Tag: Adam Kennedy

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Joe Panik’s extreme night: 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 RBI


Giants second baseman Joe Panik had an odd game last night against the Diamondbacks, going 5-for-5 while scoring zero runs and driving in zero runs.

He’s the first player with zero runs and zero RBI in a game with five or more hits since Adam Kennedy in August of 2009. And the only other times that happened within the past 10 years were Aaron Miles in 2008 and Curtis Granderson in 2005.

Panik has hit .327 in 56 games for the Giants as a 23-year-old rookie, but it’s come with just one homer and 14 walks in 214 plate appearances. Of course, empty batting average or not the Giants will happily take a a .369 on-base percentage and .766 OPS at second base after previously being so desperate at the position that they used Dan Uggla there for four games.

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Adam Kennedy is making a comeback

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

Adam Kennedy is going to attempt a comeback at age 38, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors.

Kennedy sat out this year despite hitting .262 with a decent .702 OPS in 86 games for the Dodgers in 2012. Adams reports that he’ll work out for teams next month in the hopes of landing a bench gig.

He can’t play shortstop, so a true utility man role is out of the question, but Kennedy has experience at third base and first base in addition to spending most of his career at second base.

Kennedy is probably my least-favorite player of all time because of what he did to the Twins on October 13, 2002. So, you know, good luck or whatever. (Jerk.)

Mike Leake notches unique 10th win as Reds beat Giants

Mike Leake

Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the Reds had to be particularly frustrating for Giants fans, considering that…

– Hunter Pence went 5-for-5 and the team as a whole collected 15 hits

– The team left 15 men on base, it’s high total in a nine-inning game since 2008

– Chad Gaudin, the club’s best starter of late, was roughed up for six runs in 3 2/3 innings

Reds starter Mike Leake pitched six innings of one-run ball despite surrendering 12 hits. Every last knock was a single. The Giants’ only extra-base hit came when Pablo Sandoval delivered a two-run double off Logan Ondrusek in the eighth.

Leake became the first pitcher since the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco in 2011 to allow 12 hits and give up just one run. The last Red to do it was Tom Hume in 1978. The last time a starter did it to the Giants was the Pirates’ Bob Moose in 1972.

At least dating back to 1916 — which is as far as  Baseball-reference’s wonderful play index goes — no one had ever had an outing as short as Leake’s and still managed to give up 12 hits and just one run. The next shortest was 6 2/3 innings. Which makes sense: it’s awfully, awfully hard to cram 12 hits into six innings and get just one run.

Pence’s 5-for-5 game was also pretty unusual. It was the first 5-for-5 game to feature no extra-base hits or runs scored since Detroit’s Roger Cedeno pulled it off on Aug. 15, 2001.  It was also the first time a player went 5-for-5 for a team that lost by five or more runs since Adam Kennedy did so for Oakland in an 8-1 loss to the White Sox on Aug. 15, 2009.

It sounds like Adam Kennedy is retiring

Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

After 14 seasons in the big leagues it looks like Adam Kennedy is ready to call it quits.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kennedy hasn’t officially announced his retirement, but the 37-year-old infielder “is opening a baseball development facility in Anaheim next week.”

Kennedy was the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 1997 and was traded to the Angels in the deal for Jim Edmonds in 2000. He played seven seasons as the Angels’ primary second baseman, returned to the Cardinals for two seasons, and then bounced around with four teams in his final four years.

Overall he hit .272 with a .711 OPS in 1,691 games, won the ALCS MVP for bludgeoning my beloved Twins in 2002, and earned more than $20 million. Pretty solid career for a guy who never cracked an .800 OPS in a season.

Pablo Sandoval’s three-homer game is most impressive in postseason history

Pablo Sandoval

Before Pablo Sandoval got to Justin Verlander twice and Al Alburquerque once for his first ever three-game game in the World Series opener, eight players in major league history had hit three homers in a postseason game:

Babe Ruth (NYY) – Game 4, 1926 WS – 3-for-3, 4 RBI, 2 BB
Babe Ruth (NYY) – Game 4, 1928 WS – 3-for-5, 3 RBI
Bob Robertson (Pit) – Game 2, 1971 NLCS – 4-for-5, 5 RBI, 2B
Reggie Jackson (NYY) – Game 6, 1977 WS – 3-for-3, 5 RBI, BB
George Brett (KC) – Game 3, 1978 ALCS – 3-for-5, 3 RBI
Adam Kennedy (ANA) – Game 5, 2002 ALCS – 4-for-4, 5 RBI
Adrian Beltre (Tex) – Game 4, 2011 ALDS – 3-for-4, 3 RBI
Albert Pujols (StL) – Game 3, 2011 WS – 5-for-6, 6 RBI

Kennedy may yet rank as the most unlikely of the three-homer games, considering that he’s not a power hitter at all. He’s homered once in his 24 other career postseason games.

However, once factoring in the quality of the competition, Sandoval’s seems just as unlikely. And it’s the most impressive of this whole bunch.

– Including the postseason, Verlander had given up 21 homers in 262 2/3 innings this season or one every 12 2/3 innings. Sandoval hit two in four innings off him tonight.

– Albuquerque has never allowed a homer in 56 2/3 innings in the regular season. He did surrender one to Robinson Cano in the ALDS a year ago.

– No one homers in AT&T Park. The Giants hit 31 and allowed 53 there this year. Sandoval was the first person to hit three homers there since Kevin Elster did it in the park’s inaugural game 12 years ago. Only four players hit two homers in a game there this year, and the lone Giant to do it was Sandoval.

Besides Sandoval, Brett probably had the toughest assignment in getting to three homers; he was facing Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter when he did in 1978. However, it was in a losing cause in the ALCS, so that costs him some points. Jackson’s three-homer game was more crucial, coming in a Game 6 that clinched the 1977 series for the Yankees. Pujols was the one player to hit three homers and still add two more hits.

But Sandoval’s game seems to me to the most impressive of the bunch. To get to those two pitchers in that ballpark in a World Series Game is maybe the highlight of the 2012 season to date.