Elias Says: June 29, 2017

Porcello loses for the 10th time

Rick Porcello, the 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award winner, suffered his 10th loss of the 2017 season in Boston’s defeat at the hands of the Twins on Wednesday night. Porcello became the third pitcher to lose 10 games prior to July 1 after winning the Cy Young Award the previous season, joining Mike McCormick (11 in 1968) and Gaylord Perry (10 in 1973).

Andujar makes a historic debut for the Yankees

Miguel Andujar drove in four runs in his major-league debut lifting the Yankees to a 12-3 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday. Andujar became the first player in Yankees history with four RBIs in his first major-league game. Two Yankees drove in three runs in their debut: Billy Martin (1950) and Marv Throneberry (1955).

Moustakas hits his 20th homer of the season

Mike Moustakas hit his 20th home run of the season, part of a four-run fourth inning for the Royals in the team’s 8-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday night. The only player in Royals franchise history to reach 20 home runs in fewer team games than Moustakas (76) is Jermaine Dye, who hit his 20th round-tripper of the 2000 season in Kansas City’s 75th game.

Matz shuts down Marlins

Steven Matz pitched seven shutout innings leading the Mets to an 8-0 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night. Matz has pitched at least six innings without allowing a run in eight of his 32 career starts since making his major-league debut in 2015 (25 percent). That ties Jake Arrieta (20 of 80) for the highest such percentage among the 152 major-league pitchers that have made at least 30 starts over the last three seasons.

Top five hitters produce for the Astros

The Astros received great production from the top five hitters in their batting order on Wednesday with George Springer producing three hits and two RBIs, Josh Reddick three hits and three RBIs, Jose Altuve two hits and an RBI, Carlos Correa two hits and an RBI and Brian McCann two hits and two RBIs. It marked only the second time in Astros’ franchise history that each of the top five hitters in the starting lineup produced at least two hits and an RBI. The only other time that happened was on July 18, 1976, when the first seven players in Houston’s starting lineup – Greg Gross, Rob Andrews, Cesar Cedeno, Bob Watson, Jose Cruz, Enos Cabell and Ed Herrmann -- did it in a win over Montreal.

Eight K’s and four homers allowed in four innings for Paulino

David Paulino pitched with mix results on Wednesday, striking out eight Oakland hitters but allowing seven runs and four homers in just four innings of work. The only other pitchers with at least eight strikeouts and four home runs allowed while pitching four or fewer innings in a game are the Mets’ Nino Espinoza against the Reds on April 29, 1978 and Arizona’s Randy Johnson against the Cardinals on September 1, 2008.

Strasburg notches another 13-strikeout game

Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 and earned the win in Washington’s victory over the Cubs on Wednesday. It’s the eighth time Strasburg has registered at least 13 strikeouts in a game, the fourth highest total among active pitchers behind Clayton Kershaw (12), Chris Sale (12) and Max Scherzer (10).

1000 homers in consecutive months

There have been over 1000 home runs hit in the major leagues in June. That follows the 1060 home runs that were hit in the month of May. This marks the first time in major-league history there were at least 1000 home runs hit in consecutive calendar months.

Bautista’s leadoff homer gets Jays off on the right foot

Jose Bautista led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run and that would be the only run Toronto would need in its 4-0 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday. Bautista’s blast marked the first time a Blue Jay hit a leadoff home run this season. This was the latest into a season (today was the Blue Jays’ 77th game) that Toronto had gone without a leadoff homer in 16 years, since Jose Cruz Jr. hit the club’s first such home run of the 2001 season in its 97th game.

Knapp delivers for the Phillies

Andrew Knapp’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning snapped a 4-4 tie and gave the Phillies a 5-4 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday. Knapp’s .148 batting average with runners in scoring position was tied with Jeff Mathis for the second-lowest in the National League among players with at least 20 at bats in that situation entering Wednesday’s action, ahead of only Carlos Gonzalez (.145).

Rockies lose eighth straight

The Giants beat the Rockies extending Colorado’s losing streak to eight games on Wednesday afternoon. Each of the Rockies losses have come against division opponents, two to Arizona, three to Los Angeles and three to San Francisco. Prior to Colorado, the last team to lose eight consecutive games, all to division opponents, while entering the losing streak at least 20 games over the .500 mark was the Reds in 1990. Cincinnati, who entered the streak with a 59-33 record, lost eight consecutive games to National League West opponents, the Padres, Giants and Dodgers.

Pittsburgh rookies come through in the first inning

Jose Osuna had an RBI double and Elias Diaz delivered a two-run single in a four-run first inning in the Pirates’ 6-2 win over the Rays on Wednesday. It marked the first time that Pittsburgh had multiple rookies each drive in a run in the first inning of a game in nearly seven years, since Jose Tabata and Neil Walker each had an RBI in the opening frame on September 22, 2010.

Scooter is having the month of his life

Scooter Gennett’s two-run home run in the third inning was the big blow in the Reds’ 4-3 win over the Brewers on Wednesday night. Gennett has nine home runs and 24 RBIs in June. Those are by far the highest totals he has produced in those categories in a calendar month in his major-league career. Prior to this month, Gennett’s high RBI total for a month was 14 in June and September of 2016 and the most homers he ever hit in a month was only four, which he did four different times.

Molina’s bases loaded single sparks Cardinals

Yadier Molina delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded in the fourth inning staking the Cardinals to a 3-0 lead in a game they would go on to win, 4-3, over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Molina entered the contest 0-for-5 with the bases loaded this season, which tied Carlos Gonzalez and Eric Thames for the second most at bats without a hit with the bags full in the National League, behind Gregory Polanco (0-for-8).

Angels rookie hurls a gem

Alex Meyer allowed no runs and one hit in six innings for the Angels against the Dodgers on Wednesday. The only other Angels’ rookie starting pitchers to pitch at least six shutout innings while allowing one or fewer hits are Bo Belinsky, who no-hit the Orioles on May 5, 1962, Dean Chance against the Twins on September 10, 1962, Jered Weaver against the Rangers on September 15, 2006 and Matt Shoemaker against the Red Sox on August 21, 2014.