On August 3, 2006, Phillies' infielder Chase Utley goes 3-for-6 against the Cardinals to extend his hitting streak to 35 games. The streak will be stopped the next day against the Mets. Utley hit in every game during the month of July, and raised his batting average 40 points during the streak.
On April 3, 2006, Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies hits a double on opening day to extend his hitting streak. Rollins had hit safely in his final 36 games of the 2005 season. Two days later, Rollins extends the streak (the longest in franchise history) to 38 games, before it is ended.
On September 2, 2006, Cleveland rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff hits a grand slam in his first major league at-bat, on the first pitch. It's the first time in major league history that a player belted a grand slam on the first pitch thrown to him in his first plate appearance.
On September 3, 2006, Ryan Howard belts three homers in the first game of a doubleheader, giving him 50 for the season. In the process he breaks the Phillies' single-season record, held previously by Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.
On September 18, 2006, the Dodgers stage an amazing comeback to defeat the Padres, relying on the long ball. Down by four in the bottom of the ninth, Jeff Kent led off with a homer. He was followed by J.D. Drew, who also homered. The Padres brought in closer Trevor Hoffman, who was greeted on his first pitch by a home run off the bat of Russell Martin to close the gap to 9-8. Amazingly, Marlon Anderson clubbed Hoffman's next pitch into the seats for the Dodgers fourth straight home run, tying the game. The Padres scored in the top of the tenth, but the Dodgers, who entered the game with the fewest home runs in the league, struck again with an unlikely weapon. After a walk, Nomar Garciaparra hit a walk-off, two-run homer to win the game, 11-9. With the win, the Dodgers stay one-half game back of the Padres in the NL West. It's just the fourth time in major league history that a teamhit four consecutive home runs.
On April 6, 2006, the Cardinals render Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins hitless, halting his 38-game hitting streak that dated back to the end of the 2005 season. The streak, which included 36 games in 2005, is the longest in Phillies' history.
On October 1, 2006, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins becomes the first catcher to win the American League batting title. Mauer bats .347, finishing just ahead of a pair of Yankees: Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter.
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On May 21, 1963, Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds ties the National League record for most consecutive strikeouts in a game. Maloney fans eight Milwaukee Braves in a row and finishes with a total of 16 strikeouts in a 2-0 win.