In his nine mostly spectacular seasons with the Athletics, Hall of Famer Lefty Grove collected at least 10 strikeouts in 21 games. In six of those affairs, the New York Yankees were the victims. The third of these six came on June 28, 1926, when Grove and his mates were at Shibe Park, ready to host a Yankees lineup that featured three of the top four home run hitters in the American League, the top three run producers in the league, and two of top four walk collectors in the AL. Well, that didn't seem to faze Grove all that much on this afternoon in Philadelphia. The southpaw went the distance, scattered seven hits, held the powerful Yankees to just one extra-base hit (a double) and one run (unearned), and struck out 10 while issuing no walks.
It was only that single run allowed in the very first inning that kept Robert Moses Grove from becoming the first pitcher in the live-ball era to face the Yankees and allow no runs and no walks while striking out 10. As for the Athletics franchise, they would have to wait until the 2012 season to see one of their pitchers do this against the Bronx Bombers.
Tommy Milone (7 IP, 6 hits, 0 runs, 10 K's, 0 BB) and three Athletics relievers combined to end the Yankees' 43-game streak of scoring three-or-more runs, and Oakland defeated New York, 3-2.
-- Milone is the first pitcher since the Blue Jays' Chris Carpenter on Sept. 4, 2001, to have a game against the Yankees that featured a line of no runs, no walks and at least 10 strikeouts.
-- Milone is the fourth Athletics southpaw in the live-ball era to allow no runs and no walks in a game with 10-or-more K's. The others: Vida Blue (17 K's in 11 innings on July 9, 1971), and Mark Mulder (Sept. 7 and 17, 2002).
-- Since June 12, Oakland is 23-9 (best winning percentage in the Majors over this stretch) and owns a 2.89 team ERA. They have allowed 102 runs in these 32 games -- the lowest total in the Majors for any team since that date.
-- Oakland won this contest on Brandon Moss' game-ending RBI single in the ninth. Oakland leads the Majors with 10 walk-off wins.
Baltimore's Jim Thome hit his 610th career home run, moving past Sammy Sosa into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time list. Thome also had a double, giving him 1,085 extra-base hits (20th all-time) and a single, giving him 4,646 total bases (36th all-time). This milestone home run came at Cleveland's Progressive Field, a ballpark that has yielded more home runs to Thome (189) than to any other player in its 19 years.
Detroit defeated Chicago (moving to within a half-game of Chicago for first place in the AL Central) behind Justin Verlander's eight innings of four-hit, two-run ball. Verlander, who improved to 11-5 while lowering his ERA to 2.42, has thrown at least six innings in 62 consecutive starts -- the third longest streak since 1920. Verlander is seven starts behind Steve Carlton, whose 69-game streak began on Sept. 13, 1979, and reached its final step on April 13, 1982.
Down 9-0 to Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals after five innings, the Braves rallied for the next 10 runs, gave up a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, and then went on to win in 11 innings. The comeback win marked the largest deficit overcome in a Braves victory since June 7, 1987. That game, Atlanta trailed San Diego, 11-2, and went on to win 13-12.
Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam -- the first of the year for the Giants -- and San Francisco defeated the Phillies, 7-2. The only teams without a slam this season are the Tigers, Twins, and Nationals.
Tim Lincecum allowed two runs over seven innings to pick up the victory for the Giants. Coupled with his previous start (8 IP, 0 runs), this is the first time this season the right-hander has put together successive starts of at least seven innings and no more than two runs allowed.
Aaron Laffey (7 IP, 8 hits, 0 runs) picked up the win in Toronto's 6-1 victory over Boston. Laffey has made five starts this season, with two coming against the Red Sox. In those two, he has thrown 13 innings and allowed no runs; in his other three starts, he has thrown 17 innings and allowed 11 runs.
Three different Reds -- Zack Cozart, Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce -- had both a double and a home run, and Cincinnati defeated the Brewers, 3-1. The last time the Reds had had a game with three players each doubling and homering was on Aug. 3, 1994, when Brian Hunter, Kevin Mitchell and Bret Boone did it in a 17-4 win over the Giants.
Homer Bailey (10) and Aroldis Chapman (2) combined for 12 strikeouts and no walks for the Reds. Before this effort, the last time the Reds as a staff had at least 12 K's and no walks was on Sept. 10, 2003.
Ryan Braun went 2-for-4, with his second hit -- a fourth-inning single -- representing the 1,000th knock of his career. Braun is the 50th player in history to have at least 1,000 hits through his first six seasons, and the 15th out of the 50 to have at least 400 of those hits go for extra-bases.
Mets pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin hit a home run in the team's loss to the Dodgers, giving him four pinch-hit homers this season. Valdespin is tied with Mark Carreon (1989) and Danny Heep (1983) for the most in a season for the Mets. The single-season Major League record for pinch-hit home runs is seven, by Dave Hansen in 2000 and Craig Wilson in 2001.
Jered Weaver allowed one run in seven innings and improved to 12-1 as the Angels defeated the Rangers, 6-1. Weaver is second in the AL with a 2.20 ERA. Kyle Lohse allowed one run in seven innings and improved to 10-2 as the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 4-1. Lohse is sixth in the NL with a 2.71 ERA. Lohse and Weaver are two of 18 qualifying pitchers who are currently posting a sub-three ERA. No season has finished with that many since 1992, when 21 pitchers averaged fewer than three earned runs per nine innings.
Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and hit his 15th home run of the season. Trout has scored a run in 12 consecutive games, leaving him one shy of tying Jim Edmonds' 1995 mark for the longest run-scoring streak in Angels history.
Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a home run to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. Cano's streak -- the longest in the Majors this season -- ties him with Joe DiMaggio in 1940 for the ninth longest in Yankees history.
The Padres got home runs from Chase Headley, Yasmani Grandal and Carlos Quentin, and defeated the visiting Rockies, 9-5. This game marked the 30th time in 697 games at Petco that the Padres have hit at least three homers. In contrast, since 2004, the Reds have played 696 games at their home -- Great American Ball Park. In those 696, they have hit at least three home runs 114 times.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.