MLB Notebook: Morrow nearly unhitable, again

MLB Notebook: Morrow nearly unhitable, again

MLB Notebook: Morrow nearly unhitable, again
In 1968, when Bob Gibson had 13 shutouts -- the most for any pitcher in the live-ball era -- the breakdown of those 13 by hits allowed went as follows: one on seven hits, two on six hits, three on five hits, five on four hits, one on three hits and one on two hits.

Amazingly, Gibson's first shutout of the year -- the one on three hits -- didn't come until his 12th start of the season.

In terms of shutouts on three hits or fewer, Sandy Koufax is the king of the live-ball era. In 1963, the Dodgers southpaw had a no-hitter, a pair of two-hitters and five starts in which he held the opponent scoreless on exactly three hits.

Unlike Gibson in 1968, Koufax got off to a pretty remarkable start. By the time the Dodgers had played their 38th game, Koufax already owned a no-hitter and a pair of two-hit shutouts.

Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow threw a three-hit shutout and struck out eight with one walk Saturday to beat the Mets, 2-0, and improve to 5-2 on the year. It was Morrow's second three-hit shutout of the season.

The most recent Blue Jays pitcher to have multiple shutouts on three hits or fewer in a single season was Roy Halladay, who had two in 2009. Morrow is the only pitcher in Toronto franchise history to have at least two of them in a season within the club's first 41 games.

Over the past 20 seasons, Morrow is the fifth pitcher to have a pair through his team's first 41 contests, joining David Cone (1994), Rolando Arrojo ('98), Randy Johnson (2004) and James Shields ('08).

Adam Jones hit his 14th home run, the Orioles improved to 13-1 in games in which Jones homers, and Baltimore ran its road winning streak to nine with a 6-5 win over the Nationals

Jones' 14 home runs through the team's first 41 games are the fourth most in franchise history. Three players -- Jim Gentile (1962), Frank Robinson ('67) and Brady Anderson ('96) -- had 15 after the club had played 41 games.

Baltimore's road-winning streak -- the longest in the Majors since the Nationals had a nine-game streak in Sept. 2011 -- is the sixth longest single-season streak for an Orioles team since 1954. The club record is 11 straight, set from May 31 through June 20, 1978. The O's also had 10-game streaks in '69, '75, '76 and '99.

Behind Clayton Kershaw's six-hitter, the Dodgers blanked the Cardinals, 6-0, and improved to 27-13 for the season.

Clayton Kershaw's MLB ranks since start of 2010 season
Number Rank
38 Wins 4th
511 K's 3rd
2.49 ERA T-1st
152 ERA+ 2nd
9.21 K/9 3rd
6.78 Hits/9 2nd
1.047 WHIP 5th
3.48 K:BB 10th
Kershaw. now has four career shutouts. The table at the right shows his numbers and Major League ranks since the start of the 2010 season -- all ranks for the rate stats are based on having a minimum of 400 innings since the start of the 2010 season:

With their 27-13 record, the Dodgers are off to a 40-game start that is tied for the 10th best for the franchise since 1901. The team mark of 30-10 was set in '55 and matched in '77.

Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of two-run home runs to account for all of the Pirates' scoring in a 4-3 win over the Tigers.

McCutchen, who has hit two home runs in a game twice in his past three contests, has been enjoying a fantastic month. In 15 games since May 1, the center fielder is batting .420 (21-for-50), slugging .900, and has seven home runs and 13 RBIs. The seven homers in May are tied for the second most in the National League.

Here and there
• On the 79th anniversary of Don Brennan striking out 12 and allowing five earned runs in a 6-5 win, Ivan Nova became the first Yankees pitcher since Brennan in that contest to collect at least 12 K's and allow at least five runs in a nine-inning game in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Reds.

• Ryan Vogelsong (seven innings, one hit) and two Giants relievers combined for a one-hit shutout, as San Francisco defeated Oakland, 4-0. This game marked the third time in regular-season match-ups between the Giants and Athletics that one of the teams held the other to just one hit. On June 26, 2005, Rich Harden and two A's relievers combined on a one-hit shutout in a 16-0 win, and on May 21, 2006, Matt Cain threw a one-hit shutout as the Giants defeated the, A's 6-0.

• Rays reliever Fernando Rodney became the 127th pitcher to collect 100 career saves. When Rodney was born in March 1977, there were 26 pitchers with 100 saves, and Hoyt Wilhelm was the career leader, with 227. Wilhelm now ranks 36th.

• Adam Dunn drew four walks and hit his 13th home run of the year, as the White Sox defeated the Cubs, 7-4. It was the first time in his career Dun that had a four-walk, one-homer game. In the live-ball era, Barry Bonds has the most such games (six), followed by Ted Williams (five), Edgar Martinez (four), Babe Ruth (three) and Mark McGwire (three).

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