Adrian Beltre became the 31st player to join the 3,000-hit club yesterday. Here’s a look at 10 stats you may not know about Beltre’s career.
- Beltre connected for an RBI-double on the first pitch he saw in the majors, June 24, 1998, as a member of the L.A. Dodgers. He got his first hit off Chuck Finley of the Angels.
- He has 1,111 career hits with the Rangers, 949 with the Dodgers, 751 with Seattle, and 189 with the Red Sox.
- Although he has 3,000 career hits, Beltre has only one season with 200 hits. That happened in 2004 when he had exactly 200 hits that season.
- Beltre has finished in the top 10 in league MVP balloting six times. His best finish was second when he played for the Dodgers in ’04.
- Beltre has won five Gold Gloves and four Silver Slugger awards.
- He has at least one stolen base in each of his 20 seasons in the majors. He is only one of 24 players in MLB history to have a stolen base in 20 or more seasons.
- Beltre hit a pair of home runs in the World Series for the Rangers in 2011.
- Beltre has hit 454 home runs. He has hit 227 HRs at home and 227 on the road.
- Prior to the All-Star break, Beltre’s career batting average is .278. In games after the All-Star Game, Beltre has a career batting average of .295. In games his team has won. Beltre is hitting .319; in games his teams have lost, his career batting average is .249.
- He has a career batting average of .350 or above against three teams: the Marlins (.376), the Pirates (.362) and the Nationals (.350). His favorite park appears to be Coors Field in Colorado… he is 102-for-255, a .400 career batting average there.
It’s not an overstatement to say that Brewers’ starter Michael Blazek had a rough day yesterday. Making his first career start in the majors, he surrendered six home runs in the Brewers 15-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. In the process, he became the ninth pitcher in MLB history to give up six home runs in a game. It was also the most home runs given up in a game by a Brewers pitcher in team history.
Five of the nine times where a pitcher gave up six home runs in a MLB game happened prior to 1941. The other four times have now happened after 2000. The three times previous to Blazek were Tim Wakefield in 2004, R.A. Dickey in 2006 and James Shields in 2010.
Blazek was the 104th pitcher in major league history to give up five or more homers in a game. It happened three times last season: Zach Greinke (Arizona vs. the Dodgers), Jason Hammel (Cubs vs. Mets) and Chris Young (Kansas City vs. the Yankees). There have been five pitchers who surrendered five or more home runs in multiple games: Clay Buchholz, Jeff Weaver, Josh Beckett, Pat Hentgen and Tim Wakefield.
Blazek is the sixth Brewers pitcher to allow five or more HRs in a game. The others: Mike Caldwell (1980), Jeff D’Amico (1996), Valerio De Los Santos (2000), Andrew Lorraine (2202) and Randy Wolf (2010).
Here’s a trivia question for today (the answer will appear at the end of this column)… Can you name the youngest and oldest players to hit a home run for the Brewers?
Last night top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston Red Sox player to hit a home run in more than 50 years at age 20 years and 275 days. In case you were wondering, the youngest player ever to hit an HR in a major league game was Tommy Brown on August 20, 1945. Brown was 17 years, 257 days old when he homered that day for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Since 2000, the youngest player to hit a home run in the majors was Jurickson Profar of Texas. He was 19 years and 195 days when he hit his long ball on September 2, 2012.
Now to answer the above trivia question… if you answered Robin Yount and Hank Aaron, you know your Brewers trivia. Yount was 18-209 when he hit his first homer for the Brewers. Aaron was 42-166 when he hit his last HR for the Brew Crew.
Here’s a look at the six youngest and six oldest Brewers to ever hit a home run for the team.
Youngest (Years-Days) Robin Yount 18-209 Darrell Porter 19-240 Gary Sheffield 19-296 Sixto Lezcano 20-296 Prince Fielder 21-047 Yovani Gallardo 21-174
Oldest (Years-Days) Hank Aaron 42-166 Rick Dempsey 41-342 Craig Counsell 41-013 Jim Edmonds 40-029 Jim Gantner 39-222 Dave Parker 39-093
Brewers’ pitcher Zach Davies got the win last night in the team’s 8-0 win over Washington. Davies pitched 7.2 innings and obviously gave up no runs/earned runs in the contest.
It was the third game this season (and second consecutive game) that Davies pitched seven or more innings in a game without giving up an earned run. He became the third Brewers pitcher this year to have three or more games with seven or more innings pitched and no earned runs; Chase Anderson has four such games this season and Jimmy Nelson has three. It is the first time since 2011 that three Brewers pitchers have three or more games with seven innings pitched and no earned runs in a game. That 2011 team had four pitchers that reached these numbers: Yovani Galardo (five games), Chris Narveson (4), Shaun Marcum (4) and Randy Wolf (3).
The Brewers record for most games pitched with seven or more innings pitched and no earned runs surrendered in a season is six. That mark is held by eight different pitchers: Ben Sheets (2004), Jeff D’Amico (2000), Cal Eldred (1992), Chris Bosio (1989), Mike Caldwell (1978), Jim Slaton (1974), Jim Colborn (1973) and Marty Pattin (1971).
Jim Slaton holds the Brewers record for most career games pitched with seven or more innings pitched and no earned runs with 27. He is followed by Yovani Gallardo with 23. Davies became the 25th pitcher in team history to have six career games with seven or more innings pitched and no earned runs.
If Brewers fans are wondering how their team has so quickly lost the 5.5 game lead they had at the All-Star break, there is a simple answer…
… since the All-Star break, the Brewers are 3-7. In the three games they won, they scored 9, 9 and 3 runs (an average of 7 per game). In the seven games they lost they scored a total of 15 runs, an average of 2.1 per game.
Since July 1, the Brew Crew is 10-9. In those 19 teams, the Brewers are 1-9 in games when they scored three runs or less and 9-0 in games when they scored four or more runs.
This date in baseball: Thirty-four years ago today is when the infamous George Brett “Pine Tar Bat” incident took place in a game between the Royals and Yankees. Do you know who the starting pitcher for the Yankees was in that game?
If you answered Racine native Shane Rawley, you win!