …
• Throwing 77 of his 116 pitches for strikes, 34-year-old Hisashi Iwakuma authored the fourth no-hitter of the 2015 season. The Mariners right-hander fanned seven and walked three Orioles. The three previous no-hitters this year came from the Giants' Chris Heston, the Nationals' Max Scherzer and the Phillies' Cole Hamels, and Iwakuma's no-hitter snapped a streak of 12 straight by National League representatives. Since 1920, the big leagues have seen 188 regular-season individual no-hitters. Iwakuma's included, 22 of them have come from pitchers who were at least 34 years old. At 34 years and 122 days old, Iwakuma was the 20th oldest among the 188.
• Behind Clayton Kershaw's eight innings of three-hit baseball, the Dodgers blanked the Nationals, 3-0. Kershaw fanned eight in the game, and he has 205 strikeouts for the season. Kershaw's six 200-strikeout seasons are tied for the most in history for any player through his age-27 season. Walter Johnson, fellow southpaw Sam McDowell and Bert Blyleven were the others to do this. Kershaw has fanned at least 200 in each of the past six seasons. He and Sandy Koufax are the only two Dodgers pitchers to have six straight. The 2014 NL MVP Award winner and NL Cy Young Award winner's tally of 1,650 career strikeouts ties him with Mathewson for the eighth highest for any pitcher through his age-27 season.
• Following a seven-run second inning, the Blue Jays cruised to a 10-3 win over the A's to capture their 10th straight victory. The first-place Jays are one win shy of matching the franchise record of 11 consecutive wins that has been accomplished four times, most recently from June 2-14 of this season. Toronto is now 13-0 when Troy Tulowitzki is in the starting lineup, and the Blue Jays are the first American League team since the 1977 Royals to have multiple 10-game winning streaks in a season.
• David Ortiz had a big day in a losing effort, belting two home runs and driving in three as the Red Sox came out on the short end of a 14-6 game with the Marlins. With the two homers, Ortiz passed Reggie Jackson on the lifetime list for extra-base hits. Now with 1,076, Ortiz is two shy of tying Cal Ripken, Jr. for 22nd place in MLB history. Ortiz also became the 34th player in history to collect at least 1,600 RBIs.
Milestone watch for Thursday
• Jon Lester is four strikeouts shy of 1,600 for his career. He would be the 15th left-hander to reach the milestone through his first 10 seasons.
• Jimmy Rollins is two doubles shy of 500. Rollins would be the fifth switch-hitter to reach the milestone, joining Pete Rose, Eddie Murray, Chipper Jones and Roberto Alomar.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.