MLB Notebook: A-Rod catches the Iron Horse
Lou Gehrig hit grand slams against a couple of Lefty's (Grove and Stewart); he hit one against a Bobo (Newsom), a Firpo (Marberry), a General (Crowder) and an Oral (Hildebrand). He got Lloyd Brown twice, and hit two of his slams off of future Hall of Famers (Grove and Ted Lyons).
Gehrig had his most -- six -- against the Washington Senators, and claimed five against the Athletics, five against the Indians, two apiece against the White Sox, Red Sox and Tigers, and one against the Browns. He hit at least one in every inning but the fourth, had his most (five) in the first inning, and all but one of his bases-loaded home runs went over the fence.
Gehrig's first slam came on July 23, 1925, when he was just 22 years and 34 days old and sharing a lineup with Babe Ruth. He hit his 23rd and last one on Aug. 20, 1938, when he was 35 years and 62 days old and hitting between Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey. And when Gehrig clubbed his final slam, Ruth owned the second most in baseball history, a distant seven behind the Iron Horse.
Tuesday, in the Yankees' 6-4 victory over the Braves, Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam to tie Gehrig for the most in history. The four RBIs also gave Rodriguez 1,922 for his career, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for eighth on the all-time list.
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In the Nationals' 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays, Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 -- his second consecutive three-hit game, and fifth multihit game of the month -- and hit his seventh home run of the season.
Since May 1, Harper is tied for the Nationals' lead in home runs (seven) and in walks (19) and is second in hits (44).
Harper has 19 extra-base hits this season through 60 team games (he debuted on April 28, in the club's 21st contest). Mel Ott (1928) owns the most extra-base hits in a year for a player in his age-19 season, with 48. That season, Ott had 23 extra-base hits through the club's first 60 games.
Madison Bumgarner struck out 12 with no walks over 7 2/3 innings and improved to 8-4 on the season in the Giants' 6-3 win over the Astros. The southpaw, who struck out 11 with no walks on June 1, has seven career games with 10 or more strikeouts.
Bumgarner is the first Giants pitcher in the live-ball era to have two games at least 11 K's and no walks in a single season. He is the only pitcher in the Majors this season to have a pair of these games. In 2011, Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez each had two.
Bumgarner also homered in the Giants' victory -- the club's first home run in a home game since May 14. The team's streak of 16 consecutive homerless home games was the longest in the Majors since the Astros suffered through a 16-game streak in 1990. Over the 16 games, the Giants owned a 10-6 record.
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Playing in his first game since May 16, 2011, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts went 3-for-4, drove in a run, and helped Baltimore to an 8-6 win over the Pirates. Roberts owns 1,377 hits -- the ninth most for the franchise since it moved to Baltimore for the 1954 season.
Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto allowed one run on six hits for his second complete-game victory of the year. Cueto has six appearances this season in which he has finished with at least seven innings and no more than one run allowed. Those six tie him with Hernandez and Ryan Dempster for the second most in the Majors behind the seven from R.A. Dickey.
In Boston's 2-1 win over Miami, Clay Buchholz allowed one run on five hits in seven innings, fanned nine, and picked up his seventh win of the year. Buchholz owns a 2.61 ERA in 41 1/3 innings over his past six starts. In his first seven starts of the year, Buchholz's ERA stood at 8.31 in 39 innings.
Trevor Plouffe doubled, homered and drove in three runs, and the Twins defeated the Phillies, 11-7. For the month, Plouffe has 15 hits, four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBIs. His five homers are tied for the second most in the Majors in the month, his 12 RBIs are tied for the fifth most, and his nine extra-base hits are the most.
Toronto's Jose Bautista hit his 18th home run of the season, and sixth in June. After posting a .634 OPS with three home runs through the end of April, Bautista owns a .989 OPS with 15 homers since the beginning of May.
Oakland's Brandon Moss hit two home runs -- his first career multihomer game -- and the visiting Athletics defeated the Rockies, 8-5. Moss' game marked the ninth time this season a player had hit at least two homers in a contest at Coors Field. Those nine are the most multihomer games for any ballpark.
Andre Ethier drove in his National League-leading 54th run of the year, and the 500th of his career. He is the 27th player to have at least 500 RBIs for the Dodgers. The franchise career leader is Duke Snider, with 1,271.
Albert Pujols collected a single and a double in five at-bats, giving him seven straight multihit games. The streak -- the longest of Pujols' career -- is the longest for an Angels player in a single season since Tim Salmon had eight straight multihit games in 1995. During the streak, Pujols has batted .452 with a .774 slugging percentage.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.