Oddities and Statistical Facts, Weeks 16-17
Here’s yet another belated statistical recap. In this article, I covered the two weeks following the all-star break. A franchise-turning trade happened during this span, and the long-sought man accomplished some feat in his first game with the new team. Let’s find out.
Prince Fielder grounded out to Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen in the 5th inning. It did not only score Nick Martinez from third, but also scored Rougned Odor, who was on second and caught Paulsen napping. A two-RBI ground out. Until this moment, there had been no such thing in the Rangers’ franchise history.
Shin-Soo Choo hit for the cycle, but we’re tired of hearing about it thanks to all the MLB.com notifications, aren’t we? So instead, I’m mentioning something else. Between him and Delino DeShields, they had eight hits, four apiece. They became the first pair of Rangers to have four or more hits in the same game since Michael Young and Ian Kinsler on July 8, 2012. That game is better known as The Thunder Game, where Mike Napoli vanished to the dugout as soon as a lightning strike hit near the park in the 4th inning.
Tanner Scheppers was brought in the bottom of the eighth inning to hold a comfortable four-run lead, but a free pass and four hits, including a pair of dingers later, it was gone. Fortunately, with the Rangers scoring two runs in the top of the ninth and Shawn Tolleson successfully closing out the game, Scheppers’ mess had minimum effect to the game’s outcome. Not only that, Scheppers was the one who was awarded the win. Before him, five Ranger hurlers had gotten a win in a game in which they gave up four runs, but none of them threw fewer than four innings, let alone just one. Poor Tanner hit a new low.
|1||Tanner Scheppers||2015-07-22||TEX||COL||W 10-8||8-8, W||1.0||3||4||1||2||2||0||7||0||0||36.00||-0.454||-3.475||.987|
|2||Esteban Loaiza||1999-07-19||TEX||SFG||W 14-7||5-9f, W||4.2||5||4||1||1||0||2||20||3||0||7.71||0.103||-0.525||.305|
|3||Adrian Devine||1977-08-03||TEX||CHW||W 12-10||7-12, BW||5.0||7||4||2||2||1||0||23||1||0||7.20||0.296||-0.463||2.135|
|4||Jackie Brown||1975-06-09||TEX||BOS||W 12-4||3-9f, W||6.1||6||4||5||3||1||2||30||2||0||5.68||0.009||-0.248||.434|
|5||Dick Such||1970-04-28||WSA||MIL||W 9-6||5-9, W||4.0||5||4||5||4||1||2||22||1||0||9.00||0.080||-1.237||.624|
|6||Marshall Bridges||1965-05-27||WSA||CAL||W 9-6||1-9, W||8.1||7||4||2||6||0||3||34||1||0||2.16||0.246||0.721||.622|
The Rangers gave up 21 runs, the second most amount in a single game in franchise history, to the Yankees in a slaughterous loss. While this fact itself sounds like a record, a weirder thing did happen in this game. Leading off the game in the first inning, Jacoby Ellsbury reached on first base via catcher Robinson Chirinos‘ interference. Eight innings later, leading off in the ninth inning, Ellsbury reached via interference again, committed by Tomas Telis this time. As a result, Ellsbury became the first player to reach on base via interference twice in a game since David Murphy (surprising!) on April 11th, 2010.
Ryan Rua circled around the bases for an inside-the-park home run, thanks to a miscue by Yankees center fielder Ellsbury. According to ESPN HR Tracker, the line drive traveled just 276 feet, the shortest distance for any home run has been hit in 2015, beating Jarrod Dyson’s 279 feet, another failed diving attempt-aided inside-the-park home run. Better yet, it was the second shortest in last four years, trailing only Ian Kinser’s fence-aided 197-footer in 2013.
In his first start as a Ranger, newly acquired Cole Hamels gave up five runs on eight hits, struck out six while walking just one in 7.2 innings. While it wasn’t his finest effort, Hamels was able to log some innings. In fact and fittingly so, it was the longest outing in Rangers debut by anyone since Cliff Lee, another frontline lefty who was acquired in a July blockbuster, on July 10th, 2010. I also note that Lee gave up six runs in a complete-game loss that day.
Everyone flummoxed when Jeff Banister pulled Martin Perez after an Angel Pagan lead-off double in the ninth inning, even though he had thrown just 80 pitches at that point. Excluding eight-inning complete game losses, Perez was the first pitcher to throw eight or more innings but not complete the game with 80 or fewer pitches in three years, since Jose Quintana on June 17th, 2012.