MLB Notebook: Inge racks up big-time games

MLB Notebook: Inge racks up big-time games

MLB Notebook: Inge racks up big-time games
In baseball's live-ball era, Babe Ruth and Juan Gonzalez share the single-season mark for the most games with four or more RBIs. Ruth had 14 in 1929, while Gonzalez had his 14 in '98.

Ruth didn't have his fifth such game until July 3 that season, which happened to mark his 51st game played. In 1998, Gonzalez was the hare to Ruth's tortoise, collecting a quartet of four-RBI games in April and then producing his fifth on May 6, in his 31st game of the season.

On Monday, Brandon Inge posted his fifth game with four or more RBIs this season. This achievement came in Inge's 26th contest of the year, and it gave him -- despite the low amount of games played -- more four-RBI performances this season than any other player.

Most games with four or more RBIs this season
Player Games
Brandon Inge 5
Carlos Gonzalez 4
Carlos Beltran 3
Nelson Cruz 3
Jason Kipnis 3
Brian McCann 3
Giancarlo Stanton 3

Playing in his 17th game for the Athletics (after nine with the Tigers), Inge went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. This game marked the fifth time in those 17 contests with Oakland that Inge has driven in at least four -- the rest of the Athletics players have a total of two such games (Josh Reddick and Josh Donaldson each have one). Across the Majors, Inge's five give him one more than Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez.

Oakland's Jarrod Parker threw eight scoreless innings, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out six. Parker, who lost his bid for a no-hitter to the first batter in the eighth inning, improved to 2-2 while lowering his ERA in eight starts to 2.40.

Parker is the first pitcher to finish a start against the Rangers with at least eight shutout innings and no more than one hit since another A's hurler -- Dallas Braden -- did it on Sept. 23, 2010. The last pitcher not affiliated with Oakland to do it against Texas was the Padres' Chad Gaudin on June 28, 2009.

Parker's line produced a game score of 83. The game score was the highest for a pitcher against the Rangers since Brett Cecil threw a four-hit shutout with a game score of 84, on July 24, 2011.

Parker's game score was the highest for an A's pitcher this season, and the highest for an A's pitcher so young (Parker is 23 years and 193 days) since Brett Anderson posted an 84 at the age of 21 years and 168 days on July 19, 2009.

In the San Francisco's 3-2 win over the Cubs, Buster Posey drew four walks and scored two runs, while accumulating no official at-bats.

Since 1918, Posey is the 14th Giants player to have a game with at least four walks and no official at-bats. Barry Bonds did it on five occasions, Mel Ott had two such games, and 11 others, before Posey, did it once. Juan Uribe had been the most recent player to do it, on May 9, 2010. The only other Giants catcher to do it since 1918 was Dave Rader on July 19, 1975.

Posey is the first catcher to do this since Russell Martin on Aug. 23, 2007. He is the first cleanup-hitting catcher to do it since Frank Fernandez on Aug. 31, 1969. Since 1918, Posey is the 28th catcher to have a game with four or more walks and no official at-bats. Thirteen of the 28 were batting in the eighth spot, six batted seventh, three batted sixth, two batted fifth, three batted fourth, and one batted third.

The Giants' Ryan Vogelsong allowed two runs in seven innings and picked up the win to improve to 4-2. Vogelsong gave the Giants their seventh straight start of at least seven innings and no more than two runs allowed. According to the team's press notes, this streak is the second longest since the franchise moved to San Francisco for the 1958 season. From July 1-10, 1988, the club saw nine consecutive starts of at least seven innings and two or fewer runs allowed.

Cubs pinch-hitter Adrian Cardenas went 1-for-1, doubling in the seventh inning to bring his career totals to five hits in 27 at-bats. All five of his hits have been doubles.

Dexter Fowler went 1-for-4 with a triple in the Rockies' 4-0 win, increasing his slugging percentage to .586 for the season. Fowler, who has six doubles, six triples and eight home runs this season, is fourth in the NL in slugging percentage. Entering this season, 38 percent of Fowler's career hits had gone for extra bases; this year, that percentage is up to 47 percent.

Rockies left-hander Christian Friedrich allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings and recorded his fourth win of the season, and third in as many starts. Friedrich is the first Colorado southpaw since Jorge De La Rosa in mid-to-late April 2011, to notch wins in three consecutive starts. The last Rockies left-hander to have wins in four consecutive starts was De La Rosa, in 2009.

In the Angels' loss to the Mariners, Mike Trout (20 years and 302 days) went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. He is the youngest player in Angels history to have a four-hit game, barely nudging out Jay Johnstone. Johnstone was 20 years and 306 days old when he went 4-for-5 with a triple on Sept. 22, 1966.

Trout is the youngest player in the Majors to have four hits in a game since Starlin Castro went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles on Aug. 22, 2010. Castro was 20 years and 151 days old. That August, Castro had a trio of four-hit games, and another 20-year-old -- Giancarlo Stanton -- had one.

Angels skipper Mike Scioscia became the 53rd manager to pilot a team (or teams) for 2,000 games. With a loss in this milestone affair, Scioscia's career winning percentage stands at .547; this is tied for the 14th best among those with at least 2,000 games as a manager.

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