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09 May 2016

Todd Frazier (CHW)

He launched two home runs in the game, the second one was a grand slam in the twelfth inning that gave victory to the Chicago White Sox. It is the second time in franchise history that a player hits a home run with the bases loaded in the latest frame of a game (Happy Felsch, 12th inning, Sept. 30 / 1916). He is the third active player with multiple grand slams in extra innings (all have 2).                       

Extra: Jose Fernandez (Miami Marlins), by winning in his thirtieth home start, put his record at 20-1 with an ERA of 1.65 at Marlins Park. It is the second pitcher since 1920 to have 20+ wins and an ERA under 2.00 in his first 30 starts at home (Dwight Gooden, 22-4, 1.84 ERA).
08 May 2016

Bryce Harper (WSH)

In a contest that lasted 13 frames, the Washington Nationals' slugger set a record for a single game in the Modern Era (since 1900), most plate appearances without an at-bat. In 7 trips, he saw 27 pitches (2 were strikes) without swinging at any of them. He walked 6 times (3 intentional) and was also hit by the pitcher once. Harper is the fourth player in MLB history to reach base in all 7 appearances in a game (Harper is the only one to do so without connecting on a hit), and he tied the mark of 6 free passes in a contest with 3 other players. Counting his previous three games, Harper has 12 consecutive plate appearances without an at-bat and has recorded 10 base on balls, a hit by pitch, and a sacrifice. This active streak of 12 appearances without an official AB is also a mark in MLB.
07 May 2016

Bartolo Colón (NYM)

In his nineteenth season he became the oldest player (42 years) in MLB history to launch the first home run of his career and is the third in club history to hit a homer with at least that age. The New York Mets' pitcher is the fifth oldest pitcher to get the ball out of the park and the 6,195th player in history to hit one longball. Colon has pitched in 481 games (472 starts) in the Majors and is the leader among active pitchers in wins and shutouts.               

Extra: Aaron Hill (Milwaukee Brewers) connected on three home runs including one with the bases loaded in the tenth frame and drove in 7 runs to give the victory to his team. They are the most for him in a game and tied the franchise marks in both categories. Only 48 times a player has hit three home runs including a grand slam in a game, but Hill is the only to launch it with the bases loaded in extra innings. Seven runs scored by Milwaukee in the tenth episode is a new record for the club in extra innings.
06 May 2016

Marwin Gonzalez (HOU)

He hit a 2-run home run to reach a total of 26 in his 5-year career in the Majors. With what could be considered just another homer, it set an MLB record since his previous ones were solo shots. The Houston Astros' player has more than double any other player in history; the one that follows him has 11 homers without a partner on base from the start of his career.

Extra: The Atlanta Braves have lost 13 of their first 14 games at home this season. It is only the second time that this happens. In 1913, the New York Yankees were defeated in their first 17 home games. The Braves in 5 of those losses, have connected on 10+ hits and received 10+ strikeouts.
05 May 2016

Colorado and San Francisco

The Rockies sent 17 hitters to the plate and connected on 10 hits in the fifth inning, to establish a new franchise record with 13 runs scored in a frame (10 unearned) against the Giants.
For San Francisco, they hadn't given up 10 unearned runs in a game since 1976. For the second time within the same week, they allowed at least 12 runs in a single inning (April 29 vs. New York Mets, third frame), and it is just the third time in MLB history that a team gives up 12+ runs in multiple games during a season.

Extra: The Cincinnati Reds extended their record in the Majors, when their bullpen reached 23 straight contests, giving up at most one run.
04 May 2016

Chicago Cubs

They are the first team to reach 20 wins this season (20-6), with the highest run differential in MLB (93). They are also the leading club in runs with 159 and fewest runs allowed with 66. 
82 years ago (1934), the franchise was also the first to reach that number of wins (20-9), finishing the season in third place in their league.                  

Extra: José Altuve (Houston Astros), as the leadoff man in the lineup, has recorded some extraordinary numbers during the first inning this season: 14 hits including 6 home runs, 11 runs scored and a .519 batting average (top in those categories for a leadoff in that inning). In total, he accumulates nine leadoff homers opening up a game, placing fourth in the club's history.
03 May 2016

Jake Arrieta (CHC)

He got his sixth victory of the campaign without any defeats and reaches his seventeenth consecutive win since last year. In 6 starts this season he has allowed 4 runs on 20 hits in 43 innings pitched. No other pitcher in his first 6 outings of a season with at least 40 innings pitched, has given up less than that amount of runs and hits.
The Chicago Cubs pitcher is also the second pitcher to win his first 6 games as a starter after receiving the Cy Young Award in the previous season.                                          

Extra: The Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees find themselves in one of their worst early season starts. 
The Braves have a 6-19 record in their first 25 games, and that is only the third time in franchise history that they begin with a similar record. In 1914, they recovered to win their first World Series title, and in 1988, finished last in the Majors with just 54 wins. 
The Bronx Bombers have started off 8-16, and that is the fifth time they begin with twice as many defeats as victories, as happened in 1925 / 66 / 84 and 91, in which they were unable to reach the postseason.
02 May 2016

Dallas Keuchel (HOU)

The winner of the Cy Young Award last season lost at home to end the streak that he had at Minute Maid Park since August of 2014, a record of 17-0 with a 1.47 ERA in 22 starts during the regular season. It is the longest active streak and that home ERA of 1.47 during that span, is the best for any pitcher with at least 10 games as a starter in his park.
The 22 starts Keuchel has made is the longest streak without losing a home game in the history of the Houston Astros.

Extra: Jason Hammel (Chicago Cubs) got his fourth win without a loss and has allowed just four runs in five outings this season. He is the third pitcher in Cubs franchise history to allow 4 or fewer runs in the first five games opening up a season (Carl Lundgren in 1907 and Jake Arrieta in 2016).

01 May 2016

Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

He threw a shutout fanning 14 batters without walking any, on track to defeat the San Diego Padres 1-0. It is the thirteenth in the career of the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty, no other active pitcher has more shutouts since he threw his first in the 2010 campaign. He became the third pitcher with multiple shutouts with those numbers (14+ K and no free passes). 
He is also the fifth pitcher in MLB history with 15+ games with 10+ strikeouts without any walks and leads all active pitchers with 10+ strikeout games (45). 
Kershaw in his last nine starts against San Diego has a 6-0 record with an ERA of 0.98 (Since 2013). 

Extra: The Pittsburgh Pirates lost a home game in the eleventh inning after being down and having tied the score in three consecutive frames (7, 8, and 9) against the Cincinnati Reds. The team made the most errors in a game this season (4) and did not complete some routine plays that helped the defeat. 
They are the only home club that has lost after erasing deficits in those consecutive innings, but it is also the third time that a team is defeated that way since 1900.
30 April 2016

Jordan Zimmermann (DET)

With a victory, he improved his record to 5-0 and became the third pitcher to reach 5 wins this season. The Detroit Tigers' pitcher has allowed just two earned runs in 33 innings pitched and is the leader in ERA in the Majors with 0.55, the third-best earned run average in franchise history in April. He is the sixth in MLB history to end the month with 5+ wins, no losses, and an ERA below 1.00. 

Zimmermann, who has pitched since his debut in the National League (7 seasons with the Washington Nationals), is the fourth pitcher to win in his first 5 games in the American League having previously thrown in the other league (the other three had an ERA higher than 2.00).          

Extra: Michael Conforto (New York Mets) was a triple away from the cycle, but it was his sixth straight game connecting on a double, which tied the club record set in 1964. He accumulates 11 doubles so far during the campaign to share the lead in Major League Baseball and has been on base in 17 straight games (most in his career).


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