MLB Notebook: Homer happy to enter record books
Since 1918, there have been 180 official complete-game no-hitters, with 44 of them including at least 10 strikeouts.
The first of those 44 came on July 1, 1920, when Walter Johnson (who else?) fanned 10 while beating the Red Sox, 1-0. No other pitcher reached 10 K's in a no-no again until '46, when Bob Feller fanned 11. And when Reds pitcher Jim Maloney struck out 12 in a 10-inning no-hitter on Aug. 19, 1965, his gem was just the eighth in 66 to have no hits paired with 10 or more K's -- although, to be fair, Maloney's was also the third no-hitter in a row with at least 10 strikeouts.
Homer Bailey fanned 10 Pirates on Friday while throwing the 15th no-hitter in Reds history, and the first since Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988. With Bailey being the first Reds pitcher since Maloney in '69 to strike out at least 10 in a no-hitter, eight of the most recent 20 no-no's have included 10 or more punch-outs.
Bailey had just one walk and posted a game score (an equation used to measure a pitcher's dominance) of 96, which is tied for the 57th highest for a nine-inning game since 1918.
Bailey's 96 game score is tied for the third-highest this season. Matt Cain's perfect game produced a score of 101, and Felix Hernandez's perfect game had a score of 99. Bailey and his 96 are tied with R.A. Dickey (one-hit shutout with 13 K's and two walks), Philip Humber (perfect game) and Cain (one-hit shutout with 11 K's and no walks).
Bailey's no-hitter gave the 2012 season a total of seven: perfect games from Humber, Cain and Hernandez and no-hitters by Johan Santana, Jered Weaver, Bailey and a combined no-no by the Mariners. The seven are tied with 1990 and '91 for the most in any season in the modern era. In 1884, there were eight, spread across the American Association, Union Association, and National League.
Bailey's no-hitter was the 135th in NL history. It was the first thrown against the Pirates since Bob Gibson's masterpiece on Aug. 14, 1971.
|Bumpus Jones||Oct. 15, 1892||Pirates|
|Ted Breitenstein||April 22, 1898||Pirates|
|Noodles Hahn||July 12, 1900||Phillies|
|Fred Toney||May 2, 1917||Cubs|
|Hod Eller||May 11, 1919||Cardinals|
|Johnny Vander Meer||June 11, 1938||Bees (Braves)|
|Johnny Vander Meer||June 15, 1938||Dodgers|
|Clyde Shoun||May 15, 1944||Braves|
|Ewell Blackwell||June 18, 1947||Braves|
|Jim Maloney||Aug. 19, 1965||Cubs|
|George Culver||July 29, 1968||Phillies|
|Jim Maloney||April 30, 1969||Astros|
|Tom Seaver||June 16, 1978||Cardinals|
|Tom Browning||Sept. 16, 1988||Dodgers|
|Homer Bailey||Sept. 28, 2012||Reds|
The Angels defeated the Rangers, 7-4, with Jered Weaver (seven innings, five hits, two runs) picking up the win to improve to 20-4.
Weaver is the first Angels pitcher since Bartolo Colon in 2005 to win at least 20 games, and is the eighth Angels pitcher overall to reach the milestone. The others: Dean Chance (1964), Clyde Wright ('70), Andy Messersmith ('71), Bill Singer ('73) and Nolan Ryan ('73, '74).
Besides leading the American League in wins and winning percentage, Weaver is third in ERA, first in WHIP, first in batting average against, first in OPS against, seventh in walks per nine innings and first in hits per nine. With 141 strikeouts (21st in the league), Weaver could become the first AL pitcher since Jamie Moyer in 2003 to win at least 20 and fail to reach 150 K's.
Mike Trout went 2-for-5 with a homer and a triple in the Angels' win. Trout's homer led off the game and was his 29th home run overall.
With his 47 steals and 29 home runs, Trout's next home run would make him the first player in baseball history to have a 30-30 season in his age-20 or younger campaign. Alex Rodriguez is the current title holder as the youngest player to reach the mark, having produced a 40-40 year in his age-22 season in 1998.
Trout has 61 extra-base hits, the eighth-highest total in history for a player in his age-20 or younger season. The top seven totals: 91 (Rodriguez in 1996), 86 (Ted Williams in '39), 81 (Mel Ott in '29), 76 (Vada Pinson in '59), 71 (Frank Robinson in '56) and 67 (Mickey Mantle in '52, Orlando Cepeda in '58). All of those players were in their age-20 season.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun stole his 30th base Friday vs. the Astros to give him back-to-back 30-30 seasons.
Braun is the 13th player in history with multiple 30-homer, 30-steal seasons, and the seventh different player in history to go 30-30 in back-to-back-years. The others with at least two in a row: Willie Mays (1956-57), Bobby Bonds ('77-78), Barry Bonds ('95-97), Ron Gant ('90-91), Vladimir Guerrero (2001-02) and Alfonso Soriano ('02-03, '05-06).
The Phillies' Cliff Lee allowed one run and three hits with no walks and five K's in a seven-inning no-decision vs. the Marlins. With no free passes, Lee extended his streak of starts of at least six innings and no more than one walk to 16 -- the longest in the modern era.
Lee has struck out 200 batters and walked 28 for a ratio of 7.14. Combining his ratio of 10.28 in 2010 (which ranks second all-time), Lee is on the verge of becoming the fourth pitcher since 1893 to have multiple seasons of qualifying for the ERA title with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7.00 or above. The other three were Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling.
Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 in eight shutout innings and improved to 13-9 as the Dodgers defeated the Rockies, 8-0.
With the performance, Kershaw lowered his ERA to an NL-leading 2.58. With the 10 K's, Kershaw moved into 11th place since 1893 for the most strikeouts through a pitcher's age-24 season. Among lefties, Kershaw's total trails those by Sam McDowell, Frank Tanana and Fernando Valenzuela.
Here and there
Chris Tillman (eight innings, one hit, one run) and Troy Patton combined on a one-hitter and the Orioles defeated the Red Sox, 9-1. Before Friday night, the most recent time the Orioles kept the Red Sox to no more than one hit was April 27, 1968, when Tom Phoebus threw a no-hitter against them.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 35th home run of the season and 91st of his career. The 91 tie him with Williams and Bob Horner for the sixth-highest total in history for a player through his age-22 season. Robinson owns the fifth most, with 98.
Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a double to give him 243 total bases, passing Buddy Lewis (240 in 1936) for the most for a player in a teenage season.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.