Here’s a pretty cool moment.
Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt began his major league career hitless over his first 32 at-bats, but he finally got off the schneid last night against the Cardinals. And he did so in pretty exciting fashion, as he ripped a solo homer to right field off right-hander Joe Kelly.
As you’ll see in the video below, Vogt initially received the silent treatment from his teammates before being congratulated.
Vogt, 28, played eight seasons in the minors before going 0-for-25 in his first taste of the majors last season with the Rays. After being called up by the A’s this week, he went hitless in his first seven at-bats before going deep last night. His hitless streak was the longest to begin a career since former Athletics’ slugger Chris Carter went 0-for-33 in 2010. Vic Harris set the all-time record for a non-pitcher back in 1972 by going 0-for-35 to begin his career.
Here’s an interview with Vogt after the game, courtesy of CSNBayArea.com:
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.