Fascinating facts from Sunday's games

Fascinating facts from Sunday's games

Fascinating facts from Sunday's games
Outside of Babe Ruth, Tigers outfielder Harry Heilmann may have been the best American League hitter in the 1920s. From a stretch between 1921-29, Heilmann hit .370 with a 1.014 OPS (161 OPS+) and, rather famously, had a series of odd-numbered seasons between 1921 and '27 in which he hit .394, .403, .393 and .398. Ironically, it is this great batter who, on Sept. 29, 1928, kept the Tigers from being one of a handful of teams in the live-ball era to have each starter collect at least two hits and at least one RBI in a game. Facing Ruth and the Yankees on that late September day, Heilmann, batting cleanup, had two hits and scored twice, but stands out as the only Tiger with a zero in the RBI column. Even starting pitcher Elam Vangilder had three RBIs that day.

• The Tigers beat the White Sox, 18-2, on the strength of 24 hits.

• Nine Tigers had at least two hits (paced by Alex Avila's 4-for-6 game); the nine players with multihit games were the most for the Tigers since they also had nine on Sept. 29, 1928, against the Yankees.

• The 18 runs were the most for Detroit since it scored 19 against the Royals on July 21, 2008, and the most against the White Sox since July 1, 1936, when it beat Chicago, 21-6.

• The 24 hits were the most for the Tigers since they collected 27 against the Royals on May 27, 2004, and the most against the White Sox since July 1, 1936, when they had 25.

• Coming off the bench, Andy Dirks had four RBIs and two hits. Since 1920, he is one of 19 Tigers to not start and still have at least two hits and four RBIs.

• White Sox starter Mark Buehrle and reliever Shane Lindsay each allowed seven earned runs. It marked the first time two Chicago pitchers had allowed that many earned runs in a game since June 26, 1999. Before that occurrence, it hadn't happened for the White Sox since May 16, 1939.

• CC Sabathia allowed two runs while striking out 10 over 7 1/3 innings to pick up his 19th win of the year.

• Sabathia has 176 career victories -- the most in the Majors since 2001 (his debut season). Those 176 wins, for any live-ball-era pitcher's first 11 seasons, tie Sabathia with Don Sutton for 14th most.

• Going back to 1893: Sabathia's 176 career victories -- through his age-30 season -- tie him with Waite Hoyt for 13th most.

• The 10 strikeouts gave Sabathia five double-digit K games this season (tied for fifth most in the Majors) and 28 for his career (tied for 40th most since 1920).

• Sabathia's 10-strikeout game left him two K's shy of becoming the 12th pitcher in history to reach 2,000 through his age-30 season.

Since 1893: Most Wins Through Age 30 Season
Pitcher Wins Years ERA+
Christy Mathewson 289 1900-1911 146
Walter Johnson 277 1907-1918 169
Kid Nichols 218 1893-1900 145
Catfish Hunter 201 1965-1976 108
George Mullin 196 1902-1911 103
Chief Bender 193 1903-1914 118
Bob Feller 192 1936-1949 132
Hal Newhouser 191 1939-1951 133
Pete Alexander 190 1911-1917 143
Wes Ferrell 190 1927-1938 117
Don Drysdale 190 1956-1967 122
Robin Roberts 189 1948-1957 120
Waite Hoyt 176 1918-1930 112
CC Sabathia 176 2001-2011 125

• Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 with a home run and matched his career high with five RBIs (he last had a five-RBI game on June 18, 2005). Jeter now has 902 career multihit games, one behind George Brett for 10th most since 1920.

• Jose Bautista hit his Major League-leading 40th home run of the season and joined Carlos Delgado as the only players in Blue Jays history to reach the plateau multiple times. Delgado hit 44 in 1999, 41 in 2000 and 42 in '03. Bautista owns the Blue Jays' single-season record with his 54 in 2010.

• The Marlins beat the Phillies, 5-4, in 14 innings when Mike Cameron ended the game with a bases-loaded walk. The last time a contest featured a game-ending walk after so many innings was on June 17, 2006, when Bobby Crosby drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 17th inning to give the Athletics a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers.

• The Rangers beat the Red Sox, 11-4, to conclude the 10-game season series between the two clubs. In the six Rangers wins, they outscored the Red Sox, 51-15; in Boston's four victories, it outscored Texas, 42-14.

• Adrian Beltre became the 267th player in history to collect 2,000 hits.

• Beltre is one of 19 third basemen (75 percent of career games at third) to reach the milestone.

• Beltre is the 52nd player in history to reach 2,000 hits through his age-32 season.

• Beltre joins Ron Santo as the only third basemen in history to reach 2,000 hits through their age-32 season.

• Beltre joined teammate Michael Young in the 2,000 hit-club. According to the Rangers press notes, Young and Beltre became the first set of teammates to both reach the 2,000-hit milestone in the same season since Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter did it in 2006.

• Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 with no walks, and raised his strikeout total for the season to a National League-leading and career-best 222.

• Kershaw has seven double-digit strikeout games this season -- tied with the Mariners' Felix Hernandez for second most in the Majors. Cliff Lee has eight. The seven are the most for a Dodgers pitcher since Hideo Nomo had 11 in 1995 and are the most for a Dodgers southpaw since Fernando Valenzuela had seven in 1984. The last Dodgers left-hander to have more than seven in a season was Sandy Koufax, who had 15 in 1966.

• Kershaw is striking out 4.44 batters for every walk he issues. In the modern era, one pitcher in his age-23 season or younger has reached 200 strikeouts and finished the season with a better ratio.

Since 1901: Best K/BB Ratios for 200-K Seasons, Pitchers Age 23 or Younger
Pitcher Year Strikeouts K/BB Age
Mark Prior 2003 245 4.90 22
Clayton Kershaw 2011 222 4.44 23
Tom Seaver 1968 205 4.27 23
Walter Johnson 1910 313 4.12 22
Don Sutton 1966 209 4.02 21

• Craig Kimbrel struck out one in a perfect inning to stretch his scoreless streak to 37 games and 36 2/3 innings.

• By appearances, Kimbrel tied Mike Myers (1999-2000) for the longest scoreless streak since 1919.

• Since 1919, 130 pitchers have enjoyed a streak of at least 20 consecutive scoreless appearances; among these 130, Kimbrel's streak by innings is the third longest. Gregg Olson was at 41 innings for his 29-game run in 1989-90, and Brad Ziegler put up 38 innings of scoreless ball in 29 appearances in 2008.

• Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson threw a four-hitter to record his 12th win and drop his ERA down to 2.90 for the season. Hellickson, who leads all Major League rookies in ERA and is tied for second in wins, is also the only rookie pitcher with a pair of complete games. This four-hitter saw Hellickson strike out one batter -- the fewest K's in a complete game of four hits or fewer since Dallas Braden struck out one in a four-hit shutout on Aug. 28, 2010.

• Shaun Marcum (seven innings, one hit) and two Brewers relievers combined on a three-hit shutout as Milwaukee beat Houston, 4-0. This was the 13th team shutout for the Brewers this season, tying this club with the 1990 team for sixth most in franchise history. The 1971 Brewers had 23, the '78 club had 19 and the '72, '80 and '92 Brewers each had 14.

• Ryan Braun went 3-for-3 with his 26th home run and drove in three runs -- all part of a day that raised his batting average to an NL-leading .335; the Brewers have never had a batting champ. In 46 games since the All-Star break, Braun is batting .360 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .646 slugging percentage.

• The Indians beat the Royals, 9-6, to improve to 70-67 for the season and maintained (after the Tigers also won) their 6 1/2-game deficit to Detroit in the AL Central. The 70 victories (with 25 games remaining on the schedule) are the most the Indians have had in an entire season since they finished 81-81 in 2008. The 25 remaining games include six against the Tigers (three from Sept. 5-7, three to finish the season, from Sept. 26-28).

• Cincinnati's Francisco Cordero collected his 30th save of the season and 320th of his career. The 320 moved Cordero past Todd Jones and into sole possession of 14th place on the all-time list. Cordero's seven seasons with 30-plus saves tie him with Jeff Reardon, Robb Nen and Jason Isringhausen for ninth most in history.

• Hideki Matsui went 3-for-5 with three doubles, and the Athletics defeated the Mariners, 8-5.

• Matsui, who owns a .343 batting average and an .888 OPS in the second half of the year, is part of an Athletics offensive surge that has seen the team score the fourth-most runs in the Majors since the All-Star break. In the first half of the season, Oakland had scored the third-fewest runs in the Majors.

• Matsui is the first Athletics player with three doubles in a game since Mark Ellis on Aug. 11, 2010. No A's player has hit four in a game since Frankie Hayes on July 25, 1936.

• Colorado's Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with his 15th triple to set a new Rockies single-season mark.

• In his past 12 games, Fowler has 12 extra-base hits (seven doubles, three triples and two home runs) in 51 at-bats and is slugging .706.

• Fowler has a Major League-leading 39 triples since the start of the 2009 season.

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