MLB Notebook: Friedrich joins elite crew

MLB Notebook: Friedrich joins elite crew

MLB Notebook: Friedrich joins elite crew
Juan Marichal, the Hall of Fame right-hander who plied his trade for 16 seasons and accumulated enough awe-inspired gasps with his performances and delivery to fill a room in Cooperstown, made his big league debut on July 19, 1960, and wowed his home crowd at San Francisco's Candlestick Park by striking out 12 and walking just one batter in a one-hit shutout.

Marichal's line is quite notable for a number of reasons, including the fact that it represents the first time in the live-ball era that a pitcher commenced his career with a performance that saw double digits in K's and no more than a single walk.

Since then, 10 pitchers have matched that feat of 10 strikeouts and one walk or fewer in either their first or second Major League appearance. After the Dominican Dandy, Dick Selma was the next to do it, and entering the 2012 season, Stephen Strasburg had been the most recent (2010) to join the club.

As did Marichal, Selma and Strasburg threw (or throw) the ball to the plate with their right hand, which is something six of the other eight pitchers could (can) also claim. Just two lefties make this list. One is a dominant pitcher who stuck around for 22 seasons and compiled an extraordinary amount of strikeouts and other accomplishments, and the other is a 24-year-old who made a little bit of franchise history in San Francisco (as a visitor) on Monday night.

• In just his second career game, Rockies left-hander Christian Friedrich struck out 10 and walked one. He is the first Rockies pitcher to reach double digits in K's in either of his first two games, and the Majors' first lefty since Kaz Ishii fanned 10 in his Major League debut on April 6, 2002.

In addition, Friedrich is the first southpaw since Randy Johnson to have at least 10 K's and no more than one walk in either of his first two Major League appearances. Johnson collected 11 strikeouts and walked one in a six-hitter in his second Major League game, on Sept. 20, 1988.

• Derek Jeter went 1-for-5, and with the hit -- a single in the third -- passed Robin Yount and took sole possession of 16th place on the all-time list (provided by Elias), with 3,143. Paul Waner is the next player ahead of Jeter, with 3,152. Jeter also passed Yount on the list of players with the most hits through an age-38 season; he's now alone in sixth place, with Stan Musial 60 ahead of him.

• At 19 years and 211 days, Bryce Harper hit his first Major League home run. He is the youngest to achieve this milestone since Adrian Beltre did so at 19 years and 84 days on June 30, 1998, and the youngest player in Expos/Nationals franchise history to hit a home run. Before Harper, Gary Carter (20 years and 173 days) had been the youngest Expo/National to homer.

• With a two-run homer in the eighth inning, Placido Polanco became the 269th player to collect at least 2,000 hits. Polanco -- the 131st right-handed- hitter to reach the milestone -- has averaged one extra-base hit for every 3.8 games played. That ratio is 52nd lowest among the 269 members of the 2,000-hit club.

• Jon Lester went the distance in an eight-hitter and picked up his second win, as the Red Sox beat the Mariners, 6-1. The southpaw has made 163 appearances in the Majors, and has finished 39 of them with at least seven innings and no more than one run allowed. Those 39 through that many appearances tie him with Jerry Koosman, Tom Glavine and Andy Pettitte for the 15th most for any left-hander since 1920. The top five are Frank Tanana (47), Gary Peters (46), Jon Matlack (45), Steve Carlton (44) and Fernando Valenzuela (44).

• Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4, giving him 763 multihit games in 1,786 career contests. Those 763 through 1,786 are the most since 1918, ahead of the totals from Al Simmons (757), Paul Waner (755), Tony Gwynn (710), and Stan Musial (705).

• Aroldis Chapman walked one and struck out one in a scoreless outing, giving him a season total of 18 1/3 innings, a 0.00 ERA, 12 baserunners (six hits, five walks, one hit-by-pitch) and 32 strikeouts. Some other numbers: Chapman has inherited seven baserunners and stranded all of them, and he is holding the opposition (67 batters faced) to a .098/.179/.131 line.

• Bruce Chen allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and four Royals relievers combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings in Kansas City's 3-1 defeat of Texas. The Royals are only the second team this season to hold the Rangers to one run.(Texas has not been shut out.)

&149; Adam Dunn hit his 12th home run -- surpassing his total from 2011 -- and now has 377 for his career, which ties him with Norm Cash and Jeff Kent for 66th all-time. Dunn has hit those 377 in 1,606 games. The 377 at this point in a career tie him with Mike Schmidt and Ted Williams for the 19th most since 1918. Mark McGwire has the most, with 480, and Babe Ruth is in second place, with 459.

• Cleveland's Jeanmar Gomez took a no-decision despite allowing one run (unearned) on three hits in seven innings. Gomez's outing gave the Indians five games this season in which their starter has finished his day with no more than three hits allowed over seven-plus innings. Those five tie the Indians with the Nationals and Giants for the third most in the Majors, behind the Dodgers and Cubs, who each have six.

Since 1920: Through first 126 games, most with seven-plus IP and zero runs
No. of starts Pitcher(s)
21 Frank Tanana, Dwight Gooden
20 Bill Singer, Ron Guidry
19 Vida Blue
18 Bert Blyleven, Fernando Valenzuela, Jon Lester, Clayton Kershaw
• Clayton Kershaw allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings and picked up the victory after the Dodgers defeated the D-backs, 3-1. It's the 18th time in his 126-game career that Kershaw has finished with at least seven innings and no runs allowed. In the live-ball era, that total is tied for the sixth most.

• The Dodgers improved their Major League-best record to 24-11, their best 35-game start since 1983, when they opened the season 25-10.

• Tyson Ross (six IP, five hits) and three Oakland relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout, and the Athletics defeated the Angels 5-0. This season, Oakland leads the Majors in team shutouts, with five, two of them coming against the Angels. Oakland's five through its first 36 are the most since 2003, when the club also had five. The last time Oakland had more than five through 36 games was in 1990, when the pitching staff compiled six.

• Oakland's Josh Reddick (1-for-4, homer) became the first Athletics player since 2006 to have at least nine home runs through the club's first 36 games. In 2006, Nick Swisher had 12 and Eric Chavez had 10.

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