Alfredes Aceves was the winning pitcher in last night’s 16-inning marathon between the Red Sox and Rays, throwing three scoreless innings before Dustin Pedroia’s hit finally broke a 0-0 tie.
With the victory Aceves improved to 19-2 for his career, which is a .905 winning percentage that ranks as the best mark in MLB history among all pitchers with at least 20 decisions. Seriously.
Of course, by making the cutoff just 20 decisions the whole list is basically filled with pitchers like Aceves, who while very effective weren’t exactly Cy Young contenders:
W L WIN%
ALFREDO ACEVES 19 2 .905
Luis Aloma 18 3 .857
Howie Krist 37 11 .771
Brendan Donnelly 32 10 .762
Brad Clontz 22 8 .733
Brad Clontz! All five of those guys are non-closer relievers who vultured wins because of how they were used as much as how well they pitched, but 19-2 is still pretty remarkable for someone with just 189 total innings.
Bump the decision cutoff up to, say, 250 and the leaders are Whitey Ford (.690), Pedro Martinez (.687), Lefty Grove (.680), Roy Halladay (.669), and Christy Matthewson (.668), which is a slightly more impressive list.
Why yes, it is a slow news day. But let’s not allow that to take away from some MLB history.
Last night a young man named Dovydas Neverauskas pitched in mopup duty for the Pirates, who were getting hammered by the Cubs. Mr. Neverauskas pitched two innings, allowing one run, making him, by default, the most effective pitcher the Pirates sent out there last night.
That’s good, but that’s not what makes it historic. What makes it historic is that Neverauskas is the first person born and raised in Lithuania to make the Majors. Here’s some back story on him from last year’s Futures Game.
Lithuania is known for producing basketball players. Now it has its first major leaguer. Whether he becomes baseball’s Arvydas Sabonis is an open question.
Madison Bumgarner talked to the press yesterday about his dirt bike injury and its fallout.
While there is some speculation that the Giants may change their approach to Bumgarner’s contract situation at some point as a result of all of this, yesterday Bumgarner noted that the organization has been supportive as have his teammates. He said he apologized to them as well for an act he characterized as “definitely not the most responsible decision.”
As for the wreck itself, Bumgarner was a bit embarrassed to say that it wasn’t the result of doing anything cool or spectacular on the bike. Sounds like he probably just laid the thing down. Guess it makes no real difference given that he’s injured either way, but you’d hope to at least get a cool story out of it. Alas.
Here’s video of him talking to the press. The best and most accurate takeaway from it: when he says “it sucks.” Yep.