MLB Notebook: Sale, Moore pile up K's

MLB Notebook: Sale, Moore pile up K's

MLB Notebook: Sale, Moore pile up K's
Back in 1918, Babe Ruth was beginning his transition into an outfielder, but he still made 19 starts as a southpaw for the Red Sox. In those 19 starts, the Babe's high strikeout total was four.

In fact, only five left-handers reached double digits in strikeouts in a game that season. While the feat of a left-hander striking out at least 10 has certainly become more commonplace, seeing a pair of lefties each reach the mark in the same game has been rarer than a perfect game; between 1918 and 2012, there have been 16 perfect games, but only 10 affairs have witnessed two lefties reach 10 K's.

• White Sox lefty Chris Sale struck out 15 batters in 7 1/3 innings, and allowed one run on three hits. Sale (23 years, 59 days) is the youngest lefty to reach 15 strikeouts since Greg Swindell (22 years, 128 days) on May 10, 1987. Since 1918, Sale is the 11th youngest.

With Sale striking out 15 and his mound counterpart Matt Moore fanning 10, this game stands as just the 10th since 1918 to see two lefties each reach 10 K's. The combined age for Sale and Moore (22 years, 345 days) was younger than any of the previous nine combos.

Two left-handers with 10 K's (1918-2012)
Date Pitchers (K's)
5/20/68 Jerry Koosman (10) & Bob Veale (10)
8/20/69 Denny Lemaster (13) & Bob Veale (10)
9/11/69 Bob Veale (12) & Steve Carlton (10)
4/7/70 Dave McNally (13) & Sam McDowell (11)
7/9/71 Vida Blue (17) & Rudy May (13)
9/15/72 Fred Norman (15) & Don Gullett (11)
7/18/73 Steve Carlton (11) & Tom Hall (10)
7/23/85 Britt Burns (11) & Frank Tanana (11)
9/16/92 Randy Johnson (15) & Mark Langston (12)
5/28/2012 Chris Sale (15) & Matt Moore (10)

Sale, who won his sixth game of the year, tied for the second-most K's in a game by a White Sox pitcher. On July 25, 1954, Jack Harshman set the franchise record with 16 strikeouts. The others to fan 15 in a game: Ed Walsh (1908, 1910), Jim Scott (1913) and Eddie Cicotte (1914).

Sale is the first AL lefty since Johan Santana on Aug. 19, 2007, to strike out at least 15 (Santana had 17 K's). He is the second AL pitcher this season to reach at least 15 K's, after Max Scherzer did it on May 20. Before this pair of 15-K games, the last season to see two American League pitchers fan at least 15 was in 2007, when Santana and Erik Bedard reached the mark.

• Adam Dunn's two-run home run was all the offense needed for the White Sox in a 2-1 win over the Rays that ran their winning streak to six games. Among his 1,353 career hits, 28.16 percent of them have been home runs. Among the 85 players in history with at least 350 homers, Dunn's percentage is the second highest, behind Mark McGwire's 35.85, and just ahead of Dave Kingman's 28.06.

• Right-hander James McDonald allowed five hits in eight scoreless innings and picked up the win in Pittsburgh's 4-1 victory over Cincinnati. McDonald, who also struck out five and walked one, posted his third game score of at least 75.

McDonald's three starts with a score of at least 75 match Justin Verlander, Chris Capuano and Bartolo Colon for the most in the Majors this season.

McDonald is the first Pirates pitcher since Rick Reuschel in 1987 to have -- through the club's first 48 games -- as many as three starts with a game score of at least 75.

Red Sox
• The Red Sox collected four doubles as part of a 13-hit attack in their 7-4 win over the Tigers. Boston has had at least four two-base hits in 14 games this season -- most games in the Majors.

Before this season, no Red Sox team since 1918 had ever had as many as 14 games with four-or-more doubles through 48 contests.

For all teams since 1918, through 48 games, the 2012 Red Sox are the seventh to have at least 14 games with at least four doubles. The 1930 Cardinals, 2003 Blue Jays and 2006 Rangers each had 15 games, while the 1925 Pirates, 1934 Indians and 2007 Tigers had 14.

• Giancarlo Stanton hit his 11th home run of the month, and 12th overall, helping the Marlins to a 5-3 victory over the Nationals. Stanton's 11 homers in May tie him with Gary Sheffield (11 in April 1996) for the second most in franchise history for any single month. Dan Uggla -- with 12 long balls in May 2008 -- holds the team record.

• The Marlins' victory improved the club's record in May to 19-8 -- matching the franchise record for wins in a single month. In August 1997, the club went 19-10. Miami has two more games scheduled for this month.

• Lefty Cole Hamels picked up his eighth win of the year, making him the first Phillies pitcher with eight victories through the team's first 50 games since Curt Schilling in 1999. Lance Lynn also won his eighth game of the season, making him the first Cardinals pitcher with eight wins through the club's first 49 games since Kent Bottenfield in 1999.

• The Cubs snapped their 12-game losing streak, outslugging the Padres in an 11-7 win. Chicago tallied eight extra-base hits in the home win; since 1918, the club is 111-15 when collecting at least eight extra-base hits at Wrigley Field.

• Jason Kipnis collected three hits and drove in two runs in the Indians' 8-5 victory over the Royals, giving the second baseman 30 RBIs through the team's first 48 games. Dating to 1918, Kipnis is tied with Bill Wambsganss (1923) and Riggs Stephenson (1921) for the seventh-most RBIs as a second baseman through an Indians team's first 48 games. In 1948, Joe Gordon had 43, while Carlos Baerga had 34 in 1994 and 33 in '93. Johnny Hodap collected 32 RBIs in '30, and Baerga also had 32 in '95. Baerga also owns the sixth-highest total, with 31 in '96.

Blue Jays
• The Blue Jays -- behind Drew Hutchison's seven scoreless innings and nine strikeouts -- defeated the Orioles, 6-2. Hutchison, at 21 years and 280 days, is the youngest Blue Jays pitcher to have an outing that consisted of at least seven scoreless frames and nine K's.

• Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion hit his 16th homer of the year. In team history, the 16 long balls through 49 games stands tied for the third-highest total. Jose Bautista had 19 in 2011, George Bell had 17 in 1987, Jose Canseco had 16 in 1998, and Carlos Delgado had 16 in 2001.

• In the second game of a doubleheader, the Rockies defeated the Astros in 10 innings, winning the game on Dexter Fowler's walk-off triple. It was the first walk-off triple in franchise history, and just the fifth for any team over the past five seasons. In comparison, over the last five seasons, there have been nine walk-off hit-by-pitches. Fowler's game-winner was his seventh hit of the day. The Major League record for hits in a doubleheader is nine, accomplished nine times.

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