Monday, June 29, 2015

June 22-18, 2015 Pitchers who Surrendered 2 Grand Slams within the Space of 2 Innings

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to clinch the World Series by throwing a Game 7 extra-innings complete game shutout?
Hint:     It earned him his second of three World Series rings – each with different teams.
Hint:     He became a free agent, and won his final ring the very next season.
Twint:    His team went on to win another ring, but he didn’t make the post-season roster.
Twint:    He is now a television color commentator.
A.         JACK MORRIS (10 innings, Game 7 1991 1-0 MIN over ATL; 1984 DET, 1991 MIN, 1992-93 TOR; he went from 21-6 in 1992, to 7-12 in 1993)
FCR -    Mark Mapes, Madison, WI
Incorrect answers:  Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Orel Hershiser, Livan Hernandez

Q.         Who was the first-ever batter in the first-ever regular-season interleague game?
Hint:     He got a base hit. (The first ever, etc., etc…)  Ball, bat, uniform and all are now in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Hint:     In his MLB, debut, as a defensive replacement for Robin Yount, he got a hit in his first at-bat.
Hint:     In consecutive years with the Brewers he won the “Unsung hero Award” followed the next year by the “Good Guy Award”.
Hint:     He played in the postseason with the Rangers, the Giants and the Mets.
Twint:    In his final post, on Sunday morning — Father’s Day — Hamilton changed his profile picture to an image of him with his two older sons.
Twint:    Until his passing, he was employed by MLB A Network.
A.         DARRYL HAMILTON (Interleague firsts 12-Jun-1997; Debut on 06-Jun-1988)
FCR -    Tal Smith, Sugar Land, TX
Incorrect answers: 

Q.         Who gave up the home run that allowed Sammy Sosa to pass Roger Maris on the season home run record list?
Hint:     He was traded by the Yankees to Oakland and then back to the Yankees with both deals sending Rickey Henderson in the opposite direction.
Hint:     He was the winning pitcher in the first game at “The Jake”.
Twint:    He really didn’t hit as many batters as his name might indicate.
A.         ERIC PLUNK (HR62, 13-Sep-1998; 05-Dec-1984 NYY with 4 others to OAK, and 21-Jun-1989 OAK with two others to NYY each time in exchange for “The Man of Steal” (plus others; 04-Apr-1994 Opening Day at Jacobs Field – now Progressive Field.  He finished the 10th and took SEA 1-2-3 in the top 11th to get the W with a walk-off win; never led the league in HBP facing 5030 batters with only 32 career HBP).
FCR -    Neil Cohen, Brooklyn, NY
Incorrect answers:  Jose Rijo, David Cone, Jeff Nelson, Jim Mecir, Bronswell Patrick, Steve Trachsel, Greg Cadaret

Q.         Who, along with Max Scherzer, was traded to the Tigers from the Diamondbacks in a trade that involved three teams and seven players?
Hint:     He is the last native-born Alaskan to pitch in the postseason.
Hint:     In that last appearance, he faced one batter in relief of his Scherzer but failed to stop a nine-run 3rd inning rally.
Hint:     His final season in the majors was the year prior to Scherzer’s taking the Cy Young Award.
Twint:    His father won three Super Bowl rings, and made two Pro Bowls.
A.         DANIEL SCHLERETH (Three team trade also sent Curtis Granderson from DET to NYY 08-Dec-2009; Born 09-May-1986 Anchorage, AK 2011 ALCS Game 6, he faced only one batter with the bases full, yielding a single and two runs; Father Mark Schlereth won one SB with the Redskins and two with the Broncos, and Pro Bowl 1991, 1998)
FCR -    Mark Pattison, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Curt Schilling

Q.         Who was the first native of South Korea to play in the Major Leagues?
Hint:     He is the only one of his countrymen to win 100 big league games – and the only one to lose nearly 100 games.
Hint:     He is the most recent pitcher from South Korea to appear in the World Series.
Hint:     He is the only player to surrender a batter’s 71st homer in a season.
Hint:     And in the same game, he also became the only pitcher to yield a 72nd home run.
Twint:    Four million of his countrymen share his last name.
A.         CHAN HO PARK (Park debuted 08-April-1994, the 2nd player from ROK was Jin Ho Cho 1998; Career record 124-98, closest is Byung-Hyun Kim at 54-60; 2009 WS with PHI, Byung-Hyun Kim was well known for yielding homers in the 2001 WS; He gave up the two record setting homers – which eclipsed Big Mac’s total of 1998 total of 70 - to Barry Bonds 05-Oct-2001; Park, 3rd most in ROK after Kim and Lee)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Byung-Hyun Kim, Hideo Nomo, Bruce Chen, Rocky Bridges

Q.         Who is said to be the only pitcher in major league history to start both ends of a double header as his final games?
Hint:     He didn’t win either game, but he did take a loss.
Hint:     He was the first National League pitcher in the modern era to steal home.
Hint:     When he died in 1953, he had been one of the last surviving pitchers to throw from the old pitching distance of 50 feet.
Twint:    Though he lived to the age of 85, his son tragically lost his life at age seventeen when he was buried alive in an industrial accident.
Twint:    It was at the site of the factory owned by his father.
A.         JOCK MENEFEE (Final games 07-Sep-1903 at age 35, and according to his SABR BIO he didn’t get a win in either game; 15-Jul-1902 5th inning, AL pitcher Win Mercer stole home in 1901; His son was accidently buried in loose dirt at one of Jock’s factory sites)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:   Kid Nichols, Iron Man McGinnity, Cy Young, Mordecai Brown, Ed Summers

Q.         Which pitcher with minimum 10 starts had the lowest ERA for the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers?
Hint:     It is his only winning season in the majors.
Hint:     He is the only pitcher to give up a walk-off homer to Andrew McCutcheon during his MVP season.
Hint:     It is the only walk-off homer he has ever yielded.
Twint:    He once hit two different batters in a single “at bat” with both pitches being strikes.
Twint:    Needless to say, there was a benches clearing brawl, but the person that paid the biggest price was that season’s home run king.
A.         MIKE FIERS (2014 MIL 2.13 ERA, He went 6-5 in 2014; 2013 MVP Andrew McCutchen walk-off 14-May-2013 PIT 4-3 12-inning victory; 11-Sep-2014 he hit Giancarlo Stanton in the face with a fastball that broke several bone.  Stanton, however, swung and acquired a second strike.  “Reed Johnson had to complete the at-bat. Fiers struck him out on a pitch that also hit him, prompting a bench-clearing brawl.”  Fiers went 0-4 the rest of the season)
FCR -    Phil Hertz, North Bethesda, MD
Incorrect answers:  Kyle Lohse, Jimmy Nelson, Jonathan Broxton

Q          Who managed the team that won the first Federal League pennant?
Hint:     The next year the team moved, and mid-season he was replaced as manager by a future Hall of Famer who had been their starting third baseman.
Hint:     He was the first Cincinnati Reds pitcher to lead his league in earned runs yielded.
Twint:    He went 17-9 his only winning season but his team, which included four future Hall of Famers including their manager, only managed to finish in 6th place.
A.         BILL PHILLIPS (1914 Indianapolis Hoosiers, one of only two years the Federal League was a “major league”;1915 Newark Pepper where Bill McKechnie took the reins, but still finished 5thled the National League 1901 with 145ER; 1899 Cincinnati Reds 83-67 despite a lineup that included Sam Crawford, Bid McPhee, Jake Beckley, and manager Buck Ewing)
FCR -    Bob Flynn, Chandler, AZ
Incorrect answers: 

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who yielded two grand slams within two consecutive innings

Pitcher         Boxscore           GS player (in), player (in)
Phillips         16-Aug-1890       Malachi Kittridge, Tom Burns (both b 5th)
Menefee       12-Aug-1903       Joe Stanley (b 3rd), Pat Moran (b 4th)
Morris          07-Aug-1984       Bill Buckner (b 1st), Tony Armas (b 2nd)
Plunk           31-Jul-1986         Brian Downing (t 3rd), Bob Boone (t 4th)
Park             23-Apr-1999        Fernando Tatis (both t 3rd)
Schlereth      28-Jun-2011        Jason Bay (t 4th), Carlos Beltran (t 5th)
Fiers            21-Apr-2015        Jay Bruce (t 3rd), Todd Frazier (t 4th)

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA (after Plunk Q.)

Horsehide Trivia blog has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

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