Padres starter follows Rea's effort for unlikely result against K-averse Bucs
By Roger Schlueter
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Wednesday …
• Allowing one run (unearned) over 6 2/3 innings, Drew Pomeranz set a career high with 10 strikeouts as the Padres defeated the Pirates, 8-2. Pomeranz became the second straight San Diego starter -- following Colin Rea -- to face Pittsburgh and emerge with at least a 3:1 K:BB ratio. The Bucs entered the game with the National League's second-most walks and the league's third-fewest strikeouts.
• Entering his fourth start with an 0-2 record and a 6.75 ERA, the D-backs' Zack Greinke faced the perfect tonic for whatever ailed him: the Giants. Allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings, the right-hander picked up the win to improve to 8-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 11 career games (all starts) against San Francisco. Since 1958, Greinke is the only pitcher with at least 10 starts and a winning percentage of 1.000 against the Giants.
• Detroit's Victor Martinez drove in a run to reach 1,000 career RBIs, becoming the 19th switch-hitter in the club. Among them, Martinez's 123 OPS+ lies in between Bobby Bonilla's 124 and a quartet at 121: George Davis, Chili Davis, Jorge Posada and Carlos Beltran. Among these 19 switch-hitters, only three have fewer homers than Martinez's current tally of 202: Davis (73), Frankie Frisch (105) and Pete Rose (160). Martinez is not too far behind Roberto Alomar's career tally of 210.
• In his first start since his two-hit shutout, Chris Sale pitched seven innings of one-run (unearned) ball to improve to 4-0. Sale is one of seven White Sox pitchers since 1913 to have consecutive efforts witnessing at least seven innings and featuring two or fewer hits allowed: Thornton Lee (1940), Billy Pierce ('58), Rich Wortham ('79), Freddy Garcia (2006), Jose Contreras ('09) and John Danks ('10).
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.