Chipper Jones named his son Shea after breaking the hearts of many a Mets fan through the years. He hasn’t been quite so successful in Citi Field since the Mets switched parks — he entered today with a .200 average and two homers in 18 games there — but he’s homered and doubled in the first game of the doubleheader.
The homer was his 48th versus the Mets, putting him into a tie for third place all-time against the club. Here’s the list:
1. Willie Stargell – 60 HR in 825 AB
2. Mike Schmidt – 49 HR in 910 AB
3. Chipper Jones – 48 HR in 795 AB
3. Willie McCovey – 48 HR in 623 AB
5. Hank Aaron – 45 HR in 689 AB
6. Pat Burrell – 42 HR in 551 AB
7. Willie Mays – 39 HR in 553 AB
8. Barry Bonds – 38 HR in 815 AB
9. Andre Dawson – 36 HR in 1,037 AB
10. Billy Williams – 34 HR in 855 AB
After Chipper and Burrell, the active leaders are Ryan Howard (31), Andruw Jones (26) and Chase Utley (26).
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.