Cubs righty fires sixth no-hitter of 2015; Encarnacion caps monster weekend of might
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues this past weekend ...
• On Sunday evening at Dodger Stadium, Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta fired the sixth no-hitter of the 2015 season, fanning 12 and walking one. Arrieta is the 14th Cub to toss a no-hitter, and the first since Carlos Zambrano in 2008. Over the previous half-century, the other Cubbies to toss one: Ken Holtzman (1969, '71), Burt Hooton ('72) and Milt Pappas ('72).
Arrieta is the sixth pitcher since 2012 to have at least a dozen strikeouts in a no-hitter. From 1990-2007, there were six pitchers to notch at least 12 strikeouts in a no-hitter. In addition, Arrieta is the 20th right-hander in the modern era to have at least 12 strikeouts in a no-hitter, and he's the only Cub on that list. Since the start of the 2014 season among pitchers with at least 50 starts, Arrieta's .199 batting average against is the second lowest in the Majors, behind Clayton Kershaw's .198.
Arrieta joined Mike Fiers (Aug. 21) as pitchers to no-hit the Dodgers this month. The 2010 Rays had been the last team to be victims of two no-hitters in the same year. Before the Dodgers, the last team to suffer a pair of no-nos in the same month was the 1971 Reds, who were thwarted by Holtzman on June 3, 1971, and by Phillies right-hander Rick Wise on June 23.
• In the Cardinals' win over the Giants on Sunday, Matt Carpenter produced his fifth leadoff home run of the year to tie the franchise single-season record. Lou Brock hit five in 1967 and '70, and Ray Lankford matched that tally in '94.
• Ervin Santana struck out 10 and picked up the win as the Twins defeated the Astros on Sunday. Santana's double-digit strikeout game was the first of the season for a Twins pitcher, and the franchise's 16th since the start of the 2008 season. Since the beginning of that campaign, there are 20 pitchers who have more than 16 efforts of 10-plus strikeouts, including four who have at least double that amount: Kershaw (40), Tim Lincecum (34), Max Scherzer (32) and Felix Hernandez (32).
• In the Blue Jays' 15-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion fell a solo homer shy of the home run cycle, hammering a three-run shot in the first, a two-run blast in the sixth and a grand slam in the seventh. Encarnacion, who did come to the plate twice with no one on base -- in the third and fifth innings, when he led off -- tied the club record for RBIs in a game, matching Roy Howell's tally from Sept. 10, 1977.
The slam was Encarnacion's third of the season, tying a team record first set by Carlos Delgado in 1997 and matched by Darrin Fletcher three years later. Encarnacion also authored the 19th three-homer game (Delgado's four-homer game included) in franchise history, an exceptional number considering the Blue Jays played their first game on April 7, 1977. The 19 are the second most for any franchise since the start of the '77 campaign. The Brewers, Cubs and Indians all have 19, while the Reds have 21.
In Toronto's rout, Josh Donaldson collected his 35th double of the year, becoming the 12th third baseman with at least 35 homers and 35 two-base hits in a season. In 1989, the Mets' Howard Johnson became the first to do this, and seven years later, the Blue Jays' Ed Sprague became the first American League third baseman to do it. The others: Ken Caminiti ('96), Matt Williams ('99), Chipper Jones (1999-2000), Troy Glaus (2000-01), Vinny Castilla ('04), Aramis Ramirez ('06) and Miguel Cabrera ('12). Thinking aggressively, only Jones in '99 and Cabrera in '12 went 40-40.
• On Sunday, Encarnacion added his 30th homer and Donaldson connected for his 36th long ball as the Blue Jays defeated the Tigers, 9-2. Encarnacion become the second Blue Jay to have at least four straight 30-homer seasons, joining Delgado and his eight straight from 1997-2004.
With his first-inning home run, Encarnacion extended his extra-base hit streak to eight games, his RBI streak to eight games and his hit streak to 25 games. Encarnacion owns the third-longest extra-base hit streak in franchise history. Jesse Barfield had at least one in 11 straight in 1985, and Shawn Green produced a nine-game streak in 1999. Encarnacion is tied with Willie Upshaw (1983), John Olerud ('91), Delgado (2000, '03) and Matt Stairs ('07) for the longest RBI streak in franchise history. Encarnacion also tied Scott Rolen ('09) for the fourth-longest hitting streak in team history. The top three: 28 games (Green, '99), 26 games (Olerud, '93), 26 games (Shannon Stewart, '99).
Donaldson's homer, meanwhile, was his 33rd while batting second. Those 33 tied him with Alex Rodriguez (1996) for the eighth most ever.
Milestone watch for Monday
• Paul Goldschmidt needs one walk to set a new D-backs single-season record. With 100, he is tied with Luis Gonzalez (2001).
• David Price's next win will be the 100th of his career.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.