MLB Notebook: McCutchen keeps on raking
Andrew McCutchen played in his 476th game on Sunday and was the only player in Pittsburgh's lineup to drive in a run, accounting for all three RBIs in a 3-2 victory. With his performance, the center fielder now has 189 career extra-base hits, 89 stolen bases, and a .282/.367/.470 line.
With the Pirates having 103 more games on their regular-season schedule, it seems reasonable to expect that McCutchen -- now playing in his age-25 season -- will be at 200 extra-base hits and 100 stolen bases by the end of the year. One player in franchise history has reached 200 extra-base hits and 100 steals through his age-25 season: Barry Bonds. And in looking at Bonds and McCutchen through their first 476 games, the similarities stick around. When Bonds had played 476 Major League contests, he owned 203 extra-base hits, 96 stolen bases and a .256 batting average, a .345 on-base percentage, and a .466 slugging percentage.
In the Pirates' 3-2 victory over the Royals, McCutchen doubled, homered and stole a base. Since 2009 (his first season), McCutchen has eight games with a home run and a stolen base, tying him with Jayson Werth and Hanley Ramirez for the 15th most in the Majors. Carlos Gonzalez has the most such games, with 17 (Gonzalez had his 17th on Sunday).
Pittsburgh has now allowed two or fewer runs in 22 contests this season. The Pirates, who are tied for first in the NL Central, are tied with the Giants and Rays for the fourth-most games with no more than two runs allowed. The Dodgers have done it 25 times, the Nationals are second with 24 games and the Angels have 23 such games.
Will Venable connected for his seventh career homer to lead off a game, and tied Quilvio Veras for the Padres' franchise record. Rickey Henderson and Brian Giles are tied for the third most, with five apiece. Venable holds San Diego's single-season record with five leadoff home runs in 2011.
The Orioles defeated the Phillies, 5-4, in 10 innings, improving to 9-2 in extra-inning contests. Baltimore's 11 extra-inning games and nine extra-inning wins are the most in the Majors. The O's have won nine straight extra-innings affairs; according to the club's press notes, the winning streak is the longest for the franchise since moving to Baltimore in 1954. The previous mark of eight extra-inning victories in a row was set in 1997 and matched in 2010.
David Ortiz doubled (his 20th of the season) and homered (his 14th), for his 127th multi extra-base hit game since 2003 (his first year with the Red Sox). Those 127 since '03 are the second most in the Majors, to Albert Pujols' 131.
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The visiting Nationals beat the Red Sox, 4-3, to complete a three-game sweep, and improved to 35-23 for the season. Prior to this sweep, the Expos/Nationals franchise was 0-9 at Fenway Park. The 35 wins tie the 2012 Nats with the 1979 and '94 Expos teams for the most through 58 games in franchise history.
Adam Dunn became the fourth player in White Sox history to have 20 homers through the team's first 60 games, joining Frank Thomas (22 in 1994), Jim Thome (21 in 2006) and Thomas again (20 in '95).
The Cubs' Ryan Dempster won his second game of the season, allowing four hits over eight scoreless innings. Dempster's line marked the third time this season he has finished a start with at least seven shutout innings and no more than four hits allowed. Brandon Morrow and Zack Greinke are the other two pitchers this season to have three games with these minimums.
Jason Kipnis' three-run home run in the ninth inning proved to be the difference in the Indians' 4-1 victory over the Cardinals, and gave Cleveland's second baseman his fifth game with at least three RBIs. Those five -- the most for any second baseman in the Majors in 2012 -- tie Kipnis for the fifth most in the Majors.
In the Angels' 10-8 victory over the Rockies, Ervin Santana allowed seven runs and got the win, while Christian Friedrich (nine runs allowed) took the loss. This affair marked the 38th time since 1995 (and first time since 2010) that a Coors Field ballgame saw both starters allow at least seven runs. Since '95, there have been 258 games of this kind across the Majors.
In their win, the Angels' top-four batters -- Mike Trout, Torii Hunter, Pujols and Mark Trumbo -- combined to go 9-for-19 with 10 runs scored, nine RBIs and five extra-base hits. The Angels, who completed a three-game sweep over the Rockies, saw this quartet put up the following combined numbers in the three games at Coors Field: 25 hits in 54 at-bats, 23 runs scored, 24 RBIs and 10 extra-base hits.
In the Rangers' 61st game of the year, Josh Hamilton drove in two runs to give him 61 for the year. Hamilton is one of five players in Senators/Rangers history to have at least 60 RBIs through the club's first 61 games. Juan Gonzalez had 77 in 1998, Hamilton had 68 in 2008, Jose Canseco had 62 in '94 and Will Clark had 60 in '94. Gonzalez in '98 and Hamilton in '08 are two of five players to have at least 95 RBIs at the All-Star break.
Andre Ethier hit his fourth career grand slam and increased his National League-leading RBI total to 52. Ethier's 52 RBIs are the most for a Dodgers player through the team's first 61 games since Eric Karros had 55 in 2000.
The Tigers rallied with four runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Reds, 7-6, improving to 28-32 for the season. Two of Detroit's three hits in the inning came against Aroldis Chapman, who was also charged with two runs. Chapman had entered the game having allowed nine hits and two runs (one earned) in 30 innings of work this season.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.