The Red Sox and Rays played the 39th 1-0 game of 2011


Sunday night’s 16-inning marathon won by the Red Sox was the 39th 1-0 game of 2011.  If that sounds like a lot, it is.  We’re currently on pace for the most 1-0 games since 1976.

With scoring depressed, the number of 1-0 games shot way up last year and has only continued to increase.  Here’s the number of 1-0 games each season since 1990:

1990 – 43
1991 – 55
1992 – 58
1993 – 36
1994 – 26
1995 – 29
1996 – 26
1997 – 29
1998 – 32
1999 – 27
2000 – 29
2001 – 36
2002 – 42
2003 – 31
2004 – 35
2005 – 40
2006 – 39
2007 – 34
2008 – 38
2009 – 36
2010 – 62
2011 – 39

At the current pace, we’d end this season with 66 1-0 games, the high total since there were 72 in 1976.

The Twins have been on the winning side of five of the 1-0 games this year, while the Indians and Dodgers have won three apiece.

On the other hand, the Padres have lost five 1-0 games, including one to the Twins back on June 18.  The Marlins and Nationals have both lost three 1-0 games.

Eric Thames hit two more homers

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And John Lackey is livid.

The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.

According to’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.

Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.

Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.

Giants promote top prospect Christian Arroyo

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants have promoted top infield prospect Christian Arroyo from Triple-A Sacramento. MLB Pipeline rated Arroyo as the Giants’ No. 2 prospect behind pitcher Tyler Beede and the team’s best position player prospect.

Arroyo, 21, was selected in the first round (25th overall) of the 2013 draft. He started the year at Triple-A for the first time and he hit an astounding .446/.478/.692 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 69 plate appearances to start the season.

The Giants, 6-13, are looking to regain their balance after unexpectedly losing ace Madison Bumgarner, who sustained injuries riding a dirt bike on an off-day. Arroyo will likely play third base regularly over Eduardo Nunez.