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Fun* facts about last night’s Arizona Diamondbacks game

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“Fun” not contractually guaranteed. Especially if you’re a Dodgers’ fan.

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The 13-0 win

  • The Dodgers hadn’t been shut out by a bigger margin in any game, for more than two decades (0-14 @ ATL, 1997-04-28).
  • No team has ever had a bigger shutout win against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. [Two AL teams, Anaheim in 2004 and Seattle in 2001, matched our 13-0 victory]
  • The only larger shutout defeat at home in recorded Dodgers history was back in 1923, on July 22, when the Brooklyn Dodgers lost 14-0 to the Boston Braves.
  • It was the first time since May 14, 2014 that any visiting team had scored more than a dozen runs in Dodger Stadium.
  • Arizona hit six home-runs, tied for the most in that ballpark by a visiting team.
  • The D-backs now have not been behind for 88 consecutive innings, tied for sixth-longest streak in recorded baseball history. Per @STATS_MLB. we are the first team since the 1993 Expos, not to have trailed for nine full games.
  • Last night's game was the most-watched D-backs telecast of the season with a 5.1 rating (96,395 households). It was 16% higher than the previous season-best rating (4.4 vs Dodgers on July 5 and Aug. 30).
  • The team are now the only franchise with a 20-K, 9-inning start, perfect game and 4-homer night. Anything else? D-backs broadcasters Greg Schulte and Oscar Soria were on the radio for all of them, making them the only broadcasters in Major League history to call all three events.

Robbie Ray

Poor Ray. He left the game in the eighth inning, with what looked likely to be a candidate for Best Single-Game Performance of the Year by a Diamondback. By the time it finished, it wasn’t even the Best Single-Game Performance of the Game by a Diamondback. But it’s still worth celebrating.

  • First 14-strikeout game by a Diamondbacks pitcher in over 13 years (Randy Johnson, 2004-08-31)
  • Second pitcher in team history to fan 14 in less than eight innings, while walking none (Johnson, 2001-04-13).
  • First visiting pitcher in Dodger Stadium history, with a 14 K, 0 BB start. Third pitcher overall (also Clayton Kershaw x 2, Sandy Koufax)
  • Game Score (87) is the highest ever there, by a visiting pitcher who didn’t throw 9+ innings.
  • His 53 strikeouts of the Dodgers so far this year, is the most by anyone since Christy Mathewson in 1908.

J.D. Martinez

Finally, we come to the man of the hour. We all know the basics. Martinez became the 19th player to hit four home-runs in a game, and the first Diamondback. Anything else?

  • This is the first 4-HR game in which the player had more HR than the opponent had HITS.
  • Martinez is the third player in MLB history with a four-homer game after playing for another team earlier in the season (Pat Seerey in 1948, Chuck Klein in 1936).
  • J.D. was brought in to help us against left-handed pitching. However, 14 of his 18 homers have been off righties. And for all the talk of the Chase Field effect, 11 of them have come on the road.
  • Martinez has more home-runs last night than five major-league teams have managed in September. Including both Colorado and his former team in Detroit (1 each).

If you know of any other interesting nuggets about last night’s game, feel free to add them in the comments.