Oddities and Statistical Facts, Weeks 4-5
Here’s your belated weekly feature. Week four wasn’t that interesting. On the other hand in week five, red hot Shin-Soo Choo made the weekend series at Tropicana Field eventful. What happened? Let’s find out.
The Rangers left 14 on base, which is tied for the 4th most in a nine-inning game in team history.
Opposing starter Sonny Gray became the first pitcher in nine years to walk seven or more and punch out 10 or more in a game.
Ross Detwiler, of all people, held the Astros to one run and struck out seven of them in seven innings. He tied for a career high in Ks in a single game, notching that many for the 3rd time in his career.
Choo’s ground-rule double in the 6th made him one of 14 Rangers (15 times, Dean Palmer did it twice) with an extra-base hit in at least seven consecutive games. The streak came to an end the following day, leaving him one game shy of the team record held by Hank Blalock, Kevin Mench, Michael Young, and Ruben Sierra.
Delino DeShields stole three bags, despite failing to get a base hit.That was the 6th occasion in team history that such a thing happened.
|1||Delino DeShields||2015-05-07||TEX||TBR||W 5-4||4||2||0||1||3||0||0||3||0|
|2||Elvis Andrus||2010-04-20||TEX||BOS||L 6-7||5||1||0||0||3||1||0||3||0|
|3||Tom Goodwin||1999-04-21||TEX||NYY||L 2-4||5||1||0||0||1||1||0||3||0|
|4||Gary Ward||1985-06-29||TEX||OAK||L 6-7||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||3||0|
|5||Dave Nelson||1974-08-30||TEX||CLE||L 3-7||5||1||0||0||1||0||0||3||0|
|6||Dave Nelson||1972-10-04||TEX||KCR||L 0-4||4||0||0||0||2||0||0||3||0|
Alex Claudio came in to relieve Yovani Gallardo with two men on base in the 6th. Brandon Guyer crushed the first pitch Claudio threw and the park didn’t hold it. That was it for the 23-year-old lefty. In doing so, he became the 59th pitcher since 1975 (that’s when the oldest of the samples appears) to do the feat. Claudio joined Mark Lowe and Darren Oliver as the only Ranger relievers to have such outings.
|1||Alex Claudio||2015-05-08||TEX||TBR||L 2-8||6-6||0.0||1||1||1||1|
|2||Mark Lowe||2011-09-07||TEX||TBR||L 4-5||10-10f, L||0.0||1||1||1||1|
|3||Darren Oliver||2011-05-02||TEX||OAK||L 4-5||10-10f, L||0.0||1||1||1||1|
The Rangers had doubled in each of previous 27 games, but failed to hit one, snapping the second-longest such streak in franchise history.
Wandy Rodriguez retired the first 18 batters he faced. In addition to the last 18 in his previous outing against the Astros, his former team, he retired 34 consecutive batters over the same time span. That’s seven more than what you’d need to throw a perfect game, to help your math. For more details about Rodriguez’s hidden perfect game, Kate Morrison of Baseball Prospectus has you covered.