Kurkjian: July brings revenge homers, dueling grand slams and a Zack (or Zach or Zac) assault


Even 4 days with out video games on the All-Star break couldn’t interrupt a wacky July that was crammed, as all the time, with dwelling runs, a few of them grand slams, a few of them by relievers, in addition to a ridiculous variety of hit batters, wild pitches and, as all the time, strikeouts. So, with statistical help from the Elias Sports activities Bureau, listed below are The Quirkjians for July.

July 1
Kyle Schwarber — then a Nationwide — hit a double. Over his earlier 35 video games, he had 18 dwelling runs — and no different extra-base hits. The one different participant in main league historical past to hit that many dwelling runs in a 35-game stretch and don’t have any different additional base hits was Roger Maris in 1961, the yr he hit 61 homers.

The Reds beat the Padres 5-4 to develop into the primary staff because the Tigers on April 11, 2010, to win a nine-inning recreation whereas leaving 18 runners on base.

Cardinals pitchers entered July with 20 batters walked with the bases loaded this season, 5 hit batters with the bases loaded and 5 wild pitches that scored a run. The final staff to have 30 runs rating in these 3 ways throughout a season was the 2008 Orioles. The Cardinals already had 30 coming into July.

July 2
Purple Sox middle fielder Enrique Hernandez drove within the go-ahead run within the tenth inning of a 2-1 victory over the A’s, then threw out the potential tying run on the plate within the backside of the tenth. The final time that occurred was 2008, when Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino did so in a 4-3 victory towards the Braves.

July 3
The Mets beat the Yankees 8-3 regardless of Mets hitters hanging out 15 instances. It marked the thirty fourth time this yr {that a} staff had received a recreation whereas its hitters struck out a minimum of 15 instances. It occurred 22 instances from 1900 to 1960 mixed. The report is 67 instances in 2019. That was the one season that topped 50.

Brewers pitcher Eric Lauer struck out 4 batters in 6⅓ innings in a victory over the Pirates, and he struck out 4 instances. The final time a pitcher struck out a minimum of 4 instances in a recreation and didn’t strike out extra batters than his strikeouts on the plate was on July 2, 2019, by the Giants’ Tyler Beede.

July 4
The Mets’ Pete Alonso homered in each video games of the doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, giving him 15 homers on the season, 14 of them on the street. And the Marlins’ Jesus Aguilar homered at Truist Park in Atlanta. That gave him 13 homers, all on the street (he has since homered in Miami). The report for many dwelling runs hit in a season all on the street is 17 by Goose Goslin in 1926.

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July 5
The White Sox’s 4 pitchers of their recreation towards the Twins — Dylan Stop, Jace Fry, Ryan Burr and Garrett Crochet — all threw a wild pitch. It was the fourth time in historical past {that a} staff used 4 pitchers in a recreation and all 4 threw a wild pitch, and the primary since June 22, 2009, when the Angels’ Jason Bulger, Wealthy Thompson, Rafael Rodriguez and Matt Palmer did so.

Cubs infielder Eric Sogard pitched for the fifth time this season. The final time a place participant pitched that many instances earlier than the All-Star break was 2017, when Twins catcher Chris Gimenez pitched six instances, prompting him to say, jokingly, “Who wants Ohtani once they have me?”

July 6
Now that Giants pitcher Sammy Lengthy and Tigers shortstop Zack Quick have made it to the large leagues, it opens the likelihood (although not for this yr) for the primary Lengthy-Quick at-bat in main league historical past. The careers of pitcher Chris Quick and first baseman Dale Lengthy overlapped for 5 years, however for 3½ years they had been in several leagues. They by no means confronted one another.

Marlins outfielder Magneuris Sierra made it 114 plate appearances this yr and nonetheless no RBIs. The final participant to go that many plate appearances right into a season with out an RBI was Baltimore’s Caleb Joseph, who completed with zero RBIs in 141 plate appearances in 2016. Sierra would in the end report his first RBI on July 25 — in his 141st plate look.

July 7
The day after making his main league debut, Dodgers pitcher Jake Reed, 28, began towards the Marlins. He’s the primary pitcher because the Phillies’ Sam Dailey in 1929 to start out a recreation the day after making his main league debut. Dailey bought the ultimate three outs of a doubleheader on July 4, then began the following day, going 5 innings. Reed pitched one inning in his begin and was taken out, by design.

July 8
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto stole dwelling, becoming a member of Padres catcher Victor Caratini on that listing. The final season during which two catchers stole dwelling was 2018, executed by Francisco Arcia and Probability Sisco.

Padres reliever Daniel Camarena hit a grand slam off then-Nationals ace Max Scherzer. Camarena grew to become the third reliever over the previous 70 years to hit a slam, becoming a member of two Pirates, Enrique Romo in 1980 and Don Robinson in 1985. It was the primary time Scherzer had ever allowed a house run, not only a grand slam, to a pitcher. It was Camarena’s first profession hit. He’s the primary pitcher since 1900 to hit a grand slam for his first hit. The final place participant to do this was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in 2011.

July 9
Padres reliever Austin Adams hit one other batter. That made 14 in 31 innings. Just one pitcher in baseball historical past has hit 14 batters in a season of fewer than 100 innings: Otto Hess hit 15 in 93⅓ innings for the 1907 Indians. This time, Adams hit the Rockies’ C.J. Cron, the third straight recreation (whole of 4 instances) during which he’d been hit by a pitch.

July 10
The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 22-1. They hit two grand slams, giving them 9 slams this season. The report is 14 by the 2000 A’s and 2006 Indians. The Diamondbacks (six), Royals (eight) and Pirates (eight) do not have 9 grand slams since 2018. In that recreation, Arizona reliever Matt Peacock pitched three scoreless innings within the loss. He’s the fourth reliever to pitch a minimum of three scoreless innings in recreation during which his staff allowed 22 runs, the primary since George Zuverink on Aug. 14, 1955.

July 11
The Marlins’ Pablo Lopez struck out the primary 9 Atlanta batters of the sport, the primary pitcher since 1900 to do this. It was the eighth time in historical past {that a} pitcher had struck out 9 in a row at any level in a recreation, three of them this yr, by Lopez, Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola (who had 10). Lopez is the one one of many eight to strike out 9 in a row, however not strike out anybody else within the recreation.

The beginning pitchers within the Rockies-Padres recreation had been Jon Grey and Ryan Weathers. (And so they’d sq. off once more later within the month.)

Astros pitchers walked 14 batters, however Houston beat the Yankees 8-7. The Astros grew to become the primary staff to stroll 14 batters in a nine-inning recreation that it received since 1972, when the White Sox walked 15 and beat the Purple Sox.

Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach struck out 4 instances in a recreation for the second recreation in a row, making him the primary participant to do this since Dexter Fowler on Sept. 23-24, 2019.

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July 16
Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth hit for the cycle, solely the third in franchise historical past. The Blue Jays have solely three, the Rays two and the Marlins none. In that 24-8 victory over the Nationals (the one 24-8 recreation ever performed), the Padres additionally bought a grand slam from Wil Myers. The final staff to have a cycle and a slam in the identical recreation was the Giants 11 years in the past when Bengie Molina did each. So in a single recreation, Molina had extra cycles than Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds mixed and as many grand slams as Derek Jeter and Pete Rose.

The cleanup hitters within the White Sox-Astros recreation (Brian Goodwin and Yordan Alvarez) every went hitless and caught out 4 instances. The final time two beginning cleanup hitters did that in the identical recreation was April 12, 2014, with the Braves’ Chris Johnson and the Nationals’ Adam LaRoche.

July 17
The Tigers beat the Twins 1-0 on a leadoff dwelling run by Robbie Grossman. It was the primary time within the superb historical past of the Tigers that they received a recreation 1-0 with a house run main off the primary inning. The final time that occurred to any staff was when Nick Markakis did so in 2014 within the Orioles’ 1-0 win over the Mariners.

July 18
The Rays’ Austin Meadows had a 1-0-0-2 batting line. He had two sacrifice flies. He grew to become the primary participant since Bobby Kielty in 2007 to have two sacrifice flies in a recreation he did not begin.

Shortstop Willy Adames hit his sixteenth dwelling run. The groups for which he has performed this yr — the Rays and Brewers — are 16-0 when he hits a house run. The final participant whose staff was unbeaten when he homered in a minimum of 16 video games over a full season was the Reds’ Brandon Phillips in 2012 (17-0).

July 19
Then-Twins beginning pitcher Jose Berrios gave up a walk-off dwelling run to the White Sox’s Gavin Sheets. Granted, it was a seven-inning recreation, but it surely was the primary time a beginning pitcher had allowed a walk-off homer since Aug. 23, 2017, when the Pirates’ Josh Harrison hit one off the Dodgers’ Wealthy Hill within the tenth inning, ending Hill’s no-hitter.

The Reds’ Tyler Naquin had 5 hits in a 15-11 loss to the Mets, however he didn’t rating a run. The final participant to get 5 hits in a recreation however not rating a run when his staff scored a minimum of 11 was the Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall on Might 14, 2014. He had a 6-0-5-1 line in a 15-4 win over the Blue Jays.

July 20
Cardinals pitchers issued two extra walks with the bases loaded, operating their season whole to 22. The final staff with extra in a season was the 2009 Brewers with 23. Within the enlargement period, starting in 1969, the staff with essentially the most was the 1999 Mariners with 28.

July 21
Cardinals pitchers hit 5 batters in a 3-2 victory over the Cubs, and but there was no HBP for Anthony Rizzo, who has been hit extra instances in his profession than Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Tony Gwynn mixed. The Cardinals grew to become the primary staff to win a recreation regardless of hitting 5 batters because the Astros hit seven in a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on June 9, 2018. The Cardinals grew to become the primary staff to hit three batters within the ninth inning since June 27, 2016, when the Yankees hit three Rangers, all by reliever Kirby Yates. And the frequent denominator to the three video games talked about above is that catcher Robinson Chirinos performed in all three.

July 22
Yankees reliever Brooks Kriske threw 4 wild pitches within the tenth, tying a serious league report (executed 5 instances) for many wild pitches in a single inning. By comparability, Dick Corridor, a superb reliever for a number of groups, most notably the Orioles, had one wild pitch in 1,259 innings in his profession. Dan Quisenberry, the terrific nearer for the Royals, had 4 wild pitches in 1,043⅓ innings in his profession.

July 23
Six pitchers named Zack (or Zach or Zac) pitched: Zac Gallen (Diamondbacks), Zach Davies (Cubs), Zack Wheeler (Phillies), Zach Pop (Marlins), Zach Plesac (Indians), Zach Thompson (Marlins). Gallen, Davies, Wheeler and Thompson had been pitchers of report. Gallen and Davies began towards one another. Pop and Thompson pitched for a similar staff.

July 24
In what must be the best mixed numbers by beginning pitchers in main league historical past, No. 99 Hyun Jin Ryu of the Blue Jays began towards No, 99 Taijuan Walker of the Mets.

The Rockies had been shut out for a major-league-leading twelfth time, all on the street. Cincinnati in 1880 was shut out 10 instances, all on the street. The 2011 Twins had been shut out 12 instances, all on the street. No staff in main league historical past has ever been shut out 13 instances in a season, all on the street.

Padres pitcher Ryan Weathers hit a house run. His father, former pitcher David Weathers, hit two main league dwelling runs. The one different father-son combos to every hit a house run as a pitcher are Jim Bagby Sr. and Jr., Thornton and Don Lee, Clyde and Jared Wright and Mel Stottlemyre Sr. and his son Todd.

The Braves’ Freddie Freeman’s streak of pitches seen with out a swing and miss ended at 138. Throughout that point (July 11-24), the Cardinals’ Tyler O’Neill swung and missed essentially the most instances with 34. Earlier this yr, Nick Madrigal noticed 176 pitches with out a swing and miss.

July 25
Three pitchers named Grey began the identical day: the Rockies’ Jon, the Dodgers’ Josiah (similar recreation) and the Reds’ Sonny. It was the second time this season that three pitchers with the identical final identify began on the identical day: The Andersons (Brett, Tyler and Ian) did so in Might. In 2019, it occurred thrice with the identical three pitchers, the Marlins’ Pablo Lopez, the White Sox’s Reynaldo Lopez and the Royals’ Jorge Lopez.

July 26
Shohei Ohtani recorded his a hundredth strikeout of the season as a pitcher. He bought there with 35 dwelling runs as a hitter. The earlier report for many dwelling runs by a pitcher in a 100-strikeout season was 9 by Wes Ferrell in 1931. Ferrell is among the best-hitting pitchers of all time. In 1935, he hit walk-off dwelling runs in back-to-back video games for the Purple Sox, one as a pinch hitter, the following day as a beginning pitcher.

The Tigers’ Joe Jimenez grew to become the primary pitcher within the fashionable period (since 1900) to throw lower than two innings in an look (he pitched 1⅓), enable successful, stroll a batter, hit a batter, throw three wild pitches and one way or the other not enable a run.

July 27
Within the Tigers-Twins recreation, Mitch Garver and Eric Haase hit grand slams, marking the primary time in main league historical past that opposing catchers hit grand slams in the identical recreation. Garver’s got here within the first inning. Haase’s got here within the ninth. Every was a primary profession grand slam.

Abraham Toro hit a house run for the Astros on Monday evening towards the Mariners. He was traded to the Mariners on Tuesday. He hit a house run towards the Astros on Tuesday evening. He grew to become the primary participant in main league historical past to hit a house run for and towards a single staff on back-to-back days.

July 28
The Twins had two six-run innings however by no means led in a 17-14 loss to the Tigers. The identical factor occurred to the Purple Sox on June 29, 2019, in a 17-13 loss to the Yankees. The Tigers grew to become the primary staff to be outhomered 7-0 in a recreation and nonetheless win. Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers hit a grand slam; it got here someday after Twins catcher Mitch Garver hit a grand slam, marking the primary time in main league historical past {that a} staff bought a grand slam from totally different catchers in consecutive video games. And the Twins misplaced each video games, the primary staff to lose consecutive video games regardless of hitting a grand slam in every because the 2003 Brewers.

July 29
Gerrit Cole grew to become the primary pitcher in Yankees historical past to permit seven earned runs and strike out a minimum of 10 in a begin of lower than six innings.

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