Week 12 of the 2019 MLB season is in the books. It left behind some historic moments. Here are some of the biggest headlines from this past week:
Single Game Home Run Record Broken
On Monday, June 10 the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies combined for 13 home runs in a single game. The D-Backs recorded eight long balls, with the Phillies hitting five. Eduardo Escobar even became the first Diamondback to homer from different sides of the plate in consecutive innings. Ildemaro Vargas also had two home runs for the Diamondbacks in their 13-8 win over the Phillies.
Shohei Ohtani hit for the cycle on Thursday, becoming the first Japanese-born player to accomplish the feat. The next day, Indians’ player Jake Bauers hit for the cycle. The cycle has not been hit on back-to-back days since June 9 and 10 of 1912 when Chief Meyers and Tris Speaker hit for back-to-back cycles. Ohtani led the Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Rays, while Bauers helped the Indians crush the Tigers 13-4.
Lucas Giolito Earns 10 Win
Lucas Giolito only allowed one run through six innings in a 10-2 victory over the Yankees on Friday. He is the first pitcher to get his 10th win of the season, and the fact that he is on the White Sox makes this even more impressive. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has a 2.22 ERA to go with a 0.95 WHIP so far this season. It is very possible that he could be traded near the deadline, unless the White Sox somehow turn things around.
Padres and Rockies put on a Show
The Padres and Rockies played a four-game set this past week: they combined for 92 runs. This comes out to an average of 23 runs per game, the most in any four-game series in MLB history. In Sunday’s game, which concluded in a 14-13 Padres win, Charlie Blackmon recorded his 15th hit of the series. He became just the third player since World War II to record 15 hits in a single series. Those 15 hits helped bring the total for the set to 131, the most hits in a series since 1922. From the perspective of a fan, this can be seen as a great series, but it is definitely one the pitchers would like to forget.
Brian McCann Records Memorable RBI
The Braves won Sunday’s game by a score of 9-8 thanks to a Brian McCann walk-off. Hector Neris threw McCann a 2-2 pitch well off the plate that McCann reached for, recording a walk-off two-run single. These were McCann’s 999 and 1000 RBIs of his career. The game-winning hit put the Braves 2.5 games ahead of the Phillies in a tight NL East race. This won’t be an at-bat that McCann will forget anytime soon.
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