Sandwich Awards: An amazing foursome
Updated: May 13, 2010, 6:58 PM ETBy Jayson Stark
Once again this week, it just feels like a great time for a sandwich. But not a turkey club. I'm talking about another edition of the ever-popular Generic Sandwich Awards. But before we salute the most sandwich-worthy feats of the week, it's time for theBradenGerutTeixeira• Was it a wild enough week for you? In one 24-hour span last weekend, we had a three-homer game (Teixeira), a cycle (Jody Gerut) and a perfect game (Dallas Braden). Not surprisingly, we've never seen all those feats crammed into back-to-back days in baseball history. The closest call till now: 1998, when David Wells threw a perfecto on May 17, Mike Blowers hit for the cycle on May 18 and Mark McGwire launched three homers on May 19. • Hey, if the Cubs set a record and nobody notices it, does it still count? Loyal reader Nick Howell reports that the Cubs just broke the Yankees' record for most consecutive games without being no-hit. The Yankees played 7,003 no-no-free games in a row from 1958 to 2003. But the Cubs -- who were last no-hit by Sandy Koufax in 1965 -- roared by them last week. They're now up to 7,010. And counting. • Tim Wakefield flutterballed his way to his 2,000th strikeout Wednesday night, making him the third knuckleball king in history to join the 2,000-K Klub. The others: Phil Niekro (3,342) and Charlie Hough (2,362). It's amazing to think that Wakefield has struck out more hitters than Ron Guidry, Bret Saberhagen, Dave Stieb and Sandy Koufax. Isn't it? • It took until May 10, but the reigning rookie of the year, Chris Coghlan, finally got that much-awaited first extra-base hit of the year Monday -- in his 28th game and 105th at-bat of the season. Before that hit, Coghlan had become the first player to have at least 100 at-bats -- and zero extra-base hits -- heading into games of May 10 since Garry Templeton did it in 1986. (Templeton's first XBH came May 14.) At least Coghlan saved numero uno for a big spot. He poked a sixth-inning double that broke up Ted Lilly's no-hit bid. • So was Dan Haren hittable or unhittable Tuesday in his start against the Dodgers? Ya got me. His first nine outs were strikeouts -- a feat matched by only one other starting pitcher (Tim Lincecum) in the last 24 seasons. But Haren wound up with a line that's almost as rare: He whiffed 10 -- and gave up 10 hits. Only five other active pitchers own one of those illogical double-doubles: Adam Wainwright, John Lackey, Brandon Webb, Dontrelle Willis and Ryan Dempster. But if Pedro Martinez ever returns, he owns three of them.
Munchies of the Week• The good news for Mark Teixeira on Saturday: He hit three home runs in a game, making him the first Yankee to do that in Fenway Park since Lou Gehrig. The bad news for Teixeira: There's always going to be a giant asterisk attached to that note, since he hit his third homer off an outfielder (Jonathan Van Every). According to Dave Smith, founder of the invaluable retrosheet.org, Van Every was the 200th position player to pitch since 1950 -- and Teixeira was the first guy to hit a home run off any of them at any point in a three-homer game. Beautiful.
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