Oddities and Statistical Facts, Weeks 7-8

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 15:  Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers celebrates in the dugout after hitting his 400th career homerun against Bruce Chen #52 of the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 15, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Game 39

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.

Game 42

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.

Rk Player CS From To Age G SB
1 Elvis Andrus 70 2009 2015 20-26 964 198
2 Toby Harrah 69 1969 1986 20-37 1355 153
3 Lenny Randle 59 1971 1976 22-27 608 77
4 Bump Wills 55 1977 1981 24-28 703 161
5 Dave Nelson 55 1970 1975 26-31 568 144
6 Ian Kinsler 42 2006 2013 24-31 1066 172
7 Ivan Rodriguez 40 1991 2009 19-37 1507 81

Game 44

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.

Game 46

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.

Game 47

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?

Rk Player #Matching W L ERA GS IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP WPA
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

Game 48

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.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos Summary
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

Game 50

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.

Gcar Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R BB SO HR Pit Str GSc BF WPA RE24
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
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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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