Fascinating facts from Friday's games

Fascinating facts from Friday's games

Fascinating facts from Friday's games
In 1985, Dwight Gooden and John Tudor combined to win 45 games, combined to post a 1.73 ERA in 551 2/3 innings and combined to record 18 shutouts.

On Sept. 11 that season, Tudor and Gooden (and the rest of the Cardinals and Mets) got together at Shea Stadium for a classic. The day before, New York had defeated St. Louis 5-4 to grab a one-game lead over the Cardinals for first place in the National League East. Entering this bout, Gooden had won 14 of his past 15 decisions, and Tudor had thrown two straight shutouts and had eight shutouts in past 19 starts. Approximately three hours and three minutes after Gooden made his first offering of the night, Tudor made his final pitch: a third strike past a swinging Darryl Strawberry.

Tudor had gone 10 innings, allowed three hits and had pitched a shutout as the Cardinals regained a share of the NL East lead with a 1-0 win. It was one of the very few times that Gooden, who went the first nine but failed to get a decision, was overshadowed in 1985.

Jered Weaver
Despite throwing nine shutout innings, Jered Weaver did not figure into a decision, as the Angels beat the Mariners, 1-0, in 10 innings.

This is the second time this season Weaver has thrown nine shutout innings and failed to get a decision. On May 28, he held the Twins scoreless through nine, and Minnesota ended up winning in 10 innings.

The last time one pitcher had multiple games like this in a season was in 1990, when the Reds Tom Browning had two. The last time an American League pitcher did it was in '85, when the Tigers Dan Petry had two.

Weaver is the first pitcher in Angels franchise history to have two such starts in a season.

Weaver's start marked the fourth time this season a pitcher has gotten a no decision after throwing nine shutout innings (Jason Vargas and Zach Britton each did it in a Mariners-Orioles tilt on May 12). That total matches the total from 2010 (Roy Halladay, Travis Wood, Colby Lewis and Edwin Jackson each had one last year). In the three years between '07-'09, there were a total of four such starts. That last season to have more than four such starts was 1992, which witnessed seven.

This was the 45th 1-0 game of the season. With just a little less than a third of the regular season left, that total is already the second most since 1998, the year the league expanded to 30 teams. The only season since 1998 that produced more 1-0 games was 2010, which had 62. After games of Aug. last year, there had been 35 games to finish with a 1-0 score.

Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and is now hitting .312 for the season. Castro leads the NL with 19 games with three or more hits. The last Cubs player to lead the league in three-hit games was Rafael Palmeiro in 1988. Palmeiro had 19 for the full season. Dating back to 2005, a shortstop has led the NL in most games with three or more hits four times: Jimmy Rollins ('05), Cristian Guzman ('08) and Hanley Ramirez ('06 and '09). Castro's 19 have come through 113 team games; that total at this point in a year is tied for the ninth most in the NL over the past 50 seasons.

NL Since 1962: Most 3-Hit Games, Through 113 Team Games
Player Games Year
Matty Alou 24 1969
Willie Davis 23 1970
Ralph Garr 23 1974
Hal Morris 23 1994
Pete Rose 20 1973
Garry Templeton 20 1979
Willie McGee 20 1985
Larry Walker 20 1997
Lenny Dykstra 19 1990
Tony Gwynn 19 1990
Tony Gwynn 19 1997
Starlin Castro 19 2011
Castro's 19 through 113 games are tied for the most by a Cubs player in the live-ball era. Billy Herman had 19 in 1936 and Phil Cavarretta matched that total through the Cubs first 113 games in '45. Castro (21 years and 134 days) now has 28 career games with three-or-more hits. In the live-ball era, those 28 tie him with Lloyd Waner for the 16th most by any player before turning 22.

Tony Campana
The Cubs' Tony Campana hit an inside-the-park home run (his first career home run) in Chicago's 4-3 win over the Reds. It was the first inside-the-park home run at Wrigley Field since Damian Miller hit one on Aug. 18, 2002, and the first by a Cubs player at Wrigley since Sammy Sosa hit one on Oct. 6, '01. Campana is the first Cubs player since Carmen Mauro in 1948 to have his first career home run be an inside the park job.

Brett Lawrie
In his Major League debut, Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie had a pair of singles and one RBI. Lawrie is the 10th player in franchise history to have two hits (or more) and at least one RBI in his debut. The others: Steve Staggs (1977), Danny Ainge ('79), Pat Borders ('88), Glenallen Hill ('89), Anthony Sanders ('99), Felipe Lopez (2001), Eric Hinske ('02), Aaron Hill ('05) and J.P. Arencibia ('10). At 21 years and 199 days, Lawrie is the third youngest of these 10; only Ainge (20.065) and Lopez (21.083) were younger.

Johnny Giavotella
In his Major League debut, Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella singled, doubled, stole a base and drove in a run. Giavotella is the 21st player in the live-ball era to mark his debut with at least one extra-base hit, one RBI and a steal. The most recent player to do this was Trent Oeltjen in 2009; the first player since 1920 to do this was Roy Weatherly in '36.

Chase Headley
The Padres' Chase Headley hit his first career grand slam and helped pace a 15-hit attack that resulted in a 15-5 win over the Pirates. The homer was the fourth of the season for Headley, who currently owns a 125 OPS+. The last qualifying third baseman to finish the season with an OPS+ of at least 125 and fewer than 10 home runs was Wade Boggs in 1991 (140 OPS+, 8 HR).

Red Sox vs. Yankees
David Ortiz hit his 35th career home run against the Yankees. He is tied with Vern Stephens and Albert Belle for the 24th most in the live-ball era. Mariano Rivera recorded his 52nd career save against the Red Sox. That total is nearly double the second-highest total in history (Rick Aguilera had 27 saves against Boston).

Dan Uggla
Dan Uggla went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 26 games. Uggla's streak is the fifth longest single-season run by a Braves player since 1920. Tommy Holmes hit in 37 straight in '45, Rico Carty hit safely in 31 consecutive games in '70, Rowland Office had a 29-game streak in '76 and Marquis Grissom collected at least one hit in 28 consecutive games in '96.

Mike Napoli
The Rangers Mike Napoli went 2-for-5, scored twice and hit his 18th home run of the year. Since July 4, Napoli is batting .429, slugging .844, and has eight homers and 19 RBIs in 22 games.

Craig Counsell
The Brewers Craig Counsell singled in the ninth inning to snap a streak of 45 consecutive hitless at-bats. According to the Brewers press notes (courtesy of ELIAS), the streak matched Bill Bergen (1909) and Dave Campbell (1973) for the longest single-season skid in the modern era. According to SABR, via a New York Times article, Bergen's streak consisted of 46 hitless at-bats. Before this single, Counsell's last base hit had come on June 10, when he doubled against Brian Tallet in the eighth inning.

Ryan Braun
Ryan Braun stole his 20th base of the season, making him a two-time 20-steal, 20-homer player. Braun and Corey Hart are the only two players in Brewers history to have multiple 20-20 seasons.

Jose Valverde

Since 1969: Most Consecutive Save Opp. Converted to Start Season
Player Saves Year
Eric Gagne 55 2003
Brad Lidge 41 2008
Jose Mesa 38 1995
Dennis Eckersley 36 1992
Trevor Hoffman 33 1998
Willie Hernandez 32 1984
Jose Valverde 31 2011
Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth inning to extend his streak of consecutive saves in 2011 to 31.

If he successfully converts his next opportunity, Valverde will match Willie Hernandez (32 straight in 1984) for the longest single-season streak in Tigers history.

Dating back to last season, Valverde has converted 33 straight opportunities. That streak is the longest in Tigers history, besting Hernandez's 32-game stretch.

Valverde's streak of 31 straight to begin a season is the seventh longest in the Majors since 1969.

Carlos Quentin
Carlos Quentin hit two home runs to match Jose Bautista and Lance Berkman for the most multi-homer games (4) in 2011.

Rick Ankiel
Rick Ankiel went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the Nationals 5-3 win over the Rockies. Over his past 13 games, Ankiel is batting .341 with a .998 OPS and has driven in 11 runs.

Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.