Date: June 3, 2015

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Guerrero's dramatic slam

Alex Guerrero's two-out grand slam in the ninth inning turned an 8-5 deficit into a 9-8 lead and the Dodgers held on to win by that score in the night half of their split doubleheader at Coors Field. It was the first time in franchise history that a Dodgers player hit a grand slam when trailing by exactly three runs in the ninth inning or later.


Pederson fashions second four-game homer streak

Joc Pederson homered in both games of the Dodgers' day/night doubleheader, extending his streak of consecutive games with a home run to four. Earlier this season, Pederson also achieved a four-game homer streak from April 27 to May 2 (he played one game during the earlier span in which he pinch-ran but did not bat; by rule, games like that do not end this kind of streak). Only one other rookie in the modern era has had more than one such streak: Jimmie Hall for the Twins in 1963.


Arenado's powerful nine-game span

Nolan Arenado's RBI single in the fifth inning gave the Rockies the lead for good in their 6-3 win over the Dodgers in the first game of a split doubleheader. Over nine games from May 24 through Tuesday's afternoon game, Arenado produced six home runs and four game-winning RBIs. He's the first player in Colorado history to do both those things over a nine-game span. The only other player in the majors to do that in either of the last two seasons is Bryce Harper, who did so last month.


Tune in Wednesday for Gee vs. Shields

Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 batters but allowed 10 hits and seven runs in four innings of the Mets' 7-2 loss at San Diego Tuesday night. Syndergaard is the second pitcher the modern era to allow at least 10 hits and strike out 10+ batters while failing to complete five innings. If you're a regular reader of "Elias Says", you'll know that the first was the Padres' Andrew Cashner, against New York one night earlier!

Phillies end losing streak in dramatic fashion

The Phillies, who had lost their previous seven games, trailed 4-2 in the middle of the eighth inning. But Maikel Franco's two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth and Darin Ruf's single in the last of the ninth gave Philadelphia a 5-4 win over Cincinnati. The last time the Phils ended a losing streak of at least seven games by overcoming a deficit of at least two runs in the eighth inning or later was in 1964. The Phillies infamously lost their last 10 games that September, but came from behind to win at Cincinnati on October 2. Dick Allen's two-run eighth-inning triple was the big blow in that game, as Philadelphia remained alive with one game to play. But two days later, despite another win over the Reds, the Phils were eliminated when the Cardinals defeated the Mets.

Philadelphia Phillies


That's Joey Gallo, not "Callo"

Joey Gallo homered and doubled in his first major-league game, a 15-2 Rangers win over the White Sox. Only two other players in the modern era (since 1900) have recorded two extra-base hits while their team scored at least 15 runs in their big-league debut: The Angels' Eduardo Perez against the A's in 1993 and the Blue Jays' J.P. Arencibia against the Rays in 2010.


Harper's game-winner is not a home run

Bryce Harper's fifth-inning single drove in the first run for the Nationals in their 2-0 win over the Blue Jays in the first game of a day/night doubleheader. Harper has 18 game-winning RBIs over the last three seasons, but only two have come on singles; the other was at San Diego less than three weeks ago. Since 2013, Harper has driven in the decisive run on a home run 13 times, once via a triple, and twice on groundouts.


Pillar takes Scherzer deep twice

Kevin Pillar hit two home runs off Max Scherzer as the Blue Jays salvaged a split of their day/night doubleheader with a 7-3 win Tuesday night. Pillar is the sixth player to hit two homers in a game off Scherzer, but he's the first right-handed batter to do so. The previous players to go deep twice off the ace righty were Adam Dunn (2009), David Ortiz (2010), Jorge Posada (2011), Justin Morneau (2011), and Chris Dickerson (2014).


Zobrist slams at fourth different position

Left fielder Ben Zobrist's seventh-inning grand slam was the big blow for the A's in their 5-3 win at Detroit. It was Zobrist's sixth career homer with the bases loaded; he's hit two as a right-fielder, one each while playing second base, shortstop, and left field, and one as a pinch-hitter. No other active player has hit a grand slam while playing at four different defensive positions. Honorable mention goes to Nick Swisher, who's hit at least one at first base, right field, and left field, and also as a designated hitter.

Brewers, Cards exchange 1-0 wins

One night after dropping a 1-0 decision to Milwaukee, the Cardinals returned the favor by beating the Brewers 1-0 at Busch Stadium. Both St. Louis and Milwaukee exchanged 1-0 wins with an opponent last season: the Cards with the Reds in April and the Brew Crew with the Pirates in September. Before 2014, St. Louis hadn't done that since August 1996 against the Padres. And Milwaukee had done it only one other time in franchise history, against the White Sox in 1971.

Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals


Archer dominant and efficient

Chris Archer needed just 105 pitches in his eight-inning, 15-strikeout performance as the Rays beat the Angels 6-1 in Anaheim. Only one other pitcher in the last decade has struck out 15 or more batters while throwing 105 or fewer pitches. That was Felix Hernandez at Tampa Bay on June 8, 2014 (15 K, 100 pitches).


Hand finally faces the Cubs

Brad Hand allowed two runs in six innings to earn the win for the Marlins over the Cubs. Hand, who has spent his entire major-league career with the Marlins, was pitching against Chicago for the first time. His total of 67 big-league games without facing the Cubs had been the second-highest total by any pitcher who had spent his entire career in the National League and who hadn't pitched for the Northsiders himself. Ed Olwine, a reliever for the Braves from 1986 to 1988, appeared in 80 games but none against the Cubs.


Pollock on hot streak in pressure situations

A.J. Pollock's two-run home run capped the scoring in the Diamondbacks' 7-6 home win over the Braves. It was the third time in his last 14 games that Pollock has recorded a game-winning RBI in the seventh inning or later (also May 19 and 21 at Miami). He'd had only two such game-winners in his first 279 major-league games, through May 18 (2013 vs. Washington and 2014 vs. San Diego).


McHugh survives rough start

Collin McHugh survived a four-run second frame to go seven innings in the Astros' 6-4 home win over the Orioles. The last Houston starting pitcher to pitch seven innings in a win after giving up at least four runs in the first two innings was Mike Hampton, at Minnesota on June 4, 1999.


Castillo drives in the only run

Rookie ninth-place batter Rusney Castillo's seventh-inning single scored Xander Bogaerts with the only run in Boston's 1-0 home win over Minnesota. Only two other Red Sox rookies have driven in a run from the ninth batting slot in a 1-0 game since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920: Rick Burleson on August 7, 1974 at Milwaukee and Tim Naehring on July 17, 1990 at Fenway Park against the Twins.