Elias Says: August 29, 2017

Royals suffer another 12-0 loss

After losing by a 12-0 score to the Indians on Sunday, the Royals fell to the Rays by the same score on Monday. Kansas City is just the second team in major-league history to get shutout while allowing 12 or more runs in consecutive games. The only other team to do that was the St. Louis Browns, who were defeated by scores of 12-0 and 14-0 in a double-header against the Tigers on September 22, 1936.

Kansas City has now gone 43 consecutive innings without scoring a run, which is the longest streak of that kind in over 49 years, since the Cubs failed to score in 48 straight frames in June of 1968. The last American League team to go at least 43 consecutive innings without scoring a run was the St. Louis Browns in 1913 (43).

Hoskins fails to homer, but does produce his 25th RBI

Rhys Hoskins failed to extend his home run streak, but he did drive in a run, his 25th RBI in just his 19th career game, in a 2-for-4 performance in Philadelphia’s 6-1 win over the Braves on Monday. Those are the second-fewest games needed to reach 25 RBIs among players who made their major-league debut since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, behind Mandy Brooks (17 games).

230 K’s in 25 starts for Scherzer

Max Scherzer allowed one run and struck out 10 in seven innings of work in his first start off the disabled list in Washington’s win on Monday night. Scherzer has registered 230 strikeouts in 25 starts this season. The only other pitchers in major-league history with at least 230 strikeouts over their first 25 starts of a season are Sandy Koufax (1965), Nolan Ryan (1973, 1977 and 1989), Roger Clemens (1988), Randy Johnson (1995, 1997-2001), Pedro Martinez (1997, 1999 and 2000), Curt Schilling (2002) and Chris Sale (2017).

Jones tops Ripken’s mark

Adam Jones hit his 25th home run of the season, the seventh straight season he has reached that homer total, in the Orioles’ 7-6 win over the Mariners on Monday. Jones’s streak of seven consecutive seasons with 25 or more homers is a new Orioles’ franchise record breaking the tie he held with Cal Ripken Jr. The only other active major-league players who have produced 25 or more home runs in at least seven consecutive seasons at any point in their career are Miguel Cabrera (11 straight from 2004 to 2014) and Albert Pujols (12 straight from 2001 to 2012).

Homer-happy Indians beat Yankees

After hitting three home runs on Saturday and three more longballs on Sunday against the Royals, the Indians went deep four times in their 6-2 win over the Yankees on Monday. It’s the first time in over eight years the Indians hit three or more homers in three consecutive games, since they did that in three straight contests in July of 2009.

Two of Cleveland’s home runs were hit by Jose Ramirez, who entered the contest with a streak of 106 consecutive at bats without a homer. Ramirez has now hit 20 home runs on the season, becoming the fourth Indian to reach that milestone this season. This marks the first time in 17 years that Cleveland had at least four players with 20 or more home runs prior to September, since Travis Fryman, David Justice, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome all did it in 2000.

Kendrick’s bases-loaded triple leads Nats to victory

Howie Kendrick’s triple with the bases loaded was the big blow in a six-run sixth inning in the Nationals’ 11-2 win over the Marlins on Monday. It marked the second time this season that Kendrick delivered a triple with the bags full, with his other such hit coming on April 8 while he was with the Phillies. The only other player with multiple bases-loaded triples this season is Detroit’s Nicholas Castellanos (two).

Vazquez goes 4-for-4 in Red Sox’ win

Christian Vazquez went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs leading the Red Sox to a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Monday. It’s only the third time a catcher has gone 4-for-4 or better in a game this season and Vazquez has produced two of those games, his other coming on April 11. The only other such game by a catcher was produced by Baltimore’s Caleb Joseph on May 8. Prior to Vazquez, the last Red Sox catcher with multiple 4-for-4 or better performances in a single season was Rich Gedman, who had three such games in 1985.

Castellanos rises to the occasion with men on base

Nicholas Castellanos singled in a run in the first inning and drove in two more runs with a triple in the third inning leading the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Rockies on Monday. Castellano’s is hitting .313 with runners on base as compared to his .202 batting average with the bases empty this season. Among players who currently qualify for the league leadership in batting average, only two others are hitting at least 110 points higher with men on base than they are with the bases empty this season: Hunter Pence (.322/.201) and Mookie Betts (.333/.223).

Two more errors for Rodriguez

Sean Rodriguez committed two errors in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Cubs on Monday marking the second consecutive game he made two miscues. It’s the third time in the last six seasons that a player committed multiple errors in consecutive games and Rodriguez has been the culprit twice, having previously done that while he was with the Rays in 2012. The other player to do that since the start of the 2012 season is Alex Bregman (August 2016).

Samardzija blanks Padres

Jeff Samardzija hurled a three-hit shutout in the Giants’ 3-0 win over the Padres on Monday. Samardzija has now pitched at least one complete game in each of the last six seasons. The only other major-league pitchers to go the distance at least once in each season since 2012 are Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester and Chris Sale.