Rockies' Charlie Blackmon leads a night of bizarre accomplishments

By Thomas Lott 18 August 2017
Rockies' Charlie Blackmon leads a night of bizarre accomplishments

Charlie Blackmon is unlike any player that has been seen in baseball. He's a late bloomer that still fan s the mullett and it's only natural that on a night of bizarre accomplishments he would be at the forefront.

Blackmon went 3 for 5 with a home run, two doubles and two RBIs in the Rockies' 10-4 loss to the Braves Thursday. But in that loss Blackmon joined elite company. In fact, he joined Hall of Fame company.

The Rockies' center fielder became just the fourth leadoff hitter in the history of the game to post three straight seasons of 300 total bases. He has done that while hitting .335 in 2017, .324 in 2016 and .287 in 2015. He has hit at least 17 home runs and 27 doubles in each of those years and done so in near complete obscurity in Denver. But his under-the-radar last three seasons with the Rockies leads perfectly into some other stats that some players didn't even know they were trying to accomplish.

In that same game Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte hit two home runs and stole two bases. He is only the sixth player to do that since the year 2000.

Then there was Twins rookie Aaron Slegers who threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits, two walks and two runs. He is the first Twins pitcher to throw six innings and allow two hits or fewer in his debut since Pat Mahomes did it in 1992. Recognize that name? That's because he is the father of Kansas City Chiefs rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

In another rare occurence, the Cubs lost a game in which they scored 10 runs for the first time since 2006. The Cubs spotted the the Reds a 9-0 lead before rallying to tie the game in the fifth before eventually losing 13-10. 

Stud of the Night

Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin has been on fire as of late. He had another quality start Thursday, going 8 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing just four hits in Arizona's 4-0 win over the Astros. In his last 12 starts Corbin has a 3.13 ERA, 25.1-percent strikeout and 5.8-percent walk rate.

Dud of the Night

Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell joined Blackmon, Inciarte and Slegers among the bizarre stat leaders Thursday, but his stats weren't good. He managed to allow four runs on three hits and a walk in no innings pitched in the Yankees 7-5 win over the Mets. He only threw 12 pitches, but he managed to give up a grand slam to Curtis Granderson and single-handedly let the Mets back in the game. The Yankees actually swept the Subway Series for the first time since 2003 and the team's social media team made sure everyone knew who ruled the Big Apple.

Highlights

The Reds did all they could to lose their 9-0 lead over the Cubs Thursday as Chicago came back to tie the game, but Phillip Ervin's two-run homer in the seventh helped lift the Reds to victory. 

Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara snapped a 5-5 tie in the fifth inning with a monster blast to right-center field as the Rangers went on for a 9-8 win over the White Sox. 

What's Next

Indians (66-52) at Royals (61-59) 8:15 p.m. ET — This one is all about two of the best left-handed hitters in baseball versus possibly the best curveball pitchers, espcially against left-handers, in all of baseball. It's the Indians' Corey Kluber (11-3, 2.71 ERA) versus Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Hosmer has been great this season hitting .315 on the year while Moustakas has been good this year but great as of late, hitting .339 in August with five home runs, and .284 with 35 homers on the season. But Kluber has been dealing and left-handers are batting just .199 against him.

About Author

Thomas Lott

Comment