Incredibly, it took 30 days after Jered Weaver won his sixth gave for a major league pitcher to pick up his seventh win this season. And the guy who did it was winless through three starts.
Jon Lester cruised through six scoreless innings in Boston’14-2 rout of the Indians on Wednesday to become the first pitcher to win seven games this year.
It definitely is oddly late in the season for the league leader to just be getting his seventh win. Ubaldo Jimenez already had eight wins by this time last year. In 2009, Roy Halladay had eight by May 25. In 2008, Brandon Webb had nine on this date and both Daisuke Matsuzaka and Joe Saunders had eight.
Weaver, who moved to 6-0 on April 25, seemed poised to have at least eight or nine already, but he’s gone 0-4 in his last five starts. Trevor Cahill and Max Scherzer both already had two chances to win their seventh games but came up short (or, actually, their offenses did).
Lester has gone 7-0 in his last eight starts since opening the season 0-1 in three outings.
For the first time in a month and a half, Aaron Judge went an entire game without striking out, ending his record streak at 37 games. Judge had an RBI single and three walks in Tuesday night’s 13-4 victory over the Tigers.
Judge went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and zero strikeouts in a 9-4 loss to the Brewers on July 7. Between July 8 and August 20, Judge would strike out in all 37 games, breaking the record previously held by Adam Dunn, who struck out in the first 32 games of the 2012 season. If one counted streaks extending into multiple seasons, Dunn held the record at 36 games as he struck out in his final four games in 2011 as well.
After Tuesday’s performance, Judge is now hitting .284/.417/.594 with 37 home runs, 81 RBI, and 93 runs scored in 525 plate appearances on the season. He’s had a particularly rough second half, as he entered Tuesday with a .684 OPS since the All-Star break, a far cry from his 1.139 OPS before the break.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was able to get a ground ball past Pirates first baseman Josh Bell for a double leading off the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game. He would come around to score later in the inning on a Corey Seager single, breaking a 1-1 tie.
The double gave Gonzalez 2,000 hits for his career. He is the 282nd player in baseball history and the 11th active player to reach 2,000 career hits. Gonzalez also has 300 home runs, making him one of 94 players with at least 300 dingers and 2,000 hits.
Gonzalez, who was recently activated from the disabled list, entered Tuesday’s action hitting .247/.295/.330 with one home run and 25 RBI in 201 plate appearances on the season.