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MLB Notebook: Angels pair joins elite company

MLB Notebook: Angels pair joins elite company

Kendrys Morales -- with his two long balls in the sixth inning on Monday night -- joined such icons as Joe DiMaggio, Al Kaline and Willie McCovey as players to hit two home runs in a single inning.

His teammate Jerome Williams also put together quite a performance, one that allowed him to align his name alongside probably the greatest pitcher of them all. Thanks to the definition of what constitutes a save, Williams picked up the first of his career last night, throwing the final four innings while allowing five runs. Back on July 9, 1922, Walter Johnson had a similar line, going the final six innings for the Senators. That afternoon, The Big Train came on in relief of Tom Zachary, allowed five runs, and retroactively, recorded the 28th save of his career. In the live-ball era, Williams and Johnson are two of 15 pitchers to throw at least four innings, allow at least five runs and get credit for a save.

• The Angels defeated the Rangers. 15-8, with Morales homering from each side of the plate in the sixth inning.

Morales is the 59th player in history to homer twice in the same inning. He is the first to do it since the Giants' Pablo Sandoval on Sept. 18, 2011, the first American Leaguer to do it since Alex Rodriguez on Oct. 4, 2009, and the first Angels player to do it since Rick Reichardt on April 30, 1966.

Morales is the first player since Mark Bellhorn on Aug. 29, 2002, to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning. Morales had never homered from both sides in the same game before Monday night.

The Angels slugger tied a career high with six RBIs, having reached that total twice with the Angels in August 2009. Garret Anderson had four games with at least six RBIs in his Angels career -- the most by any player in franchise history.

• Mike Trout went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. As a leadoff hitter, Trout has eight multihit, multirun, multi-RBI games this season -- the second most in a season from the No. 1 spot in the order in Angels history. Darin Erstad had 11 such games in 2000.

• Albert Pujols doubled twice, giving him 161 career games with two or more extra-base hits. That total is the 19th most for any player since 1918, two behind Chipper Jones' total. Babe Ruth had 247 such games to top the list.

• For the first time since Aug. 22, 2011, the Braves won a Monday baseball game, beating the Marlins, 8-2. The win ended a streak of 16 straight defeats on the first day of the week, with 12 of the losses coming this season. During the 16 consecutive losses, the Braves had been outscored, 89-29.

• The Padres' Yonder Alonso tied a team record with three doubles, and San Diego ended Cincinnati's 10-game winning streak with an 11-5 victory. Alonso is the 36th Padres player to have a trio of two-base hits in a game and the second to do it this season -- Chase Headley did it in April. The three doubles gave Alonso 28 this season, and gave him nine multi-double games. Those nine are the most in a season since 2006, when Freddy Sanchez had 10 and Miguel Cabrera each had nine such games.

• The Cubs got home runs from Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro in a nine-run fifth inning and beat the Pirates, 14-4. Chicago's nine runs in the frame were the most for the club in any inning all season and the most since a 10-run second inning on Aug. 14, 2009 -- also against the Pirates.

• Castro went 3-for-4, falling a triple shy of the cycle. Castro owns 463 hits, moving him closer to becoming the sixth shortstop in history to reach 500 hits through his age-22 season. Robin Yount had 717, Alex Rodriguez had 648, Edgar Renteria had 611, Arky Vaughan had 524 and Travis Jackson had 513.

• Making his fifth career start in his 19th career game, Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma struck out 13 Blue Jays and allowed one run in eight innings to pick up the win. Iwakuma is the seventh different Mariners pitcher to reach 13 strikeouts in a game. Randy Johnson had 31 outings with 13 or more K's, while Mark Langston had six, Felix Hernandez has three and Mike Moore had two. Gaylord Perry and Erik Hanson each had one. Before Iwakuma, Langston had been the quickest to do it, with a 15-strikeout performance in his 75th career game on June 25, 1986.

• The D-backs got a grand slam from Chris Johnson -- playing in his first game with the club after being acquired from the Astros -- and a three-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt, defeating the Dodgers, 7-2. Goldschmidt has 92 hits on the season, with 45 of them going for extra bases. With 48.9 percent of his hits going for extra bases, he is sixth in the NL among qualifiers in this category. Jay Bruce leads, at 54.0%, and is followed by Michael Cuddyer (51.1 percent), Ike Davis (50.7), Pedro Alvarez (50.0) and Joey Votto (49.0).

• The Mets' Scott Hairston hit two home runs, helping lead his club to an 8-7, 10-inning win over the Giants. Hairston, whose 244 plate appearances are not enough to qualify him for rate-stat categories, has seen 54.1 percent of his hits go for extra bases.

• The Athletics defeated the Rays, 4-3, getting a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th from Jemile Weeks. The walk-off win was the 12th of the season for Oakland -- the most in the Majors. The win also improved the Athletics' July record to 19-4 (.826 winning percentage). Courtesy of Oakland's press notes, their winning percentage for the month currently stands as the fourth best for the franchise. In April 1981, they were 18-3 (.857); in August 2002, they were 24-4 (.857); and in May 1931, they were 23-4 (.852). A win Tuesday would elevate Oakland's winning percentage to .833.

• In that 15-inning victory, the Athletics struck out 21 times. The last time a team fanned that many times in a win was on June 8, 2004, when the Brewers defeated the Angels, 1-0, in 17 innings, while striking out a record-tying 26 times.

Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions.
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