MLB Notebook: Quintana unlucky in two NDs

MLB Notebook: Quintana unlucky in two NDs

MLB Notebook: Quintana unlucky in two NDs
Until Chris Short's 1965 campaign, no pitcher in the liveball era had ever had two starts in the same season in which he finished with at least eight scoreless innings, but failed to factor into the decision. Short -- a left-hander twirler for the Phillies -- suffered through these two starts over a 14-day stretch in the final weeks of the '65 season.

On September 19, he allowed only six hits and three walks in nine scoreless innings. That wasn't enough as Pirates southpaw Bob Veale pitched a 10-inning, one-hit shutout. That was a mere vexation compared to what transpired in the second game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium on October 2. That night, Short and Mets lefty Rob Gardner matched zeroes for 15 innings before each exited in what would turn out to be an 18-inning, 0-0 tie. Short struck out 18 in that performance, in one of the truly awe-inspiring no decisions ever produced.

Since Short in 1965, 37 other pitchers have matched that feat of a pair of no-decisions in a season, where each featured at least eight scoreless innings. No pitcher has ever produced three in one year. For good or bad, White Sox rookie Jose Quintana has more than half the season left, to see if he can be the first.

The White Sox defeated the Brewers 1-0 in 10 innings, giving this three-game series its second extra-inning, 1-0 affair. In the series opener, the Brewers took home the 1-0 win. In this game, Quintana went the first eight innings. In each of his past two starts, the left-hander has thrown eight scoreless innings and finished his day with a no-decision.

Quintana is the first pitcher since Chad Durbin in 2001 to have back-to-back starts of eight or more scoreless innings without a decision in either.

Quintana is the second White Sox pitcher since 1918 to have a pair of eight-or-more innings, no-run, no-decisions in a season. Jack McDowell had two in 1988.

Josh Willingham
In a 2-for-4 day, Minnesota's Josh Willingham hit a two-run home run off of Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead and eventual win.

Willingham has hit 15 home runs this season, with seven of them giving the Twins the lead (or win). Joey Votto, Adam Dunn, and Curtis Granderson each have nine go-ahead/winning homers in 2012 -- the most in the Majors.

Willingham's 15 homers accompany 20 doubles, making him the second Senators/Twins player since 1920 to have that many of each through the club's first 71 games. In 2010, Justin Morneau had 15 homers and 21 doubles after Minnesota's 71st game.

Mark Buehrle
Mark Buehrle threw seven scoreless innings and picked up the win in a 9-0 Marlins victory that snapped the club's six-game losing streak.

Buehrle's win gave him 25 career Interleague victories -- one more than Freddy Garcia for the most ever. After Garcia, Jamie Moyer has 23, and three pitchers -- CC Sabathia, Johan Santana and A.J. Burnett -- are tied at 22.

Red Sox
In Boston's 9-4 victory over Atlanta, Cody Ross hit two home runs as part of an attack that saw the Red Sox finish with five extra-base hits.

Boston has 26 games this season with at least five extra-base hits, the most in the Majors. The number two team -- the Rangers -- have 20.

Jason Heyward
Atlanta's Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double, and is hitting .391 with a .754 slugging percentage in June.

For the month, Heyward has 14 extra-base hits, tying him for the third most in the Majors. Trevor Plouffe (who homered on Sunday) and Jimmy Rollins (with a home run on Sunday) are tied for the most, with 15.

Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander took over sole possession of the Major League lead in complete games with his fourth, a five-hitter that saw the Tigers right-hander improve to 8-4 on the season.

In the Tigers 3-2 victory, Verlander ran his streak of starts with at least six innings to 58 in a row. He also moved to within three of matching Catfish Hunter for the third longest streak since 1920.

Verlander is also tops in the Majors in innings and strikeouts, and his WHIP is the eighth best in the Majors.

Carlos Beltran
In the Cardinals 11-8 win over the Royals, Carlos Beltran hit his 20th home run and drove in three runs to push his RBI total to 56.

Beltran's homer gave him 795 career extra-base hits, seventh most all-time for a switch-hitter. He had been tied with Robert Alomar.

Beltran is tied with Ryan Braun for the NL lead in home runs, and owns the outright lead in the league for RBIs.

With four home runs in their loss to the Cardinals, the Royals saw a streak dating back to 2006 come to an end. Kansas City had won seven straight games when connecting for at least four home runs.

Before Sunday, their last loss in this scenario took place on May 25, 2006, when four homers were not enough in a 13-8 loss to the Tigers.

Derek Norris
With two outs and his Athletics down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, catcher Derek Norris -- playing in his third career game -- hit a three-run homer to give Oakland the win.

Before this victory, the last time Oakland produced a walkoff hit against the Giants was on June 26, 2004. Marco Scutaro won the game in the bottom of the 10th with a single against Jim Brower.

Before Norris' homer, the only other previous game-ending home run for the A's against the Giants took place on July 15, 1999. Olmedo Saenz hit a three-run shot against Robb Nen to beat San Francisco 11-9.

Wade Miley
Arizona's Wade Miley allowed one run on three hits in eight innings and picked up the win to improve to 9-3 on the year.

Miley, who entered the season with seven career starts, lowered his ERA for the 2012 season to 2.19 (tied for third in the NL), and improved his K:BB ratio to 3.56 -- the 15th best in the league. Miley also owns the sixth lowest WHIP in the NL.

1,000 Walks in 12 Seasons
Player Walks Total Bases
Albert Pujols 1,000 4,016
Lou Gehrig 1,007 3,674
Jeff Bagwell 1,199 3,592
Eddie Mathews 1,155 3,505
Mickey Mantle 1,251 3,423
Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols drew his 1,000th career walk in a 1-for-4 game. Pujols is the 31st player in history to draw at least 1,000 walks in his first 12 seasons. Among those 31, his 4,016 total bases are far and away the most.

Only one other player -- Hank Aaron -- had at least 4,000 total bases through his first 12 seasons. Aaron had 4,011 to go along with 663 walks.

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