Posted by John Autin on August 31, 2011
-- Ramon Santiago pinch-ran in the 8th, stayed in the game, and won it for Detroit with a HR in the 10th, his first-ever walk-off shot.
- It was the 3rd HR this year by a player who also pinch-ran. The others:
|1||David Cooper||2011-05-10||TOR||BOS||W 7-6||2||1||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.428||1.152||3.240||1||PR 1B|
|2||Eric Patterson||2011-05-03||SDP||PIT||W 6-5||3||2||1||2||0||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.329||2.442||1.987||2||PR 2B|
-- Roy Halladay came into this game with no RBI in 58 ABs this year, then hit a 3-run double. He got his 16th win (7 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits), snapping a 2-start winless "streak."
- The last time Halladay went 3 straight starts without a win was June 10-20 of last year.
-- How often do you see a line like CC Sabathia put up tonight in New York's 5-2 win? -- 6 IP, 10 Ks, 10 hits (with a HR and 2 doubles), 2 walks. The last game of 6 IP or less with double-figures in both Ks and hits was in 2007, by Brandon Webb.
- In the 2nd, Carl Crawford did something he'd only done once in 68 prior PAs against Sabathia: He drew a walk. In his next trip, he did something he'd never done before, taking CC deep.
- The BoSox left 16 men on base, going 2 for 13 with RISP, one of which did not lead to a run.
- At 3 hours, 59 minutes, it was the longest regulation game of the year for Boston, and the 2nd-longest for the Yankees (after their walk-filled, salami-stuffed 22-9 defeat of Oakland).
-- Catch us if you can! Arizona leads 9-3 in the 8th, seeking their season-best 8th straight win.
- The D-backs had allowed 1 run or less in 5 straight games, tying a franchise mark, and 6 total runs in the 7-game win streak. Texas has this year's longest streak allowing 1 run or less, 6 games in July.
-- If only we could: The Giants trail Chicago 5-1 in the 7th. Carlos Beltran is 0-3, stranding 3 RISP with 2 out. The Giants are looking down the barrel of a 6-game deficit.
-- With 2 HRs tonight, Mike Trout (20 years and 23 days old) became the youngest with a multi-HR game since Andruw Jones in 1996. Since 1965, Jones and Junior Griffey are the only players younger than Trout with 2 HRs in a game.
- Trout, the youngest hitter in the AA Texas League this year, was among the leaders in BA, OBP and SLG, tied for 1st with 13 triples, and 3rd with 33 SB.
-- The .242 BA may hide the historic nature of Carlos Santana's season. With a 121 OPS+ (before his 21st HR tonight), he would be the 9th catcher ever with a qualifying OPS+ of at least 120 within his first 2 seasons. And only 4 other catchers have had a year of 20 HRs and a .350 OBP within their first 2 years.
-- Prince Fielder made his 13th error, 3 more than any other 1B this year, contributing a 2-run Cardinals inning a 2-1 game.
-- Mike Stanton forged into a 3-way for the NL HR lead, bombing his 31st into the "oppo" upper deck in New Shea.
-- Matt Wieters might never justify being taken with the #5 overall pick in 2007, but a young catcher with a 105 OPS+ (before tonight's HR) who negates the running game is a valuable piece. Wieters has thrown out 40% of would-be thieves, and the O's have allowed just 65 SB, best in the AL. His hitting has improved this year; he's cut his K rate and upped his SLG by about 50 points. He doesn't have to produce the superstar slashes he had in the minors (.343/.438/.576) to be a very good MLB player, but those numbers do give hope for continued improvement.