Stats of the Day: Carrasco 1 strike away
Indians starter loses no-hit bid, but wins with 13 K's in 8 2/3 innings
Here are four interesting items from around the big leagues Wednesday:
• One strike away from a no-hitter, Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco surrendered a single to Joey Butler and took his 10th win instead of the franchise's 15th no-no, finishing with 13 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. Carrasco is the second pitcher this season to lose a no-hit bid with two out in the ninth. On May 17, the Braves Shelby Miller gave up a single to the Marlins Justin Bour. In addition to these two, Washington's Max Scherzer lost his bid for a perfect game with two outs in the ninth (on June 20), but did manage to finish the no-hitter. Indians starters have produced 14 double-digit strikeout games -- the most in the Majors.
• In the Twins 2-1 loss to the Reds, Brian Dozier collected his 25th double of the year. The two-base hit gave Dozier 44 extra-base hits for the season -- a tally that currently leads the American League. The last season to see a second baseman lead his league in the category was 2002, when both leagues saw it happen. Jeff Kent paced the Senior Circuit with 81, while Alfonso Soriano amassed 92 in the AL. Those 92 are the third most for any second baseman, behind Rogers Hornsby's 102 in 1922 and Rajah's 94 in 1929.
• Justin Smoak spearheaded a home run barrage, swatting a pair to lead Toronto to an 11-2 win over the Red Sox. While the multihomer game raised Smoak's home run total for the season to seven, Josh Donaldson hit his 19th, Edwin Encarnacion collected his 17th and Jose Bautista hit his 16th. The Blue Jays are the only team in the Majors to claim three players with at least 15.
• Billy Butler hit his fifth career triple in Oakland's 4-1 win over Colorado. In addition to the five three-baggers, Butler also has five career steals. Taking stock of his tenure and tallies, Butler is one of 218 players to have at least 1,300 hits through his first nine seasons. None of them have also concluded their first nine years with five or fewer triples and five or fewer steals.
Milestone watch for Thursday:
• Yovani Gallardo needs four strikeouts to reach 1,300 for his career. Gallardo would be the 46th right-hander since 1893 to reach that plateau by his age-29 season.