24 - Alex Rodriguez on Thursday night hit his 24th career grand slam. He’s now the all-time leader, surpassing Lou Gehrig’s 23. Manny Ramirez is third with 21.
10+ X 2 - According to FanGraphs’ metrics for Wins Above Replacement, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout now has a WAR of 10.2. He’s only the third player to record a WAR of at least 10 in back-to-back seasons, joining Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.
2 W - According to WAR Trout has given his team two more wins (above the average replacement player) than anyone else in baseball. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is second with an 8.0, Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics is third with a 7.9 and Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is fourth at 7.5.
25/30/100 - Trout continues to do things never-before-seen in baseball. This week he became the first player in history with 25 home runs, 30 stolen bases and 100 walks in the same season.
11 - The Tampa Bay Rays used 11 pitchers to beat the Baltimore Orioles in 18 innings on Friday night. Jeremy Hellickson, No. 11, got the win, 5-4. No team in baseball history has used 12 pitchers in a game.
51 - Chris Davis on Tuesday hit his 51st home run of the season to lead the major leagues. It’s the most home runs in a single season in Baltimore Orioles franchise history.
2.98 - Cincinnati Reds phenom Billy Hamilton, known as quite possibly the fastest man in baseball, stole four bases against the Houston Astros on Thursday night (including one that came on a pitch-out). According to reports who cited unnamed scouts, Hamilton’s been timed between 2.98 and 3.03 seconds on stolen bases. Ricky Henderson was reportedly timed between 3.04 and 3.1 seconds in his prime.
9 and 6 - In Hamilton’s first 10 times reaching base, he stole nine bases and scored six runs. And in his first nine games, he’s 10-for-10 trying to steal.
3-54 - On Thursday night the Reds scored three runs in the top of the ninth and another run in the top of the 10th to come from behind and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5. Before that game, the Reds were 2-54 when trailing after eight innings and the Pirates were 75-3 with a lead heading into the ninth.
14/0 - On Monday Cliff Lee beat the Miami Marlins, throwing eight innings and allowing two earned runs. He also struck out 14 batters while walking none, becoming just the second player to do that this season along with the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish.
3-0 - In his past three starts, all following losses, Pirates’ starter Gerrit Cole has been lights out, going 3-0 (0.9 ERA) with 28 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched.
- Ryan Lewis