Tim Lincecum made his 150th career start last night and lost to the Cubs, serving up three homers for the first time in five seasons.
Even after the Cubs took him deep three times Lincecum still has the lowest rate of homers per nine innings among all active pitchers with at least 150 career starts:
TIM LINCECUM 0.58
Chad Billingsley 0.66
Tim Hudson 0.72
Derek Lowe 0.72
Roy Halladay 0.74
On the flip side, here are the all-time leaders in allowing three or more homers in a game:
Jamie Moyer 31
Jack Morris 30
Robin Roberts 29
Jose Lima 26
Warren Spahn 24
And there’s a decent chance Jamie Moyer will add to his total before Lincecum serves up three homers for a second time.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.