Oddities and Statistical Facts, Weeks 4-5

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 05:  Wandy Rodriguez #25 of the Texas Rangers throws a pitch in the fifth inning during their game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 5, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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.

Game 24

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.

Game 25

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.

Game 28

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.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA R H RBI BB SO HBP SB CS
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

Game 29

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.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP R HR Pit BF
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.

Rk Strk Start End Games W L AB R H 2B 3B HR BA OBP SLG Opp
1 TEX 1996-06-19 1996-07-26 34 16 18 1203 187 346 77 9 50 .288 .354 .491 BAL,BOS,SEA,CAL,OAK,NYY,CHW
2 TEX 2015-04-07 2015-05-07 27 12 15 930 114 214 55 3 22 .230 .311 .367 OAK,HOU,LAA,SEA,ARI,TBR
3 TEX 1990-06-26 1990-07-25 26 18 8 894 134 252 57 4 20 .282 .346 .422 MIN,BOS,BAL,DET,NYY
4 TEX 2006-05-30 2006-06-25 25 13 12 898 144 264 69 3 22 .294 .342 .451 SEA,CHW,KCR,BOS,ARI,SDP,COL
5 TEX 1979-08-21 1979-09-15 24 13 11 870 119 267 44 3 29 .307 .352 .464 BAL,MIL,NYY,BOS,SEA,MIN
6 TEX 1977-05-27 1977-06-20 24 11 13 810 99 209 52 5 13 .258 .332 .383 MIL,SEA,BOS,NYY,CHW,CLE,MIN

Game 31

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.

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Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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