MLB Notebook: Patience another of Trout's virtues
In addition to his five-tool talent, Angels star has outstanding batting eye
Two decades before Rickey Henderson passed Babe Ruth to become the all-time leader in walks, Rickey provided the foundation for his title with a record-setting season in 1980.
Not only did Henderson become just the third player in the modern era to steal 100 bases, he also drew an astonishing 117 walks. The number undeniably jumps out, and it is particularly notable for a couple of reasons.
For one, it didn't lead the league, as New York's Willie Randolph paced the circuit with 119. For another, Henderson was playing in his age-21 season that year, and no one -- not even Mel Ott or Ted Williams -- had ever or has ever drawn as many bases on balls in an age-21 or younger season.
In the Angels' 2-0 win over the Rays, Mike Trout drew a pair of walks, giving him an American League-leading 80. Trout is playing in his age-21 season.
In the modern era, there have been three players to lead their league in walks in their age-21 or younger season. In 1909, Donie Bush (age-21 season) led the AL with 88; in '29, Ott (20) topped the National League with 113; and in '65, Joe Morgan (21) led the NL with 97.
Trout is the 18th player in history to draw at least 80 walks in an age-21 or younger season. Among this group, his 65 extra-base hits are tied for the fifth most. Like many lists generated by Trout's resume, this one is made up of Hall of Famers: Williams (twice), Eddie Mathews, Ott and Jimmie Foxx.
Machado, Davis are double trouble
In the Orioles' 3-2 win over the Red Sox, Manny Machado delivered his 45th double and Chris Davis contributed his 38th two-base hit.
Young and productive
Machado had been tied with Williams for the third-most two-base hits for a player in his age-20 or younger season. With his 45, Machado now trails Vada Pinson (1959) by two for the second most.
Machado's 45th double gave him 60 extra-base hits. He is the ninth player in history to have at least 60 in his age-20 or younger season. Alex Rodriguez had the most, with 91 extra-base hits in his age-20 season in 1996. Trout had 65 a year ago in his age-20 season.
Davis' double gives him 85 extra-base hits for the season. He is tied with Frank Robinson (1966) and Cal Ripken Jr. ('91) for the third-most extra-base hits in a season for the franchise. Davis trails only Brady Anderson (92 in '96) and George Sisler (86 in '20).
Davis' 85 extra-base hits through 132 team games are tied for the 18th most in history. The others with exactly that many: Foxx (1932), Lou Gehrig ('34) and Ducky Medwick ('36).
Tigers roar back
Down, 6-1, after five innings, the Tigers clawed back with two in the sixth and roared through a four-run bottom of the ninth, defeating the Athletics, 7-6. The game ended on Torii Hunter's three-run homer.
Entering this contest, Detroit's largest comeback victory of the season had been from four runs down, and the club was 3-41 when trailing after eight frames.
Before Hunter's walk-off, the most recent Tigers player to hit a two-out, game-ending homer with the club down by at least two runs was Tony Phillips against the Rangers' Tom Henke on July 10, 1994. Peering deeper into the archives, Hunter is the only Tigers player to do all of this against the A's since that franchise moved to Oakland for the 1968 season.
Playing in his first season with Detroit, Hunter hit four home runs through his first 71 games in 2013. Since then, he has collected 12 in 49 games. For all players with at least 75 percent of their games in the outfield, Hunter's 313 home runs rank 44th.
Royals stingy on the hill
The Royals defeated the Twins, 3-1, winning their fifth straight.
Kansas City leads the AL in ERA at 3.50. The Royals haven't led the league since 1986, when they posted a 3.82 mark. Breaking down their work this season, the club's starters rank sixth with a 3.93 ERA, and Kansas City's relievers place first with a 2.57.
The most recent season in which Royals starters finished the year with a mark as low or lower than their current 3.93 ERA was in 1990 (3.93). The Royals have never finished a season with a bullpen ERA as low as 2.57, with the existing low mark being 2.80 in 1981.
K's not enough for Ubaldo
Ubaldo Jimenez fanned 10 in seven innings, but he also allowed three runs and took the loss Thursday, as Cleveland dropped a 3-1 decision to Atlanta.
It marked back-to-back games in which Jimenez reached double digits in K's and was also the losing pitcher. He's the third Indians hurler since 1916 to have two straight games like this, joining Sam McDowell in '69 and Dennis Eckersley in '76.
Jimenez is the seventh pitcher in the past 10 seasons to have back-to-back games featuring at least 10 strikeouts and a loss, and the second in as many seasons to do it, joining Francisco Liriano from 2012.
Hats off to Harper
In the Nationals' 9-0 win over the Marlins, Bryce Harper hit his 19th home run. If he reaches 20, Harper will join Tony Conigliaro as the only players to hit at least 20 in both their age-19 and age-20 seasons.
Harper is now tied with Rodriguez for the third-most homers for a player through his age-20 season, with 41. For all players through their age-20 seasons, Harper is currently 12th in total bases, fifth in extra-base hits, sixth in OPS (minimum 200 games) and eighth in OPS+.
Here and there
• In Milwaukee's 4-0 win over Pittsburgh, Carlos Gomez swiped a base and now has 32 on the season (fourth in the NL). Gomez's teammate Jean Segura leads the league with 38. The Brewers have twice before had two players each have at least 32 steals -- in 1987, Mike Felder and Paul Molitor each had that many, and five years later, Pat Listach (54) and Darryl Hamilton (41) also accomplished the feat.
• With shutouts by the Angels, Nationals and Brewers, there have been 269 team shutouts this season, leaving it 60 behind the mark for the most in any season since expansion to 30 teams in 1998. When the 2010 season produced that high mark of 329, there had been 267 by the end of August.
• With Kris Medlen (seven innings, six hits, no runs) leading the way in the Braves' 3-1 win, Atlanta's pitching staff now owns a 2.52 ERA for the month of August. The most recent August in which the club finished with a mark that low was 1933, when the team owned a 1.84 ERA as part of a spectacular 22-6 month.