Carlos Zambrano and CC Sabathia each surrendered five home runs in losses for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees, respectively.
According to Elias, the ONLY other time in MLB history that two pitchers gave up five home runs on the same day was Sept. 21, 1996. Oakland’s Dave Telgheder and Milwaukee’s Jeff D’Amico were the victims.
Elias also tells us that Sabathia is the sixth pitcher in Yankees history to allow five homers in a game.
And then there’s Zambrano. After giving up his fifth home run, he was ejected by home plate umpire Tim Timmons for throwing inside to Chipper Jones on consecutive pitches.
He then went into the locker room and told team officials that he was retiring -- and then left the ballpark.
Zambrano is the fourth Cub to allow five homers in a game since 1920, joining Ismael Valdez (2000), Steve Stone (1974) and Warren Hacker (1954).
Dan Uggla belted two of the homers off Zambrano to extend his hitting streak to 32 games. Uggla's first home run was his 25th of the season. Only four other players in MLB history have had a 32-plus-game hitting streak and 25-or-more home runs in the same season: Rogers Hornsby in 1922, Joe DiMaggio in 1941, Tommy Holmes in 1945 and Chase Utley in 2006.
Elsewhere around the majors:
• Pablo Sandoval hit a solo homer for the Giants’ only run in their 2-1 loss to Florida. It was their 20th straight home run without anybody on base. Elias says that is the longest such streak in the divisional era (since 1969). With Arizona’s 4-3 win over the Mets, the Giants dropped two games behind the Diamondbacks.
• Ervin Santana pitched a complete game in the Angels’ 5-1 win in Toronto. Since July 1, Santana's ERA is 1.41, the second lowest in the majors over that time behind only teammate Jered Weaver (1.35). Also, Santana has 103 strikeouts on his slider this season, the second most in the majors behind Clayton Kershaw (104).