Two Chicago teams met at Wrigley Field Monday night; both under .500, but throw that out the window. Just a random game in early May, yet it offered so many opportunities for delicious baseball trivia. Let's take a look:
Quality for Quintana
After yesterday's game, Jose Quintana now has two career starts with 7+ IP and one hit allowed. Both no decisions. It was his 62nd career start (matching his uniform number), and exactly half of them have been no-decisions.
Quintana has two more no-decisions in starts than the franchise leader in career games started, Ted Lyons
Lyons: 484 starts, 29 no decisions
Quintana: 62 starts, 31 no decisions
Meanwhile, Jeff Samardzija pitched nine innings without allowing an earned run and failed to get a win. The last Cubs pitcher to do that was Greg Maddux on May 17, 1991. Samardzija has 13 starts of one or fewer earned runs allowed over the past two seasons, and the Cubs are 5-8 in those games. In 2014 alone, The Cubs have scored a total of 15 runs in games started by Jeff Samardzija. Three times this season has a team scored 15+ runs in a single game (two of the three were by the White Sox). Samardzija's 1.62 ERA is second in the Majors only to Johnny Cueto's 1.31... and Samardzija is still without a win on the season. The next lowest league qualified ERA without a win is Kyle Kendrick's 3.58 (also 0-3 on the year).
Samardzija broke up Quintana's no-hit bid to lead off the sixth inning; the last pitcher to break up a White Sox no-hitter in the sixth inning or later was the Royals' Roger Nelson off Stan Bahnsen with two outs in the eighth inning in Game 2 of a doubleheader on July 27, 1972. On the flipside, the last Cubs pitcher to ruin another pitcher's attempt at a no-hitter (in sixth inning or later) was Casey Coleman vs the Padres' Mat Latos on September 26, 2011. Both Samardzija (double) and Coleman (triple) broke the no-hitters with an extra base hit.
Jose Abreu added an RBI to his season total. He now has 35 through his first 33 career games, which is the most through 33 career games by an American Leaguer since Ted Williams had 37 in 1939, Joe DiMaggio had 37 in 1936, and fellow White Sox first baseman Zeke Bonura had 37 in 1934.
Cinco de Mayo special
Marcus Semien (who wears jersey No. 5) knocked in the game-winning run (his fifth go-ahead RBI of the year) in his fifth at-bat last night, off the fifth Cubs pitcher of the evening (Justin Grimm). That win put the Sox five wins ahead of the Cubs all-time in the Crosstown series (50-45), and Matt Lindstrom wrapped it up for his fifth save of the season.
More on Semien, who is making himself known as a clutch performer
- 11 of his 16 RBI have come with two out
- 15 of his 16 RBI have come in sixth inning or later
A few other random nuggets
- Samardzija's 126 pitches are the most by Cubs pitcher since Ryan Dempster threw 128 on September 13, 2011.
- Andre Rienzo was the first White Sox pitcher to pinch run since Zach Stewart 8/31/2011 vs. Twins.
- Daniel Webb has the win in each of the last two White Sox games; the first Sox pitcher to do so since Nate Jones (August 25-26, 2012).
- White Sox bullpen has allowed 2 ER in 30.2 IP (0.59 ERA) over the last nine games.
- White Sox are now 4-2 in extra inning crosstown games; 2-1 both at US Cellular Field and Wrigley Field.
- White Sox are 6-0 all-time in crosstown games when Paul Konerko gets hit by a pitch
- 4 hits were the fewest by the Cubs in a game 12 innings or longer since August 10, 1993 at Florida (4 hits in 15-inning 3-2 loss vs Marlins)