Settling the Scores: Sunday’s results

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The offense continues to pile up as the temperatures rise. Sunday featured five teams scoring double-digit runs as well as three more scoring eight or nine runs. That was highlighted by the Blue Jays, who ran roughshod over the Indians 17-1. Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki, and Justin Smoak each homered. Josh Donaldson went 4-for-4 with four runs scored.

All told, 161 runs were scored across the league, only five fewer than the 166 that were scored when I noted it last Tuesday. Baseball Reference hasn’t updated as of this writing (1:30 AM EDT), but the league is averaging about 4.5 runs per game, which is about 0.25 runs more than last season. The league hasn’t averaged 4.5 runs per game or more since 2009 (4.61). The increase in offense is mostly due to home runs. Games are seeing about 1.15 of them on average, up over last year’s 1.01 — the highest rate since 2000’s 1.17 and the second-highest rate of all time.

Despite the offense, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg stole the spotlight by bringing a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Reds in his return from the disabled list. He had a high pitch count, however, so manager Dusty Baker pulled him with two outs in the seventh and the no-no intact. Blake Treinen got the final out to get through the inning, but Matt Belisle would fork over the Reds’ first hit in the eighth, ultimately leading to their only run. The Nationals won that one easily 12-1. Strasburg is now 11-0 with a 2.71 ERA and a 123/28 K/BB ratio in 99 2/3 innings on the year.

The box scores.

Blue Jays 17, Indians 1
Mets 14, Cubs 3
Tigers 5, Rays 1
Nationals 12, Reds 1
Phillies 7, Royals 2
Red Sox 10, Angels 5
White Sox 4, Astros 1
Twins 5, Rangers 4
Cardinals 9, Brewers 8
Pirates 6, Athletics 3
Mariners 9, Orioles 4
Dodgers 4, Rockies 1
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4 (11 innings)
Yankees 6, Padres 3
Marlins 5, Braves 2