MLB Notebook: Scutaro falls short of 'double cycle'
The Melton cousins -- Rube and Cliff -- had the very special opportunity to start against one another in a game between the Dodgers and the Giants at the Polo Grounds on April 30, 1944. Neither of the pitchers fared very well in the affair, with the right-handed Rube being charged with three runs in his one inning of work and Cliff giving up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.
If it wasn't a banner day for the Melton family, it had to be the greatest day in the baseball life of Phil Weintraub. Playing first base for the Giants that afternoon, Weintraub doubled twice, tripled once, homered once and drove in an astonishing 11 runs -- in Major League history, only Jim Bottomley and Mark Whiten had more RBIs in a game.
Weintraub was 36 years and 201 days old for that contest -- just about three months younger than Marco Scutaro was on Wednesday night, when the San Francisco third baseman had his own career game. Among other things, Scutaro fell a bases-loaded triple shy of becoming the only player in the live-ball era to hit for a double cycle: collecting one RBI on a single, two RBIs on a double, three RBIs on a triple and hitting a grand slam.
In the Giants' 15-0 walloping of the Cardinals, Scutaro went 3-for-6 and posted a career-best seven RBIs (his previous high was four). Scutaro was the first Giants player with at least seven RBIs since Jeff Kent had seven on May 1, 2001, and the first Giants third baseman to have that many since Cory Snyder drove in seven on June 6, 1992. Scutaro singled in a run in the third, drove in two with an eighth-inning double and then hit a grand slam in the ninth.
More from the Giants' rout
The Giants' 15-run win was their largest margin of victory in a shutout since beating the Expos, 18-0, on May 24, 2000. The Cardinals had not allowed so many runs in a shutout loss since losing, 19-0, to the Pirates on Aug. 3, 1961.
San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong threw seven scoreless innings and picked up the win to improve to 10-5 on the season. Vogelsong, who owns the National League's lowest ERA at 2.27, has gone at least six innings in all 21 of his starts this year -- the longest streak from the onset of the season for a Giants pitcher since Atlee Hammaker had a 21-game streak in 1983.
Big night for Marlins
The Marlins defeated the Mets, 13-0, with the 13 runs representing the franchise's largest margin of victory in a shutout since beating the White Sox, 13-0, on May 23, 2010.
In his second game since returning from a lengthy stay on the DL, Giancarlo Stanton hit two homers for the Marlins. Stanton's pair gives him 77 home runs in 1,168 career at-bats.
The 77 homers are the 16th most for any player through his age-22 season. With the two, Stanton broke out of a tie with Joe DiMaggio and Juan Gonzalez, and then also passed Orlando Cepeda.
Twenty players in history have hit at least 70 home runs through their age-22 season. Among those 20, Stanton's rate of one for every 15.17 at-bats is the third best. Bob Horner (total of 91) averaged one for every 13.99 at-bats, while Eddie Mathews (112) averaged one for every 14.13 at-bats.
Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 26 games.
The streak tied Reyes with Emilio Bonifacio (2011) for the second longest in Marlins franchise history. Only Luis Castillo (35 in 2002) owns a longer run for the club.
Bonifacio and Reyes are tied for the fifth-longest hitting streak by a switch-hitter in the past 40 seasons. Pete Rose hit in 44 straight in 1978, Jimmy Rollins put together a 36-game run in 2005, and Castillo had his streak of 35 games in '02. Jose Offerman also hit safely in 27 straight games in 1998.
Curtis Granderson hit his 30th home run of the year in the Yankees' 12-8 win over Detroit, giving the New York center fielder his second straight season with at least 30. Granderson, who has hit the most home runs in the Majors since 2011, is the third Yankees center fielder with back-to-back 30-homer seasons. Mickey Mantle reached 30 in eight straight seasons from 1955-62, while DiMaggio hit at least 30 in five straight years from 1937-41.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter went 2-for-6 and scored a pair of runs, giving him 951 career multihit games. Those 951 tied Jeter with Tony Gwynn for the fifth most for any player since 1918. Jeter's 44 multihit games this season are third most in the Majors, behind the 51 from Melky Cabrera and the 46 from Miguel Cabrera.
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, who entered his outing on Wednesday with the lowest hits allowed per nine innings (6.68) in the NL, surrendered nine hits in a complete-game effort, beating the Astros, 4-3.
Gonzalez, who also hit his first career home run, improved to 14-6 for the season and still leads in hits allowed per nine innings. He was the first Nationals pitcher to allow at least nine hits in a nine-inning complete game since Craig Stammen on July 11, 2009. In that game, Stammen also allowed nine hits, also in a start against the Astros.
Josh Hamilton fell a double shy of the cycle and drove in four runs, and the Rangers defeated the Red Sox, 10-9.
Hamilton, whose 30th homer kept him tied for second in the American League, is also tied for the lead in RBIs (95), is fourth in slugging (.575), sixth in OPS, (.926), fourth in total bases (226) and tied for sixth in extra-base hits (51).
The Athletics defeated the Angels, 9-8, despite allowing five home runs.
Before this contest, the A's had played only one game since 1918 in which they allowed as many as five long balls and still won. On April 23, 1985, Oakland surrendered six home runs vs. the Angels but came away with a 14-9 victory.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.