Oddities and Statistical Facts, Weeks 7-8
In the top of the sixth, Robinson Chirinos crushed a Wade Miley pitch to the right field line, made it to third safely. It was the first triple by a Rangers catcher at Fenway Park since Bengie Molina on the day he infamously hit for the cycle. Although the Rangers don’t play at Fenway often. In fact, it was the only fifth triple by a Rangers catcher at the baseball cathedral since they moved to Texas in 1972. But whenever you get a chance to talk about the Bengie Molina cycle, you execute it.
Getting caught stealing for the 70th time in his career, Elvis Andrus past Toby Harrah, who he had tied for the franchise record a week earlier, and set a new mark.
The Rangers completed a three-game series sweep of the Yankees in the Bronx for the first time in 12 years, since May 16th-18th, 2003. Guess who were the winning pitchers in that series? R.A. Dickey, Ismael Valdez, and John Thomson, respectively. And guess who started in game one of that series? It was none other than Colby Lewis, who, coincidentally enough, also started in game one 12 years later. Now this is a fun fact.
Having notched three hits in each of previous three contests, Prince Fielder again recorded three base hits in this one. As a result, he became the first Ranger ever to have three (or more) hits in four consecutive games. The streak is tied for the longest mark in this millennium.
Colby Lewis imploded. The right hander gave up 10 runs on 11 hits in a mere 2.2 innings on his way to out up an abysmal negative one game score. For those who are not familiar with the stat, the average start comes with a roughly 50 game score. In fact, there have been only four such starts, including Lewis’ in 2015. There were only five last year (one of them belongs to Lewis, an atrocious -16 start). In doing so, Lewis joined James Shields as the only pitchers with three starts with a negative game score in career since 1914. That’s quite an accomplishment, huh?
|1||James Shields||3||Ind. Games||0||3||24.55||3||11.0||36||30||3||8||9||4.00||-1.3|
|2||Colby Lewis||3||Ind. Games||0||3||32.40||3||8.1||36||30||5||3||3||4.68||-1.3|
Hanser Alberto went 1-for-3 with a triple in his MLB debut. The Dominican infielder became the third Ranger to hit a triple in first big league game.
|1||Hanser Alberto||2015-05-29||TEX||BOS||W 7-4||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||0.091||0.436||.603||9||SS|
|2||Jeff Frye||1992-07-09||TEX||CLE||W 14-4||5||3||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||0.066||0.814||.298||1||2B|
|3||Pete O’Brien||1982-09-03||TEX||CHW||L 5-7||5||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||-0.199||-0.179||2.168||2||LF|
In his MLB debut, Chi Chi Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. It was broken when David Ortiz led off the inning with a double. But with the brilliant effort, the Oral Roberts product became the sixth pitcher in team history, including Washington days, to throw at least 5.2 scoreless frames in MLB debut. Of the six, only Ray Rippelmeyer, he of the 18 career games, did it as a reliever.
|1||Chi Chi Gonzalez||2015-05-30||TEX||BOS||W 8-0||GS-6, W||5.2||2||0||5||2||0||102||60||62||24||0.234||2.268|
|1||Brian Sikorski||2000-08-16||TEX||NYY||W 5-0||GS-7, W||7.0||4||0||4||5||0||108||66||70||29||0.362||3.818|
|1||Roger Pavlik||1992-05-02||TEX||CHW||W 4-1||GS-6||6.0||1||0||6||4||0||93||44||68||23||0.376||2.866|
|1||Glen Cook||1985-06-23||TEX||MIN||W 3-1||GS-7, W||6.1||5||0||0||2||0||65||24||0.338||3.049|
|1||Don Loun||1964-09-23||WSA||BOS||W 1-0||SHO9, W||9.0||5||0||0||2||0||79||32||0.711||4.066|
|1||Ray Rippelmeyer||1962-04-14||WSA||CLE||L 4-6||1-6||5.2||6||0||2||3||0||23||-0.004||1.780|