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CC serves up 5 HRs

Posted by John Autin on August 12, 2011

Friday in the Bronx, 5 different Rays ripped a solo HR off CC Sabathia in his 8 IP.

In 347 career starts before Friday, Sabathia had never allowed more than 3 HRs. The most he'd given up in his last 143 starts was 2 HRs. He'd yielded just 8 HRs in his first 25 starts this year (2 in 12 home games), and no more than 1 in any game.

The Yankees as a team had not allowed 5 HRs in a game since a May 2010 win over Boston. For the Rays, it was 1 shy of their club record for HRs in a game, last done in May 2010. (That game is most notable as the only time since 1998 that Mariano Rivera allowed 2 HRs.)

Sabathia is the 2nd pitcher this year to serve 5 HRs in a game (Sean O'Sullivan did it back in May).

He's the 13th pitcher since 1919 to allow 5+ runs all on solo HRs; none did it with more than 5:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA WPA RE24 aLI
1 Justin Lehr 2009-09-16 CIN HOU W 6-5 GS-5 5.0 11 5 5 1 6 5 99 67 30 26 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 9.00 -0.363 -2.511 1.120
2 Ismael Valdez 2000-06-11 CHC CHW W 6-5 GS-6 5.2 10 5 5 2 6 5 106 69 33 29 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.94 -0.190 -1.470 .950
3 Mark Thompson 1998-04-19 (1) COL ATL L 3-5 GS-3 ,L 3.0 7 5 5 0 2 5 62 35 27 15 14 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.00 -0.257 -3.144 .601
4 Tim Wakefield 1996-09-15 BOS CHW W 9-8 GS-6 6.0 6 5 5 2 6 5 104 67 44 27 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.50 -0.153 -1.354 .830
5 Bill Gullickson 1987-06-25 CIN SFG L 6-7 GS-6 6.0 7 5 5 0 3 5 41 26 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7.50 -0.220 -2.094 .849
6 Mike Caldwell 1980-05-31 MIL BOS W 19-8 GS-4 3.1 6 5 5 1 1 5 28 15 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 13.50 -0.148 -3.153 .520
7 Steve Stone 1974-07-09 CHC CIN L 5-8 GS-3 ,L 2.1 5 5 5 1 1 5 27 13 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.29 -0.315 -3.827 .495
8 Don Sutton 1973-05-07 LAD PIT L 4-5 GS-7 ,L 6.2 11 5 5 2 3 5 33 30 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6.75 -0.346 -1.960 1.467
9 Denny McLain 1971-06-16 WSA OAK L 1-5 GS-3 ,L 3.0 5 5 5 0 5 5 34 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.00 -0.374 -3.731 .466
10 Gary Bell 1962-04-29 (2) CLE MIN L 3-7 GS-6 ,L 6.0 9 5 5 0 7 5 41 28 27 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.50 -0.344 -2.121 1.066
11 Warren Hacker 1954-08-11 CHC CIN L 1-8 GS-6 ,L 5.0 6 5 5 2 3 5 36 23 21 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 -0.155 -2.399 .640
12 Preacher Roe 1953-09-01 BRO STL W 12-5 CG 9 ,W 9.0 9 5 5 1 3 5 117 78 51 35 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5.00 0.115 0.004 .475
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Sabathia also tied the live-ball Yankee record for most HRs in a game:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA WPA RE24 aLI
1 David Wells 2003-07-04 NYY BOS L 3-10 GS-6 ,L 5.2 10 8 8 2 5 5 100 72 20 29 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 12.71 -0.464 -5.041 .745
2 Jeff Weaver 2002-07-21 NYY BOS W 9-8 GS-7 7.0 10 8 8 2 4 5 112 71 27 31 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10.29 -0.515 -4.194 .975
3 Ron Guidry 1985-09-17 NYY DET L 1-9 GS-6 ,L 6.0 8 7 7 2 3 5 29 28 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.50 -0.310 -3.933 .353
4 John Cumberland 1970-05-24 (2) NYY CLE W 8-7 GS-6 6.0 8 6 6 1 3 5 34 27 25 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 -0.329 -3.101 .575
5 Joe Ostrowski 1950-06-22 NYY CLE L 2-6 CG 8 ,L 8.0 9 6 6 0 5 5 45 32 32 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75 -0.224 -1.570 .634
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(Check out Joe Ostrowski's page and tell me that photo wasn't taken the very day he allowed 5 HRs in his 1st Yankee start.)

The HRs off Sabathia were hit by 5 different batters, only one of whom had more than 9 HRs at the time: Casey Kotchman (8th), Kelly Shoppach (7th), Johnny Damon (10th), Elliot Johnson (4th) and Evan Longoria (18th of the year, 100th of his career). The first 3 all came in the 3rd inning. Longoria is now 12 for 36 with 4 HRs against CC.

But in case you're wondering ... no, I'm not reading any meaning into this 2nd straight bad game by Sabathia. It wasn't that bad, actually -- 5 runs on 10 hits in 8 IP, with no walks and 7 Ks. Heck, on a lot of his pinstriped nights, CC would have gotten the win; he has won once in each of the last 3 seasons when allowing 5 runs.

P.S. In the first table above, note the Preacher Roe game, the only win for any of the pitchers listed here: Two HRs by Steve Bilko (check out his PCL numbers from 1955-57); one of two career HRs by Harry Elliott; the 15th HR of the year by rookie Rip Repulski; and one by Stan Musial.

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42 Responses to “CC serves up 5 HRs”

  1. And CC wasn't even the worst of the 5-HRs-allowed pitchers tonight:
    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=310812115

  2. @1.

    Only the second time two pitchers have allowed 5 HRs on the same day.

    First time was Sep 21, 1996, by Dave Telgehder (OAK vs. SEA) and Jeff D'Amico (MIL vs. DET). D'Amico got the win, allowing 6 ER on 8 hits over 6 innings.

  3. Of 86 pitchers (including tonight) to allow 5 HRs in a game, only ones to do it twice are Pat Hengten, Tim Wakefield and Jeff Weaver.

    HOFers who've done it: Waite Hoyt, Warren Spahn, Don Sutton, Jim Palmer, Dennis Eckersley and Bert Blyleven.

    Player whose name best matches this performance: Sloppy Thurston allowing 6 HR on Aug 13, 1932 in a CG win for the Dodgers over the Giants.

  4. Steve Stone allowed 5 HR while facing only 13 batters for the Cubs in 1974.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN197407090.shtml

    George Caster allowed 6 HR while facing only 17 batters for the As in 1940.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHA/PHA194009241.shtml

  5. Stone and McLain are two of only four pitchers who have given up five homers and no other hits (there were none with more than five). McLain is the only one to have the homers be the only baserunners he allowed. Amazingly he also struck out five in his three innings! His pitching line of 3 5 5 5 0 5 5 is a truly weird one.

    Hough's game on 6/24/89 has the record for most Ks in a 5+ HR game with 9! All 5 of the hits Hough gave up in 7.2 innings were homers. Another really weird line!

  6. Dick Drago gave up 1 homer in his four inning complete game loss facing only 13 batters. 7/30/1971

  7. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    @ 1 JA,

    Are trying to give informative and concise, up to the minute data, without mentioning Z's name, so not to have P's rebuttal?

    By the way, supposedly (this from the Mets broadcast booth [Gary and Ron] tonight) but after Zambrano's big meltdown, he cleared out his locker and unofficially (to the delight of many) retired from the Cubs.
    I think we should hold off on any hasty conclusions and wait to hear from the Z himself oncer he realizes he won't be getting paid after his retirement.
    Also, as our very own personal BIG Z guru, Timmy P. has often pointed out to the less astute, Zambrano's preternatural speed, which is usually on display on the field, is probably proportional to his decision making abilities. Quick, though, does not always = good.

  8. @7, Duke -- The biggest shock in that report is that Bigggg Z apparently skipped the postgame buffet en route to his life after baseball. Normally, he takes his cuts at the spread from both sides of the plate.

  9. Nice digging, everyone.

  10. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    Wow!
    I haven't heard (or saw) "they call me" Ismael Valdez's name in a while.
    I remember the Dodgers had what appeared to be (at the time) the better Martinez brother, Hideo Nomo (when he still was a SO machine) and two 21 year old potential studs in Ismael and Chan Ho Park.
    Its a shame that neither made the impact I thought they would.
    The story I heard about Valdez, was that he was hated by teammates. Even the normally chill Mike Piazza called him out for using a calculator in between innings to readjust his ERA.
    From 1994-1999 he had a 3.38 ERA and from 2000-05, his ERA was 5.00.

  11. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    I'm sorry JA, there were several slices of bologna and other lunchmeats suspiciously absent after BIG Z stormed out. Maybe you haven't heard, but a guy named Tim can tell you, Z's fast, even to the buffet. So fast, he once went physically through Harey Carey Sr to get at some cheeZe whiZ and ritZ crackerZ

  12. @6, Eorns -- The McLain game featured Joe Rudi's only multi-HR game from 1970-74, and the 2nd straight multi-HR game by Mike Epstein; for both players, it was the only time they ever homered off McLain.

    Also, it was Vida Blue's 4th straight CG win and left him at 14-2, 1.42 on the season, while McLain came out at 4-12.

    But my favorite factlet from that game: In both the 1st and 3rd innings, Reggie Jackson sandwiched strikeouts between Rudi/Epstein HRs.

  13. John Autin Says:

    @4, Doug -- The fewest batters faced in a 4-HR start was 6, by Catfish Hunter in 1977 against the Bosox. Burleson, Lynn, Fisk and Scott all took him deep in the 1st inning in Fenway.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS197706170.shtml

    -- The fewest batters faced in any 4-HR game was 5, by Pat Mahomes (presciently dubbed "Mahomers" during his early Mets tenure by my buddy Mike) in 2001, pitching for Texas in Toronto.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TOR/TOR200108170.shtml

    That would have been a fun game to be at: A-Rod and Palmeiro hit back-to-back HRs in the 1st. The Jays grabbed the lead in the 5th, and built it up early in the 6th. Then Mahomes came on and served HRs to Jeff Frye and Julio Cruz, Jr., and after a flyout, two more to Shannon Stewart and Carlos Delgado. In the 7th, Frye singled to complete his cycle; he hit .246 that year with 1 triple and 2 HRs. And A-Rod went deep again in the 8th to cap the scoring.

  14. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    This just in from the Zambrano disappearance:

    The Curse of the 2007 Cy Young

    In 2007, San Diego’s - Jake Peavy – won the NL pitching Triple Crown and the Cy Young award unanimously, just the 11th time since the Cy Young has been awarded, becoming just the 9th pitcher to win the NL Cy Young Award unanimously. Roger Clemens is the only pitcher - not- to win unanimously after a TC, (someone voted for Randy Myers that year).
    Voters usually fill out the rest of, or some of the ballot, allotting some prestige on other pitchers. That year, the year of the curse, 8 other unlucky pitchers drew votes (only Brandon Webb seriously - at 58%, no one else even topped 10%), but the entire group, Peavy included, seems to have been struck by a curse since that 2007 vote.
    In the 4 year interim since the vote (08-11), the unlucky 9 (including Peavy), have won a combined 233 MLB games, or 25.88 each. This, over a 4 year span, is an average of 6 wins per pitcher per year.
    So you say Valverde is a closer and still effective? Big deal. Lets take out his 14 wins. 219 wins spread over 8 players in 4 years. It still comes to 6.8 wins a year for the rest. Almost every pitcher ran into some calamity or malady or injury and has not preformed nearly as well, or performed at all, since the infamous 2007 vote.
    Here are the unlucky 9, with first, the % of votes received that year, than the win total from 08-present.
    Jake Peavy (SDP) -100% -31
    Brandon Webb (ARI) -59% - 22
    Brad Penny (LAD) – 9% -27
    Aaron Harang (CIN) -6% - 29
    Carlos Zambrano (CHC) 2% - 43
    Cole Hamels (PHI) – 1% -49
    John Smoltz (ATL) – 1%- 6
    Jose Valverde (ARI) -1% -14
    Jeff Francis (COL) – !%- 12

    It seems obvious the curse has caught Zambrano. Landed squarely on his back. Now he will exit stage left along with Smoltz, Webb, Francis, and after this season, possibly Penny and Peavy. Though, Hamels and Harang (three straight seasons of 4 wins) are having very good seasons, let Zambrano show there should be caution.
    Caution if your name ended up on the cursed 2007 ballot.
    What else could drive a semi-sociopathic millionaire prone to uncontrolable rage and silly antics to retire during a huge contract?

    In contrast, the 2007 American league ballot had these guys.

    CC Sabatia (CLE) – 73
    Josh Beckett (BOS) – 44
    John Lackey (LAA) – 47
    Faustina Carbona (CLE) – 31
    Erick Bedard (BAL) – 15
    Roy Halladay (TOR) – 73
    Johan Santana (MIN) – 40
    Justin Verlander – 65

  15. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    JA,
    You have the wrong link on your second entry... the Mahomers one.

  16. John Autin Says:

    @15, Duke -- Thanks for the heads-up. I've corrected the link.

  17. John Autin Says:

    Duke -- I see that Hamels lost tonight. Could it be the beginning of the end?!?

    P.S. As entertaining as your narrative is, it seems to lack a motive, or at least a MacGuffin. Why were those 9 cursed? Was a more deserving candidate utterly snubbed in the voting? Did they all have bonus clauses for getting CYA votes? Had they all watched Geraldo's historic unsealing of Al Capone's vault?

  18. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Link to the other 15 games in which a team has scored five runs while hitting five homers. The Rays have done it once before; the Yankees have had it done to them once before.

  19. @13

    I wasn't at the Mahomes game, but did watch it on TV. What I remember is Frye's "cycle-plus" being turned into a cycle. It was a gapper to right-center that should have been a double, but the first-base coach succeeded in getting Frye to stop so that his double was turned into a single, and a cycle - the opposite of Sam Fuld's game against Boston early this year.

  20. John Autin Says:

    @18, Kahuna -- Thanks for the extra data. (As a minor point, they're not all "other" games; some are also on the 1st list above -- e.g., HOU-CIN, OAK-WSA, perhaps others.)

  21. John Autin Says:

    @19, Doug -- I wondered about that when I saw that Frye only needed the single, and the PBP said, "Line drive to CF-RF."

    To me, that kind of gamesmanship kind of sullies the achievement, but I'm probably a minority opinion.

  22. John Autin Says:

    Self-correction to Kahuna -- I think I misunderstood your use of "other" games. You were just completing a certain report. I get it now.

  23. [...] Autin has all you need to know about the Rays Han Solo’ing Sabathia five times last [...]

  24. [...] (6.92 ERA) and the newly retired (?) Carlos Zambrano (4.82 ERA). Sabathia tied the Yankee record for most home runs allowed in one game (Live Ball Era edition), yet he still last seven [...]

  25. Saw the first two homers. Had to go do something. Came back and it was 4-1. CC always seems to get 1 or 2 runs of support or 10 or 12. Anyway, then Longoria homered and the broadcast team was all, "and that's the fifth solo homer," and I was like geez. Knew a blog post was coming because that's gotta be rare.

    Somewhere in July I noticed that CC's HR% was way low this year. He has since started to give up a few in recent starts and then last night...

    Fine. Fix your HR% all in one start, CC. All good.

    CC usually has his worst stretch sometime in the first third of the season. Not this year. That's fine. But it's been a weird year for the big guy. Struggles against Boston, against whom he has been fine for his career and pretty good as a Yankee. A second serious flirtation with single-game greatness interrupted by rain twice. Five solo homers. Looks like his shot at the Cy Young in 2011 is gone unless he gets back on a run and Weaver and Verlander get pounded a few times.

    P.S. I know I've seen it somewhere before but I don't remember the record for the most consecutive starts resulting in a decision. At the very least I'd be interested in the longest streak of decisions since the DH era or so. After NDs in 3 of his first 4 starts CC has recorded the decision every start since then.

  26. Fireworks, re: consecutive decisions --

    Since I don't have the patience right now to run a full Streak Finder, here are some season records for Decisions = Games (at the modern pitching distance):

    All-time: 45, Dummy Taylor, 1901 Giants (18-27, 43 GS, 2 GF)

    Live-ball: 39, Burleigh Grimes, 1923 (21-18, 38 GS, 1 GF)

    Last with 20+: 26, Lum Harris, 1942 Athletics (11-15, 20 GS, 5 GF)

    Expansion era: 16, Gary Nolan, 1969 Reds (8-8, 15 GS)

    Expansion era, Decisions within 1 of Games: 40/41, Gaylord Perry, 1972 Cleveland (24-16, 40 GS)

    Gaylord's '72 season, as you may know, ranks 15th all-time in Wins Above Replacement at the modern distance, and has only been topped once since then (Gooden '85).

  27. Cracks in the foundation.... beginning of the end for CC.

  28. Wirh Verlander allowing three earned runs in his last win, a good, but human, effort, and CC getting shelled a bit, Jered Weaver can pull ahead slightly in the Cy Young by dominating the punchless Blue Jays and Ricky Romero this afternoon.

    Jays' line-up does not include Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista, or Aaron Hill, all healthy scratches.

    My point is, if ever there was a certainty of a low-hit game for Weaver, today is the day.

    But baseball being the strange game that it is, maybe the baseball gods have determined that Weaver will get pounded in a most unlikely scenario.

  29. John Autin Says:

    P.S. to #26 re: decisions in consecutive starts --

    CC's streak of 22 straight decisions is the 3rd-longest since 2006. Roy Halladay (2008-09) and Tim Wakefield (2007) both had streaks of 26 starts with a decision.

  30. John Autin Says:

    @28, Neil L. -- Biased though I am, and even though it's silly to quibble about position with 1/4 of the season still to go, my Tigers pride requires that I refute your premise that Weaver would pull ahead in the AL CYA horse race with a strong outing today.

    Although a shutout today would increase Weaver's lead in ERA and perhaps even nudge him ahead in WAR, Verlander would still have a solid lead over Weaver in Wins, IP, Ks and K/9, WHIP, H/9, and (strictly from a predictive viewpoint) "buzz."

  31. John Autin Says:

    (There goes Weaver's shutout....)

  32. @30-31
    JA, John McDonald driving in Rajai Davs off the master, Jared Weaver, for the third earned run in three innings. What an unlikely sequence of events!

    No matter what happens the rest of the way, Weaver is not going to be completely spotless today.

    WRT your post @30, JA, isn't it a given that Cy Young voters mainly weight ERA and win-loss record over most of the finer statistical details of pitching effectiveness? CC still has an excellent chance, of course.

  33. John Autin Says:

    @32, Neil -- I would not say "mainly" ERA and W-L record. Strikeouts and IP play a role.

    Consider the 2009 NL CYA vote: Carpenter (17-4, 2.24) had a better record and ERA than Lincecum (15-7, 2.48). But Lincecum had 33 more IP and 117 more Ks than Carpenter, and he won the award in a close 3-man race.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/awards_2009.shtml#NLcya

  34. John Autin Says:

    Weaver doubled his season high by allowing 8 runs today (all earned). It also matched his career high in runs. And it ended his streaks of 49 straight games of 5+ IP and 32 straight games of 6+ IP.

    And may I add, it was about time that Lind hit his 20th HR. He's been ice-cold for 2 weeks, with 2 RBI & 2 Runs in his previous 14 games and just 1 walk (intentional).

  35. JA, yes, nice catch on Lind being a Snow-Cone at the plate the last little while.

    A quick calculation shows that Jared Weaver's ERA increased by 14% today in 4.2 IP. Regression to the mean will get you every time whether you're Rivera, Sabathia, or Weaver.

    Interesting how both C.C. and Jared have landed with a thud in their last outings in the midst of the dog days of August.

    Gee, I guess I put the hex on Mr. Weaver with that post @28. :-)

  36. Johnny Twisto Says:

    . Looks like his shot at the Cy Young in 2011 is gone</i?

    Well, let's just wait to see what the NY media has to say, oKay?

  37. @26 and consecutive decisions

    Another other expansion-era mark of decisions within 1 of appearances.

    Denny McLain for the Senators in 1971. 32 decisions in 33 appearances (incl. 32 starts). The one "missed" decision was in a 2-inning start that the Senators won (hence, McLain was ineligible for the decision). McLain went 10-22 and would pitch his last MLB game just a year later, at age 28.

  38. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    You may have mentioned this in your Saturday recap, John. Tim Stauffer gave up five homers in three innings to the Reds. The Padres bullpen gave up two more. The seven homers allowed tied a franchise record. I believe the Reds scored all 13 of their runs on home runs — probably not a record, but probably fairly close. Time for me to get on the Play Index and check.

  39. @38, Kahuna -- Alas, I couldn't quite stir up enough material for a satisfactory Recap last night, even with Stauffer becoming the 3rd pitcher in 2 days to allow 5 HRs.

  40. I think I'm a little depressed about my Mets; after a 3-6 homestand and now 2 more losses, it feels as though this 10-game road trip is the "other-shoe-dropping" trip that they'll never come back from.

  41. @40

    JA, back off of the ledge. Sandy Alderson will right the ship and steer the Mets back to respectability.

  42. John Autin Says:

    Neil, I do have a lot of faith in Alderson. And I think Terry Collins has done a very good job; I like him much more than I expected to.

    I'm just not sure they can overcome the foundation-built-on-an-Indian-burial-ground curse that the Wilpons carry.