MLB Notebook: Fowler slugs it out

MLB Notebook: Fowler slugs it out

MLB Notebook: Fowler slugs it out
When Dexter Fowler notched his Major League-leading 11th triple last night, he matched his doubles total for the season. Fowler also has 12 home runs this year, placing him in a fairly interesting spot. Since 1893, only one player who has qualified for the batting title has ever finished a season with more home runs than doubles and more triples than doubles.

In 1899, Washington Senators outfielder Buck Freeman ended his first full season in the big leagues with 19 doubles; a meager total when compared to his 25 triples and league-leading 25 home runs. For good measure, Freeman also stole 21 bases, becoming the first player ever with 20 triples, 20 homers and 20 steals in a season (a feat that has been achieved only four times since).

Here's to hoping that Fowler -- a man playing for a franchise whose first game in the National League came nearly a century after Freeman's feat -- can finish with his doubles total lower than his other two extra-base hit totals and join Freeman on a particular shelf of peculiar baseball feats.

Triples machine
Fowler's triple on Friday was the 50th of his career, which made him the Rockies all-time leader in the category. Fowler had been tied with Neifi Perez.

Since the start of the 2009 season, Fowler's 50 triples are the most in the Majors.

Jose Reyes
Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Nationals on Friday, and then 3-for-5 in the second game, extending his hitting streak to 22 games.

The streak -- the longest for a National Leaguer this season -- is tied for the fourth longest in Marlins history. Edgar Renteria hit safely in 22 straight games in 1996, and Luis Castillo put together a 22-game streak in 1999.

Reyes is batting .360 during the the streak, with seven doubles, two triples and four home runs.

Battle of aces
In the second game of the doubleheader, Josh Johnson (8 2/3 innings, five hits, two runs) outdueled Gio Gonzalez (8 innings, nine hits, four runs) and picked up the win, with Miami defeating Washington 5-2. Johnson struck out nine with no walks, while Gonzalez fanned 10 with no walks.

The Majors hadn't seen a game that featured both starters collecting at least nine strikeouts and issuing no walks since April 9, 2003. On that day, the Cubs' Mark Prior threw a four-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts, defeating the Expos' Javier Vazquez, who struck out 14 over seven innings of two-run ball.

Tigers sluggers
Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder went a combined 6-for-9 with five RBIs (Fielder drove in four), and the Tigers defeated the Indians 10-2.

Cabrera is tied for the American League lead in RBIs (88), while Fielder is in fourth (77). The combined 165 RBIs represents the highest total for two teammates in the Majors.

The second highest total is 154, by the Rangers' Josh Hamilton (88) and Nelson Cruz (66). The Cardinals' Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday, co-leaders in the NL with 76 RBIs each, own the third highest combined total.

CC Sabathia
Sabathia threw a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and improved to 11-3, as the Yankees beat the Mariners, 6-3. Sabathia now has 32 career double-digit strikeout games (12th most among left-handers since 1918), and 187 victories. The 187 wins through his age-31 season are the ninth most in the live-ball era.

Brothers Upton
Arizona outfielder Justin Upton hit his 100th career home run soon before Rays' outfielder B.J. Upton, his older brother, accomplished the same feat. With the two milestone homers, the Uptons became the sixth pair of brothers in history with at least 100.

B.J. joins the club
With his milestone home run, B.J. Upton became the eighth player to reach 100 homers and 200 steals through his age-27 season. The others: Bobby Bonds, Cesar Cedeno, Rickey Henderson, Lloyd Moseby, Eric Davis, Barry Bonds and Hanley Ramirez.

Young power
With his milestone homer, Justin Upton became the 38th player with at least 100 through his age-24 season. Among the group, Upton's 74 stolen bases are the ninth-most, behind totals from Cesar Cedeno, Alex Rodriguez, Vada Pinson, Andruw Jones, Darryl Strawberry, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Canseco and Orlando Cepeda

Tim Hudson
Tim Hudson allowed one unearned run in 7 1/3 innings and notched his 11th win of the season. The victory was Hudson's 100th with the Braves, making him the 17th pitcher in franchise history to reach the century mark.

The Cubs, Dodgers and Giants have the most pitchers with at least 100 wins for a franchise, each with 21.

Alex Rios
Alex Rios hit a solo homer in the sixth inning and a game-ending, two-run shot in the 10th to give the White Sox an 8-6 win over the Angels.

• Rios is currently in the top-10 in the AL in runs (67), hits (126), triples (5), RBIs (67), batting (.318), slugging (.545), total bases (216) and extra-base hits (49).

• Rios and White Sox teammate Adam Dunn have combined for 49 home runs and 141 RBIs this year. Last season, the duo finished with a combined 24 homers and 86 RBIs.

Yadier Molina
Yadier Molina stole two bases as part of a three-hit game, and now has 10 steals for the season. Molina is the 22nd different catcher to have a 10-homer, 10-steal season.

Carlton Fisk and Benito Santiago each had four such seasons, which is tied for the most in history. Molina is the first Cardinals catcher to complete the feat.

A's-Jays thriller
The Athletics beat the Blue Jays 5-4 in 15 innings, with the game-ending run coming on Coco Crisp's sacrifice fly.

• The victory gave Oakland a Major League-leading 13 walkoff wins this season, with -- according to the Athletics press notes -- the number also representing the second-highest total for a season in Oakland. The 2004 club had 15.

• The A's have had 10 walkoff wins in their past 21 home games.

• The breakdown of Oakland's game-winning plays: five home runs, three singles, three sacrifice flies, one double and one hit-by-pitch.

• Beginning with a win on June 12, the A's are 32-13 in their past 45 games. That .711 winning percentage is the best in the Majors during that span.

• Making his Major League debut, Oakland right-hander Dan Straily allowed one run on five hits in six innings, and struck out five with one walk. Travis Blackley, the pitcher who moved to the bullpen when Straily was promoted, picked up the win with three innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.

• With Straily's six innings of one-run ball, Oakland has had eight different starters give then an outing of at least six innings and no more than one run allowed. No team has had more, as the Blue Jays, Orioles and Rangers each have eight as well.

Darwin Barney
The Cubs Darwin Barney tied the franchise's single-season record for consecutive errorless games by a second basemen, with his 90th on Friday. The streak matched Ryne Sandberg's mark from 1989, and has covered 722 innings.

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