Date: October 10, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

MLB

NOT MANY HITS, BUT A WIN

From Elias: The Giants managed only one hit through nine innings in their extra-inning win over the Reds. (They finished the game with three hits.) San Francisco is only the third team in major-league history to win a postseason game despite having no more than one hit through nine innings. The Dodgers did it in Game 4 of the 1947 World Series against the Yankees and the Athletics against the Orioles in Game 4 of the 1974 ALCS. In both cases the winning team had only one hit in a nine-inning victory.

San Francisco Giants

THE GIANTS SURVIVE TO PLAY AGAIN

From Elias: The Giants avoided elimination with a 2-1 extra-inning win in Cincinnati. San Francisco is the 10th team to avoid playoff elimination with an extra-inning win on the road. The last team to do it was the Angels at Fenway Park in Game 3 of the 2008 ALDS. The Giants also did it in Game 5 of the 1936 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

San Francisco Giants

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Bailey

HOMER IS A FLIRT

From Elias: Homer Bailey did not allow a hit until Marco Scutaro's two-out single in the sixth inning. Bailey is the sixth pitcher to go at least 5 2/3 innings without allowing a hit in a postseason game since 2000. Roger Clemens went six no-hit innings for the Yankees against the Mariners in Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS, Mike Mussina no-hit the Red Sox for the Yankees for 6 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS, Brandon Backe went 5 2/3 innings without allowing a hit for the Astros against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the 2004 NLCS, Daisuke Matsuzaka went six no-hit innings for the Red Sox against the Rays in Game 1 of the 2008 ALCS and Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter for the Phillies against the Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS. From 1987 to 1999 no pitcher took a no-hitter that far into a postseason game.

Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants

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Bailey

BAILEY THROWS A POSTSEASON GEM

From Elias: Homer Bailey allowed only one hit and struck out 10 batters in seven innings of work for the Reds. Bailey is only the fourth pitcher in major-league history to allow one or fewer hits while striking out at least 10 batters and pitching seven or more innings in a postseason game. Mike Mussina did it for the Orioles against the Indians in the 1997 ALCS (8 IP, 1 H, 10 SO), Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez for the Yankees against the Braves in the 1999 World Series (7 IP, 1 H, 10 SO) and Roger Clemens for the Yankees against the Mariners in the 2000 ALCS (9 IP, 1 H, 15 SO). Bailey earned a no-decision for his effort. Clemens and Hernandez were the winning pitchers in their gems, while Mussina had no decision in a 1-0 11-inning Tribe win.

Cincinnati Reds

FOUR PITCHERS COMBINE ON A FOUR-HIT SHUTOUT

From Elias: Four pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Athletics beat the Tigers. It was the eighth time a team used four or more pitchers in a nine-inning shutout while allowing no more than four hits in a postseason game. The last such occurrence came in Game 1 of the 2008 ALCS when the Boston quartet of Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Justin Masterson and Jonathan Papelbon combined on a four-hit shutout of Tampa Bay.

Detroit Tigers


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