September 22, 2021

MLB in July brings revenge homers, dueling grand slams and a Zack (or Zach or Zac) attack (ESPN)

Even four days without games at the All-Star break could not interrupt a wacky July that was filled, as always, with home runs, some of them grand slams, some of them by relievers, as well as a ridiculous number of hit batters, wild pitches and, as always, strikeouts. So, with statistical assistance from the Elias Sports Bureau, here are The Quirkjians for July.

July 1
Kyle Schwarber — then a National — hit a double. Over his previous 35 games, he had 18 home runs — and no other extra-base hits. The only other player in major league history to hit that many home runs in a 35-game stretch and have no other extra base hits was Roger Maris in 1961, the year he hit 61 homers.

The Reds beat the Padres 5-4 to become the first team since the Tigers on April 11, 2010, to win a nine-inning game while leaving 18 runners on base.

Cardinals pitchers entered July with 20 batters walked with the bases loaded this season, five hit batters with the bases loaded and five wild pitches that scored a run. The last team to have 30 runs score in those three ways during a season was the 2008 Orioles. The Cardinals already had 30 entering July.

July 2
Red Sox center fielder Enrique Hernandez drove in the…

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