Fascinating facts about Wednesday's games
Hanson's wins pace ahead of three legendary Braves hurlers
Tommy Hanson won his 25th career game on Wednesday as the Braves beat the Brewers, 8-3, in the first game of a doubleheader. It was Hanson's 62nd Major League game.
Neither Warren Spahn, Phil Niekro nor Tom Glavine -- all 300-game winners and Hall of Famers -- had as many wins through 62 games, which means the 24-year-old Hanson is ahead of those three Braves legends.
Spahn, the winningest left-hander in Major League history with 363 victories, was 24-14 after his 62nd career game in 1947. He was 26 years old. Niekro, a 27-year-old relief pitcher when he appeared in his 62nd game in 1966, was 4-5. Glavine was 17-27 after his 62nd game. That was in 1989; Glavine was 23.
Hanson went six innings and allowed two runs in picking up his fourth win of the season. He has pitched at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs in 31 -- exactly half -- of his career appearances. Those 31 starts of six-plus innings and two-or-fewer runs allowed through his first 62 games are tied for the 12th-most since 1920.
The leaders: Dwight Gooden (43), Mike Mussina (35), Tom Seaver (33), Steve Kline (33) and Mark Prior (32).
The Braves' Tim Hudson pitched a one-hit shutout in the second game of the doubleheader. He faced two batters over the minimum (two walks) and picked up his 169th career win.
His 169 wins have come in his first 352 games, ranking him 19th among pitchers for wins in 352 games since 1920. Spahn had 170.
The one hit allowed matched Hudson's career low, accomplished twice before. He threw a one-hit shutout in beating the White Sox on Aug. 28, 2000, and he blanked the Rockies on one hit on May 1, 2006. His one-hitter was the fourth time in the Majors this season in which a pitcher went the distance and allowed no more than one hit (Dan Haren and Anibal Sanchez threw one-hitters, and Francisco Liriano tossed a no-hitter). There were 15 such games all of last season, the most since 1993.
In the second game of a doubleheader, the Braves' Nate McLouth hit his second home run, had two at-bats, collected two hits, scored two runs, drove in two runs, and drew two walks in the nightcap. The player who went 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored in the second game of a doubleheader was the Yankees' Graig Nettles on Sept. 15, 1979.
Down 2-0 heading into the ninth and with only one hit through the first eight innings, the Reds strung together a walk and four consecutive hits to rally and defeat the Astros, 3-2. The game-winner was provided by Jay Bruce, who doubled in the winning run. The game-ender, the fourth walk-off hit of Bruce's career, gave the Reds three walk-off hits this season, most in the National League.
|Albert Pujols, Cardinals||42||2008|
|Orlando Hudson, D-backs||33||2007|
|Derrek Lee, Cubs||32||2007|
|Alfonso Soriano, Cubs||31||2007|
|Victor Martinez, Indians||30||2006|
|Rafael Furcal, Dodgers||30||2008|
|Joey Votto, Reds||30||Active|
Joey Votto, who went 1-for-4, has reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in all 30 games this season. Votto is four games shy of tying Dave Collins' franchise record, set in 1981, for the longest on-base streak to start a season. Votto's current streak is tied for the fifth-longest since 2006. Albert Pujols reached base in each of the Cardinals' first 42 games in 2008.
Kevin Correia allowed two runs in six innings and improved to 5-2 in the Pirates' 7-4 win over the Padres. He is the first Pirates' pitcher since Denny Neagle in 1995 to have five wins through the team's first 31 games.
Correia is 5-0 in five starts on the road. He is the first Pirates pitcher since Don Robinson won his first seven in 1982 to open a season by winning his first five starts as a visitor. Since 1920, only two other Pirates pitchers have had a five-game road winning streak to begin the year. Wilbur Cooper opened the season by winning his first 10 road starts in 1920 and Rip Sewell began the 1944 season year by earning a win in each of his first five starts on the road.
Here and there
The Blue Jays' Adam Lind went 4-for-4, hit his sixth home run and drove in two runs to increase his RBI total to 25. Lind is hitting .438 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in his past 12 games.
Phillies starter Vance Worley improved to 2-0 with six innings of one-run ball, striking out seven and walking none. Worley has made four starts in his Major League career, two in 2010 and two this year. In those four starts, he has thrown 22 innings, allowed three earned runs (1.23 ERA) on 13 hits and has struck out 20 while walking seven.
Matt Stairs of the Nationals collected his 100th career pinch-hit. He is the 19th player with 100 or more career pinch-hits.
The Giants' Tim Lincecum pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 12 in picking up his third win of the year. Lincecum has reached double digits in strikeouts 29 times in his 130 career appearances. Since 1919, only Dwight Gooden (37), Kerry Wood (33) and Roger Clemens (33) have had more double-digit-strikeout games through their first 130 appearances.
Since his first season in 2007, Lincecum has had five games in which he has struck out at least 10 and allowed no runs -- that total leads the Majors for that span. Six pitchers - Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza, Rich Harden, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ricky Nolasco and Jonathan Sanchez -- are tied for the second-most since 2007, with three each.
The Marlins' Mike Stanton hit his fifth home run of the season and third in his past four games. Stanton has 27 home runs through his first 126 Major League games -- tied with Al Rosen, Bob Allison, Norm Zauchin, Dave Kingman, Jose Cruz, Jr. and Zeke Bonura for the 25th-most by any player since 1919 through his first 126 games. Mark McGwire, with 42, owns the high mark.
The Indians' Josh Tomlin allowed two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. Tomlin has pitched at least five innings in all 18 of his Major League appearance -- tied with Wayne Simpson for the seventh-longest streak to begin a career, since 1920. Over the course of those 18 starts, Tomlin is 10-5 with a 3.80 ERA over 113 2/3 innings. He leads the AL with a 0.811 WHIP.
Texas' C.J. Wilson threw a complete-game six-hitter and struck out 12 batters -- a career high -- while walking one. He beat his Mariners' counterpart, Michael Pineda, who struck out nine with no walks. Major League starters are averaging 2.24 strikeouts for every walk. Last year, they finished the season averaging 2.21 strikeouts for every walk.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.