MLB Notebook: Hanson takes unusual path to victory
In 1997, Greg Maddux became the 13th pitcher in the modern era to have three qualifying seasons with a WHIP below 1.00, and he joined Sandy Koufax, Juan Marichal, Tom Seaver and Don Sutton as the only pitchers in the live-ball era to have three.
That year, Maddux came up just short of joining Christy Mathewson, Slim Sallee and Bret Saberhagen as qualifying pitchers since 1901 to have a win total greater than his walk total, with 19 wins against 20 walks. In a 20-start stretch from June 7 through Sept. 17, the Atlanta right-hander threw a total of 143 innings and allowed just seven walks -- the same total amassed in just five innings by the Braves' Tommy Hanson on Wednesday night.
Hanson allowed one run while striking out seven and walking seven in the Braves' 7-1 win over the Marlins.
Since 1918, Hanson was the 19th pitcher to collect at least seven K's and seven walks in a start that lasted no more than five innings. Among the group, he is only the fourth to record a win. The other three: Ray Culp (July 15, 1969), David Clyde (June 27, 1973) and Vida Blue (Sept. 28, 1974).
Among the group, Hanson was the third to allow no more than one run. On April 26, 2007, Boof Bonser tossed five scoreless innings, and on April 12, 2006, Daniel Cabrera allowed one run.
Hanson also allowed seven stolen bases. He was the third pitcher since 1948 to allow seven walks and seven steals in a game. Randy Johnson did it in '89, and David Cone matched the feat in '92. Johnson allowed six runs and recorded the win, while Cone surrendered seven runs and was saddled with a loss.
A's unload on Blue Jays
Oakland banged out nine extra-base hits, got six shutout innings from A.J. Griffin and defeated the Blue Jays, 16-0.
The team shutout was Oakland's ninth of the year, which ranks second in the American League to the Angels' 14.
Before this contest, the most recent time the Athletics had scored at least 16 runs in a shutout was on June 26, 2005, when they defeated the Giants, 16-0.
Griffin's outing marked the 15th time this season an Athletics starter had gone at least six and allowed no runs. Those 15 tie the A's with the White Sox and Angels for the most in the Majors.
With Griffin's effort, the Oakland starters' ERA dropped to 3.63 -- best in the AL and ranked sixth in the Majors.
The nine extra-base hits set a new season high for Oakland, whose previous high of seven was first accomplished on June 12 against the Rockies. Using that date as a starting point, the A's have gone 27-9, averaging 4.8 runs per game in those 36 contests. Entering June 12, Oakland was 26-35 and averaging 3.5 runs per game.
The A's have won seven in a row -- their longest winning streak since 2009. In those seven games, the team allowed 15 runs in 66 innings and scored 41.
Batting leadoff, the Angels' Mike Trout went 2-for-4, hit his 16th home run and 20th double, scored three times and drove in two runs.
From the leadoff spot, Trout has seven games with at least two runs, two RBIs and two hits. Those seven from that slot are the most in the Majors this season, and are tied for the second most for an Angels player in any season. Darin Erstad had 11 such games in 2000, and seven in 1998.
Starter Jered Weaver allowed two runs in five innings and won his seventh straight start. The streak is the longest for an Angels pitcher since Weaver captured victories in seven consecutive starts to begin his career in 2006. The franchise record is 10 straight, accomplished by Chuck Finley in 1997.
Washington's Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 and improved to 11-4, as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 5-2.
The game marked Strasburg's seventh career double-digit strikeout effort, and the third time in 37 starts he has fanned at least 10 and issued no walks. Since 1918, the only other pitcher to have three such games through his first 37 appearances was Mark Prior.
Colorado's Jeff Francis picked up his third win of the season, allowing two runs in six innings in a 4-2 win over the D-backs. Since June 5, Rockies starters have gone 5-24, with Francis responsible for three of those five wins.
Dexter Fowler hit his 10th triple of the season in a three-hit game. Fowler has collected at least 10 triples in each of the past four seasons, and he is the only player who can make that claim at this point.
Sam Crawford had at least 10 triples in 17 straight seasons from 1900-16 -- the longest double-digit streak in baseball history. Fowler's four seasons with at least 10 triples are the most in Rockies team history, and his overall total of 49 three-base hits ties him with Neifi Perez for the most in franchise history.
Trailing, 6-5, in the bottom of the 10th, the Phillies scored two to defeat the Brewers, 7-6. The game marked the third straight 7-6 Phillies win in the three-game series, with each of the victories coming in Philadelphia's final at-bat.
In the first game of the series, they entered the bottom of the ninth trailing, 6-3, and in the middle contest, they began the bottom of the eighth with a 6-1 deficit. In the three-game set, the Phillies compiled 12 earned runs over 9 1/3 innings against Brewers relievers.
Detroit's Max Scherzer struck out eight Indians in seven innings and picked up the win to improve to 10-5.
Scherzer leads the AL with a rate of 10.99 strikeouts per nine innings (142 K's in 116 1/3 innings). In Tigers franchise history, the highest K/9 rate in a full season for a qualifying pitcher was Justin Verlander's 2009 mark of 10.09.
Scherzer's strikeout percentage -- the percentage of plate appearances ending in a strikeout -- stands at 28.34. Entering this season, the highest percentage for a qualifying Tigers pitcher was Verlander's 27.39 in 2009.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.