MLB Notebook: Greinke's gem unrewarded
On Sept. 22, 1975, Angels left-hander Frank Tanana finished his start with 13 scoreless innings on six hits. He fanned 13 and walked three. Almost 11 months later, Tanana again had a start that featured 13 shutout innings with 13 strikeouts, and this time he allowed seven hits and two walks.
Those two starts were notable for what was missing in Tanana's line: a win.
In both of those starts -- which worked out to game scores (an equation used to measure a pitcher's dominance) of 105 in the first outing and 104 in the second, Tanana had nothing to show in the win or loss column for his efforts. In the live-ball era, he is the only pitcher to have no-decisions in multiple starts with game scores of at least 100.
Milwaukee's Zack Greinke took a no-decision Wednesday despite allowing just two hits in eight scoreless innings in the Brewers' 2-1 loss to the Reds. Greinke also struck out 11 and walked none. With that line, his start produced a game score of 89.
The 89 matched the best of Greinke's career, previously accomplished in a one-hit shutout on Aug. 30, 2009. In that game, Greinke fanned five and walked one.
With that game score and the absence of a win or loss, Greinke became the eighth pitcher in the past 10 seasons to post a score that high in a no-decision. The others: Javier Vazquez (2003), Ben Sheets (for Milwaukee in '04), Curt Schilling ('04), Mark Prior ('04), Carlos Zambrano ('05), Colby Lewis ('10), and Travis Wood ('10).
Greinke is the sixth pitcher this season to have a game score of at least 89. Between 1998 and 2011, the 2002 season had the most starts with a score that high, with 27. Through the first 926 starts that season, there had been six such games. The six this season have come through the first 926 starts.
Joey Votto went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the Reds' 2-1 win. Votto now has 15 two-base hits this season -- the most in the Majors.
Votto's 15 doubles through the club's first 30 games are tied for the most for a Reds player since 1918, matching Don Hoak's total in '58. As a point of reference, when Boston's Earl Webb set the Major League record with 67 doubles in '31, he had 13 through his team's first 30 games.
For all players since 1918, Paul Waner had the most, with 24 through the Pirates' first 30 games in '32. Waner finished that season with 62 doubles -- the fifth most in history.
Votto is currently playing in his sixth season, and he has 168 career two-base hits. For all sixth-year players in Reds history, that total is fifth most. With 25 more, Votto would tie Vada Pinson for the most.
Paul Maholm (seven innings, three hits) and two relievers combined on a four-hitter vs. the Braves, and the Cubs won their first 1-0 game at Wrigley Field since June 13, 2011.
Since allowing 12 runs in eight innings over his first two starts of the season, Maholm has allowed three runs in 25 1/3 innings over his past four starts, and he's won each of them. Maholm is the first Cubs southpaw since Ken Holtzman in 1969 to have four consecutive games of at least six innings and no more than one run allowed. During his stretch, Holtzman threw four complete games, with shutouts in the final three.
Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 to reach the 50-hit mark for the season. Jeter became the only Yankees player in the live-ball era to have 50 through the team's first 30 games. After Jeter, Lou Gehrig (1927) and Alfonso Soriano (2003) are tied for the second most, with 48.
Since 1920, Jeter is the 36th player to have at least 50 knocks through 30 team games. Hank Aaron had the most, with 60 in '59.
For franchises, the Cardinals have the most players to reach the 50-hit mark this early, with eight. For St. Louis, Joe Medwick and Stan Musial each did it twice.
Rafael Furcal went 4-for-5 to pace a 15-hit attack in the Cardinals' 7-2 win over the D-backs, and he now has seven games this season with at least three hits. Those seven through the Cardinals' first 31 games tied Furcal with six others for the fourth most for the franchise since 1918.
Rogers Hornsby had nine such games in 1921, Musial had eight in '58 and Tony Scott had eight in '79. The others with seven games of at least three hits through St. Louis' first 31 contests: Jim Bottomley ('23), Hornsby ('24), Taylor Douthit ('28), Andy High ('29) and Musial ('48, '57).
Here and there
Brandon Morrow won his fourth straight start, allowing one run on four hits in six innings in a 5-2 win over the A's. In his past four starts, Morrow has allowed two runs and 19 hits in 27 2/3 innings and has fanned 30. Morrow is the eighth Blue Jays pitcher to have a single-season streak of at least four straight games of at least six innings and one or no runs allowed, and the first to do it since Roy Halladay in 2005. The longest such streak in franchise history was five starts, by Dave Stieb in 1983, Roger Clemens in 1997, and Halladay in '05.
Bruce Chen allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings and picked up his first win of the year, as the Royals defeated the Red Sox, 4-3. With the victory, Chen became the 28th Opening Day starter from this season to have an entry in the win column. The only remaining winless Opening Day starters are the Josh Johnson and Ryan Dempster. James Shields, Jered Weaver, and Kyle Lohse are tied for the most wins (five) among those 30 pitchers who made the start in their team's first game of this season.
With their victory over the Red Sox, the Royals improved to 8-5 since enduring a 12-game losing streak. This recent run of success includes a 5-4 record against the Tigers, Yankees and Red Sox.
With the Reds' victory, Dusty Baker became the 20th manager to reach 1,500 wins. Baker and Gene Mauch are the only two 1,500-win managers to not win a World Series.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.