This week in Major League Baseball was rife with quirky scoring situations. With thanks to our friends at Baseball Reference and the Elias Sports Bureau, where were you when...?
... A team recorded an out after the winning run scored:
With bases loaded in the 12th inning Wednesday, Maikel Franco dumped what appeared to be a walk-off single into center field. Tommy Joseph crossed the plate, the Philadelphia Phillies celebrated, and Aaron Altherr, whose run didn't matter, never ran to second. The Giants threw the ball back in anyway, and Altherr was ruled out for leaving the bases. Why does it matter? Because if Cesar Hernandez, who was on second, had done the same thing, that would have been a force double play since neither runner touched the base to which he was forced. In that case, regardless of the timing, the run wouldn't have counted.
As a result, the play was officially scored a 9-2 fielder's choice and not a single. The last game-ending 9-2 putout, not surprisingly, was on a double play last year. But we could find no other game-winning 9-2 putouts in any of the available play-by-play (which covers most games back to 1950).
... A pitcher won without facing a batter:
Sergio Romo pulled this trick Thursday, entering the game with a runner on first, ending the inning with a caught-stealing, and then not coming back out after Denard Span homered and it was suddenly a save situation. He's the 22nd pitcher in the live-ball era to get credit for a win without officially facing a batter, and the first since Alan Embree of the Rockies did the same thing in 2009.
... Chase d'Arnaud pinch-hit for himself:
OK, technically he didn't, but there's also not a name for what he did do. D'Arnaud led off Saturday's ninth inning as a pinch hitter and the Braves batted around, bringing d'Arnaud up to the plate again before taking a defensive position. He can't pinch-hit again, but he's also not yet a fielder. He doubled in two more runs, making him the first Braves player to get an extra-base hit in this "undefined" position since Roland "Sonny" Jackson tripled against the Phillies on Aug. 22, 1972.
... The Cleveland Indians wrote some history:
The oddity of Cleveland's four homers Thursday was that each infielder (sorry, you catchers out there) hit one. That happens now and again (including earlier this year), but the Indians actually hadn't done it since June 18, 1941, on homers by Ken Keltner, Lou Boudreau, Ray Mack, and Hal Trosky.
What made Thursday's game unique was that each outfielder also had an assist in knocking Joe Mauer off the basepaths three separate times. According to Elias (and with a cap-tip to Twitter user @IgnacioGranado who was the first to ask about it), it's the first game in major-league history where all four infielders homered and all three outfielders had assists.
More from this week
Manny Machado, Sunday: First player to homer in first, second, and third innings since Carl Reynolds for the White Sox at Yankee Stadium on July 2, 1930.
Baltimore Orioles, Friday: Seven runs and 16 hits with four errors, the first "7-16-4" linescore in the majors since Cleveland posted it at Tiger Stadium on Apr. 18, 1958.
Avisail Garcia, Tuesday: First White Sox batter to homer twice in a game he didn't start since Robin Ventura on May 28, 1996.
Ken Giles, Sunday: First pitcher to record six strikeouts while retiring only five batters (one reached on a wild pitch) since Steve Kline of the Expos on Aug. 17, 1999.
Jaime Garcia, Friday: RBI single decided 1-0 game, first Cardinals pitcher to drive in the run in a 1-0 win since Harvey Haddix against the Pirates on July 17, 1955.
Washington Nationals, Sunday: Franchise's first time winning a game with two hits or fewer since the Expos beat Boston 1-0 on Sept. 3, 1997 (Mike Lansing homer).