The 2010 Colorado Rockies may not have been able to become the first squad to reach consecutive postseasons, but staff ace Ubaldo Jiménez certainly pitched in a fashion befitting of a playoff performance each time he took the bump at 20th and Blake during that lost season.
Jiménez put together the most dominant six months of any purple pitcher with a series of first-half performances – including the April 10 no-hitter in Atlanta – to earn the prestige of starting for the National League in the All-Star Game.
On this date in 2010, the 26-year-old won the first game of a doubleheader sweep over the Washington Nationals, 6-2, thanks in part to a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio against future and former Rockies such as Ian Desmond, Liván Hernández and Willy Taveras.
With the win, he tied or set several franchise records that still stand within the organization a decade later: most wins, consecutive decisions, starter (9, May 15 – July 8); most wins in consecutive starts (7, May 15 – June 9); most scoreless innings, consecutive (33.0, May 15 – June 6).
Win Some, Lose Some
Former Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles retired the first 22 batters of the game in 2018 before Trevor Story broke up the perfect game with the only hit of the afternoon to leave the San Diego Padres as the only MLB team without a no-hitter.
Six hurlers from the Los Angeles Dodgers combined on 18 strikeouts during the Rockies 6-4 loss in 2015, most in franchise history for a nine-inning game.
Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless frame in the bottom of the eighth in San Francisco. Marco Scutaro immediately homered to lift Colorado, 5-4., to give the left-hander the win, beginning a streak (May 15, 2012 – June 9, 2013) that would tie for the most consecutive wins in decisions by a reliever (9).
Darryl Kile surrendered five earned runs over six innings during the Milwaukee Brewers’ 8-5 victory in 1998. In the process, the 29-year-old righty lost his eighth consecutive decision.
Armando Reynoso went seven strong innings and the duo of Steve Reed and Bruce Ruffin completed the shutout of Houston in the Astrodome, 4-0, as Hall of Famers Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell go 0-for-6.
DJ LeMahieu stole second base on the Dodgers’ battery of Clayton Kershaw and Yasmani Grandal to help spark a club record 22 successful stolen base attempts that continues through September 13.
On This Day In Baseball History
In 1912, Hall of Famer Ty Cobb jumps into the stands in New York to attack a heckler, Claude Lueker, that is handicapped at Hilltop Park during a Detroit Tigers and New York Highlanders game. American League President Ban Johnson suspends Cobb indefinitely for the incident, but the Tigers stage a strike and the suspension lasts only 10 games.