Friday, June 17, 2011
Cliff Lee gets a unique double-double
By Steven Glasser
We take a look at Thursday's action across Major League Baseball by the numbers -- we've got nine of them, one for every inning:
Notes 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8 are courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.
1st: The first time in Washington Nationals/Expos franchise history they hit a leadoff HR (Jayson Werth) and a walk-off HR (Danny Espinosa) in the same game.
2nd: The second time in New York Mets franchise history they lost on a game-ending balk (the other was in 1989 against the Los Angeles Dodgers).
3rd: The third time since 1993, when the Pittsburgh Pirates' streak of consecutive losing seasons began, they find themselves two games over .500 this late into the season (the others were in 1997 and 1999).
4th: Werth and Roger Bernadina hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the game, the fourth time teammates have done so this season.
5th: The Arizona Diamondbacks' fifth walk-off win this season after having five all of last season. Justin Upton, who hit the walk-off home run, has accounted for four of Arizona’s five walk-off hits this season.
6th: Cliff Lee threw a two-hit shutout, while notching two hits of his own at the plate, the sixth pitcher to throw a shutout in the past three days.
7th: The New York Yankees won for the seventh time in nine games this season agains the Texas Rangers. The Yankees finished their season series with the Rangers with a 7-2 record, their second-best record against the defending American League champion all-time (they went 10-2 in 1981 against the Kansas City Royals, who beat them in the 1980 ALCS).
8th: The Boston Red Sox won for the eighth time in nine games to finish their road trip. The 8-1 road trip matched the second-best mark in franchise history on a road trip of nine or more games.
9th: Brooks Conrad's pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning tied the game for the Atlanta Braves who eventually won in extra innings. It was Conrad's sixth career pinch-hit homer (all six are since 2009, the second-most in baseball over that span behind Matt Stairs, who has nine).