MLB Notebook: Volquez adds another Padres one-hitter
MLB Notebook: Volquez adds another Padres one-hitter
By Roger Schlueter
In San Francisco, on May 13, 2010, Giants catcher Eli Whiteside led off the bottom of the sixth inning by hitting a comebacker on a 2-2 pitch from Mat Latos. The one-hopper deflected off of Latos, caromed away and Whiteside had an infield single. As it turned out, that was the only hit of the day for the Giants and stood out as yet another "what if" experience for the Padres. Latos went the distance that afternoon, giving the franchise, that was still without a no-hitter, its 17th complete-game one-hitter.
One year and seven months later, Latos was dealt by the Padres to the Reds for Edinson Volquez. Seven months after that transaction, through the efforts of his own one-hitter blemished only by an infield single, Volquez added to the lore of the Padres remaining no-hitterless in 6,936 regular-season games.
Volquez threw a one-hit shutout on Thursday -- giving him his first career complete game -- and the Padres defeated the Astros, 1-0. Volquez's gem marked the 13th one-hit shutout in Padres history.
Volquez is the 12th pitcher in 2012 to toss a complete game while giving up only one or zero hits. Philip Humber and Matt Cain had perfect games and Jered Weaver and Johan Santana threw no-hitters. The seven previous one-hitters were authored by R.A. Dickey (two of them), Cain, Ervin Santana, Jason Hammel, Justin Verlander and Madison Bumgarner. The 12 this season are the third-most in any season over the past 20 years. There were 17 in 1993 and 15 in 2010.
In his 393rd career appearance Tim Hudson allowed two runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. He recorded the win in Atlanta's 3-2 victory over San Francisco.
Hudson improved to 189-101 in his career. For all pitchers in the live-ball era, Hudson's total of 189 wins through 393 games is tied with Lefty Grove and Lefty Gomez for the 17th most.
In the Giants' 92nd game of the season, Cabrera went 2-for-3 for his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. Cabrera now has 43 multi-hit games this year and a total of 128 hits.
Since 1918, the high mark for multi-hit games by a switch-hitter is 74, achieved by another Giant, Frankie Frisch in 1923. That season, Frisch had 44 multi-hit games through his team's first 92 games.
In the Reds' 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks, Brandon Phillips -- batting third -- drove in a season high five runs.
In his career with the Reds Phillips has 14 games with at least four RBIs. Three of these games came from the leadoff spot, one game apiece came in the second, third, seventh and ninth slots, five such games came batting cleanup and two games came while batting eighth.
Wright went 2-for-4 with two homers and five RBIs, helping the Mets to a 9-5 win. Wright is batting .353 for the season, good enough for third in the NL behind Andrew McCutchen's .369 and Cabrera's .357. Carlos Ruiz sits in fourth, at .350.
The last season to see four NL players qualify for the batting title and finish at .350 or higher was 1937. That year, Ducky Medwick hit .374 as part of his Triple Crown and was followed by Johnny Mize (.364), Paul Waner (.354) and Gabby Hartnett (.354).
Allowing 10 hits and four runs (three earned) in 7 1/3 innings, R.A. Dickey picked up the win to improve to 13-1 for the year.
Dickey -- who leads the NL in victories -- has won 11 consecutive decisions. The winning streak is the longest for a Mets pitcher since Dwight Gooden won 14 straight decisions in 1985.
In the Tigers' 5-1 victory over the Angels, Cabrera hit his 21st home run of the season. Cabrera is now two homers shy of becoming the 13th player in history to reach 300 home runs through his age-29 season.
Cabrera's homer gave him 3,010 total bases -- the 10th most for any player in history through his age-29 season. In that category Cabrera is 49 behind Rogers Hornsby for ninth.
Trout hit his 14th home run of the year and has now scored at least one run in 11 straight games. The franchise record is 13 straight, set by Jim Edmonds in 1995.
With the homer Trout -- who also has 30 stolen bases -- inched closer to becoming the second player in history to have a 20-20 season in his age-20 season. In 1959 Vada Pinson had 21 stolen bases and 20 homers for the Reds.
Hernandez allowed one run in eight innings and picked up the win, as the Mariners beat the Royals, 6-1. The start marked the eighth time this season Hernandez has finished with at least eight innings and no more than one run allowed.
Those eight -- besides being the most in the Majors -- tie Hernandez with Jim Beattie in 1984, Matt Young in '95 and Randy Johnson in '97 for the third-most such games in a season for a Mariners pitcher. Hernandez had 13 in 2010 and Mark Langston had 10 in 1984.
Quintana's eight innings of scoreless ball improved the southpaw's season numbers to 70.1 innings, 59 hits, 18 earned runs allowed (2.30 ERA), a 1.024 WHIP and 43 strikeouts (5.50 per nine). This performance marked the third time in his 12-game career Quintana has finished with eight innings and no runs allowed.
He is the eighth pitcher in the past 50 seasons to have at least three such games so early on in his career. Tom Phoebus had five from 1966-67, Steve Rogers had four in '73 and Pedro Astacio also had four in '92. The others at three are Jose DeLeon (1983), Matt Young ('83), Bob Milacki (1988-89) and Mike Grace ('96).
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After being held to five hits and no runs through eight innings by Quintana, the Red Sox got two singles and a game-ending, three-run home run from Cody Ross to beat the White Sox, 3-1. Over the past 10 seasons, the Red Sox have 24 game-ending home runs.
Cano went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 22 games and tie Michael Brantley for the longest of the season.
Cano is the 11th player in Yankees history to hit in at least 22 consecutive games, and is tied with Joe DiMaggio in 1937 for the 10th longest.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.