Posted by John Autin on August 30, 2011
-- Tim Lincecum's streak of 9 straight starts with at least 6 IP and no more than 2 runs allowed dissolved in an unprecedented fashion. In his 150th career start, Lincecum allowed the Cubs 5 runs on 3 HRs in 6+ IP -- the first time he's ever yielded more than 2 dingers.
- The Giants lost, 7-0, collecting 2 hits, just 1 from the starting lineup. They've lost 3 of 5 at home to the worst teams in the league, and are 5 games behind the streaking D-backs, who won their 6th straight behind Daniel Hudson.
-- Clayton Kershaw went the distance for his 17th win; he's the first Dodger to reach that mark since Chan Ho Park in 2000. Kershaw also leapfrogged Lincecum for #2 in the NL ERA chase at 2.45. (Seems about time for a dedicated blog post....)
-- Alex Gordon led KC's 9-5 win over Detroit with 4 hits and his 19th HR. Gordon is batting .305 and slugging .506. No qualifying Royals OF since Carlos Beltran (2003) has had the .300/.500 combo, and only 3 other OFs have ever done that for KC -- Jermaine Dye, Danny Tartabull and Al Cowens.
-- Jose Bautista hit his 38th HR to regain a share of the MLB lead and move closer to joining Carlos Delgado as the only Blue Jays ever with consecutive 40-HR seasons. Toronto beat the Rays, 7-3, a loss that put them 7.5 games behind in the wild-card race.
- Johnny Damon hit 2 HRs, passing Garrett Anderson and Roberto Clemente on the career extra-base hits list, now tied with Juan Gonzalez at #76.
- The Yanks take a lot of heat for their lavish spending, but Garcia and Bartolo Colon have a combined salary of $2.4 million this year, and about 5.5 combined Wins Above Replacement.
-- With 2 doubles, Ichiro Suzuki notched his 2nd multi-XBH game this season. He began the day tied with Juan Pierre for the worst isolaTed Power (SLG minus BA) of any qualifying OF this year, at .053; only Willy Taveras and Pierre himself have posted lower ISO marks this century.