The Weirdest Things to Happen in Baseball Last Season

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An MLB calendar of oddball occurrences

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Baseball is filled with amazing statistics, bizarre coincidences and lots of oddball occurrences. Last season was no exception, so we pulled together the best of the best and put them into this handy Calendar of MLB Weirdness. Enjoy!

APRIL

April 6 Carlos Pena, who was a combined 4-for-46 off CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera, belts a grand slam off the former and the game-ending hit against the latter.

April 7 Prince Fielder hits his 232nd home run in his 1,000th game — exactly the same number poppa Cecil had in his first 1,000 games.

April 7 Ronny Paulino goes 4-for-4 in his Orioles debut, making him 13-for-17 in his initial starts with his four teams.

April 7 Jordan Schafer, who wasn’t yet born when Jamie Moyer allowed his first leadoff home run, tags Moyer for a leadoff home run.

April 8 For the first time in 46 years, the Yankees and Red Sox both start 0–3.

April 10 Yu Darvish is the first pitcher since 1910 to win a major league debut despite allowing at least four first-inning runs.

April 11 Jonny Gomes absorbs a walk-off hit-by-pitch in extra innings for the second season in a row.

April 13 The White Sox remain unbeaten in eight tries at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday the 13ths.

April 17 The Cardinals manufacture a walk-off run in the 10th against the Reds without an official at-bat (walk, sac bunt, intentional walk, walk sac fly).

April 18 Bartolo Colon throws 38 straight strikes during his eight shutout innings of the Angels.

April 19 Six batters into their game, the Astros already have lashed three triples in the same inning for the first time in their history.

April 20 The Blue Jays (who hadn’t turned one in 33 years) turn a triple play against the Royals (who hadn’t hit into one in 33 years).

April 20 Two of the four Red Sox pitchers (Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett) ever to allow five home runs in a game do so in a span of 12 days.

April 26 The Mets beat the Marlins in walk-off fashion after fielding a starting lineup consisting entirely of homegrown talent for the first time in 40 years.

MAY

May 2 Two 40-year-olds — Chipper Jones and Jason Giambi — stroke walk-off home runs on the same day.

May 5 Twenty-eight games into their season, the Angels finally get a home run from a first baseman — Mark Trumbo, not Albert Pujols.

May 8 A foul ball bounces into the cup of a Padres fan, who chugs his beer before removing it.

May 8 After not stealing a base in his first 219 major league games, catcher John Baker swipes one in the seventh and eighth innings.

May 8 Rod Barajas (hitting .127) and Brandon Inge (.128) rise up for walk-off home runs.

May 11 Brandon Inge (recently claimed off waivers by Oakland after starting 2-for-20 in Detroit) drives in exactly four runs for the fourth time in five games, giving him 16 RBIs on five hits.

May 18 The Elias Sports Bureau points out that Kevin Millwood is the third pitcher this season (following Barry Zito and Jerome Williams) to throw a shutout at least eight years after his previous one — something that had happened only once in the previous half-century.

May 20 All 15 of Max Scherzer’s strikeouts in seven innings against the Pirates are swinging.

May 21 Jamie Moyer pitches in his 50th different ballpark.

May 24 Michael Bourn’s three home runs in his last 11 at-bats are one more than he’d hit in his previous 925.

May 27 For the second time this month, a team’s only five hits are solo home runs.

May 28 For just the fifth time in history (but the second time in nine days), a pitcher (Chris Sale, duplicating Max Scherzer’s feat) strikes out 15 batters and allows as few as five base runners in a start of 7.1 innings or less.

May 29 Reds third baseman Todd Frazier saves the life of a restaurant patron with the Heimlich maneuver, then hacks up a double and a triple in a win over the Pirates.

JUNE

June 6 On a day they play each other, the Brewers and Cubs each draft their manager’s son.

June 12 The Giants’ 16-game streak without a home run at home — the longest in baseball since 1983 — is ended by a pitcher, Madison Bumgarner.

June 13 Of the night’s four shutouts, three are by a 1–0 score and the other is Matt Cain’s perfect game.

June 13 Bryce Harper’s camp applies for a patent on the phrase, “That’s a clown question, bro.”

June 15 Drew Hutchison is the third pitcher in the same turn through the Toronto rotation to land on the DL after a mid-game injury, two of which are season-ending.

June 17 Two games last 15 innings just one day after two had extended to 14, marking the first time in history there were a pair of at least that length on successive days.

June 24 Waiver claim Brooks Conrad collects as many hits (three) and just one fewer RBIs (five) in his first 10 innings as a Ray as he did in 25 games as a Brewer.

June 24 The White Sox must remove Brent Lillibridge in the 10th inning because he’s just been traded to Boston, and the player who replaces him (Eduardo Escobar) lines a walk-off single. 

June 27 Daniel Murphy, after not homering in 103 games over nearly 50 weeks, takes Cubs pitchers deep in consecutive innings.

June 27 The Yankees put 428 career pitching victories (Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia) on the DL on the same day.

June 27 The Dodgers are shut out by the Giants for the third straight day, making it the first time in the 129-year history of the franchise they failed to score in a three-game series.

June 27 The Diamondbacks suspend TV play-by-play man Deron Sutton, reportedly for refusing to wear the team’s logo shirt instead of a suit on air.

JULY

July 1 The Dodgers end a streak of 66 innings in which they never lead.

July 2 Two consecutive Pirates clank home runs off the right field foul pole at PNC Park.

July 9 Home Run Derby captains Matt Kemp and Robinson Cano combine to clear the fence one time in the annual competition.

July 13 Zack Greinke is the first pitcher since 1917 to start three consecutive games for his team, yet he pitches a total of only eight innings while allowing 10 runs. (Later, he misses his next start due to fatigue.)

July 21 On the same day the Cardinals score all 12 of their runs against the Cubs in one inning, the Pirates become the first team in 14 years to tally four times in an inning without a hit.

July 21 Starting pitchers Matt Cain and Cole Hamels take each other deep in the same inning.

July 22 The A’s make it eight walk-off wins in their last 16 home games.

July 23 One day after losing by five runs in extra innings, the Mets lose by six runs in extra innings.

July 24 Cliff Lee, a former AL leader in lowest home run frequency, becomes the first starter in 24 years to serve up four in one game after the sixth inning.

July 25 Tommy Hanson, who throws 108 pitches in five innings against the Marlins, allows three hits (all doubles — two of them leadoff), seven walks, seven stolen bases — and one run.

July 25 The Phillies complete a three-game sweep of the Brewers, with each victory by a 7–6 score.

July 30 On their 17th try, the Braves finally win a game on a Monday, ending a streak that had lasted nearly a full year.

AUGUST

Aug. 1 The Mets fail to score during an inning in which they draw three walks, get hit by a pitch and steal three bases.

Aug. 1 A Daytona Cubs intern is ejected from the game for playing “Three Blind Mice” over the PA system after a questionable call.

Aug. 2 Padres catcher Eddy Rodriguez, who was hitting .223 with 100 strikeouts in 87 Class-A games, not only homers in his first big-league at-bat, but also does it against Johnny Cueto, who had not allowed one to a right-handed hitter in 169 innings.

Aug. 3 The brothers Upton, B.J. and Justin, hit their 100th home runs within less than an hour of each other.

Aug. 5 On the day Oakland’s streak of 10 straight one-run wins concludes, the Orioles extend theirs to 10.

Aug. 6 Ichiro hits safely in his first dozen games as a Yankee, with exactly one knock in each contest.

Aug. 9 Joaquin Benoit surrenders his ninth hit since the All-Star break, seven of which are home runs.

Aug. 10 The same fan — a 15-year-old who lives in the United Arab Emirates — catches both of Manny Machado’s first two major league home runs.

Aug. 11 After not having a walk-off win all year, with 131 of them by other teams in the interim, the Astros celebrate one for the second straight day.

Aug. 15 Houston’s Jose Altuve singles three times, each followed by a Marwin Gonzalez double play.

Aug. 17 The Seattle pitching staff’s streak of 42 consecutive retired batters — the game’s longest in 38 years — concludes.

Aug. 19 Immediately after being “perfect gamed” by Felix Hernandez, the Rays set a team record for a four-game series by scoring 37 runs against the Angels.

Aug. 25 Carlos Quentin sets the single-season hit-by-pitch record for a second franchise in back-to-back years.

Aug. 29 Shelley Duncan ends his career in Cleveland having posted exactly 11 home runs and 29 runs scored in each of his three seasons there.

Aug. 31 The Rays conclude August having lost 12 of 14 one-run games since Friday the 13th in July, and as the first AL team since 1955 to drop four 1–0 contests in a calendar month.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1 After no game in more than a year had ended with an outfielder gunning down the tying run at the plate, Toronto and Tampa Bay do it to each other on back-to-back nights.

Sept. 1 Adrian Beltre is now batting .500 over his last 10 games, four of which have been hitless.

Sept. 4 White Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise enters a game in the fifth inning of an eventual 18–9 loss to the Twins. Before he’s through, he not only cracks the sixth and franchise-record 10th doubles of the game, but also pitches scoreless relief for his second different team this season.

Sept. 6 The Elias Sports Bureau reports that the Braves are the first team since 1984 to win 1–0 games on successive days in which the only run is unearned.

Sept. 11 Tampa Bay loses a game by more than two runs for the first time in 38 days.

Sept. 15 Both Anibal Sanchez and Francisco Liriano — each of whom has pitched a no-hitter before — lose their chance for another with two outs in the seventh inning, but win by a score of 5–3.

Sept. 16 Chris Young of the Mets gives up back-to-back home runs in the very inning that earns him $250,000 for fulfilling his 100-inning incentive clause.

Sept. 18 Miguel Olivo, who had drawn four unintentional walks in his previous 384 plate appearances dating to August 2011, is free-passed three times in Seattle’s 18-inning loss.

Sept. 20 The Mets fail to score four runs for the 16th consecutive home game — the longest streak of futility by an NL team since 1908.

Sept. 22 The A’s lose to the Yankees despite going deep three times in the 13th inning.

Sept. 25 The Mariners get themselves off a 1-for-47 schneid with runners in scoring position.

OCTOBER

Oct. 2 Six days after Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher ever to fan Albert Pujols three times in the same game, teammate Hisashi Iwakuma replicates the feat.

Oct. 3 Despite not hitting a triple for the third season out of the last four, Miguel Cabrera wins the “Triple” Crown.

Oct. 10 Raul Ibanez of the Yankees becomes the first player in major league history to hit two home runs in a postseason game in which he did not start. 

Oct. 12 A Washington-based team plays a winner-take-all postseason game for the first time since 1925 and, just as it did 87 years ago, blows a 6–3 lead and loses 9–7.


 

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