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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Reds score plenty vs Cubs without RBI


Tuesday was a day and night full of statistical oddities across the major leagues, especially in the National League Central.

• The Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5, but did it in unusual fashion. The Reds scored their first five runs without recording an RBI, the result of three Cubs errors. The Reds ended the game with just two RBI, the first time a team has scored seven or more runs with two or fewer RBI in the past 25 seasons, and just the third time in the past 50 years.

• In defeat, the Cubs allowed seven runs, all of which were unearned runs.

They're just the fifth team since 2000 to allow seven runs or more, with none of them earned. Oddly enough, the Reds have been involved in the past three such instances -- winning two of those games.

• Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena hit another home run, his fifth of the season, and all five have come in the last 12 games.

During his rough 2010 season, Pena hit just .120 in the month of May, more than 100 points lower than he hit in April. This season, Pena has reversed that trend.

• Pena’s home run came in the first inning off Reds starter Edinson Volquez, who allowed three runs in the first frame. Of the 31 runs he’s allowed this season, 17 have come in the first inning. That's tied with Javier Vazquez for the most in the major leagues.

Volquez's ERA is 17.00 in the first inning and just 2.97 the rest of the game.

• Brian McCann came off the bench and provided all the offense for the Atlanta Braves in their win over the Houston Astros.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McCann became the second player in major league history to hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning and a walk-off home run in extra innings.

It was first done by Jeff Heath of the Boston Braves on August 27, 1949 against the Reds.

• Mark Melancon blew a save for the Astros, the team’s 11th of the season, the most in the National League. The Houston bullpen is last in the NL in ERA and saves.

According to Elias, the Astros have the worst save percentage through a team's first 16 opportunities in a season in the divisional era.

• Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 in the St. Louis Cardinals win over the Philadelphia Phillies, but has not hit a home run in his past 84 at-bats, the longest such streak of his career.