July 8, 2006

Lackey Allows Double, Retires Next 27

Angels starter John Lackey allowed a leadoff double to Oakland's Mark Kotsay, then retired the next 27 batters.

The last pitcher to allow a leadoff hit and then retire 27 straight? Jerry Reuss of the Dodgers against the Reds on June 11, 1982. Reuss's catcher that night: Current Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

Old friend Orlando Cabrera's streak of reaching base safely by hit, walk or HBP ended at 63 games. According to SABR researcher Herm Krabbenhoft, Cabrera's streak is the fifth longest since 1941.

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