Date: October 11, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Ibanez

IBANEZ: GAME-TYING HOMER IN 9TH INNING, WALKOFF HOMER IN 12TH

From Elias: Raul Ibanez, pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez with one out in the ninth inning and the Yankees trailing the Orioles, 2-1, hit a game-tying home run off Baltimore's closer, Jim Johnson. Ibanez was the first major-league player to hit a home run with his team trailing in the ninth inning or later of a postseason game which tied the score or gave his team a lead since 2009, when Alex Rodriguez hit two such homers for the Yankees! Ibanez was only the sixth player in postseason history to belt a pinch-hit home run in that situation. The others were Pat Sheridan (1985 Royals), Kirk Gibson (1988 Dodgers), Ed Sprague, Jr. (1992 Blue Jays), Jim Leyritz (1998 Padres) and J.T. Snow (2000 Giants).

Ibanez wasn't through with his late-inning heroics, however, as he led off the bottom of the 12th with a game-winning homer. He's the first player in major-league history to hit two score-tying or go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning or later in one postseason game. Ibanez was reprising a role similar to the one he played in the Yankees' next-to-last game of the regular season, against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. In that game, Ibanez hit a score-tying two-run pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning and drove in the winning run with a walkoff RBI single in the 12th inning.

New York Yankees

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Flaherty

ROOKIE TEAMMATES HOMER IN SAME POSTSEASON GAME FOR FIRST TIME

From Elias: Rookies Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado each homered for the Orioles in Game 3 of their Division Series against the Yankees. It was the first time in major-league history that rookie teammates each hit a home run in the same postseason game. There have been two other postseason games in which two different rookies homered, one on each team: Game 4 of the Braves-Astros NL Division Series in 2005 (Brian McCann for Atlanta, Chris Burke for Houston) and Game 2 of the Diamondbacks-Cubs NL Division Series in 2007 (Arizona's Chris Young and Chicago's Geovany Soto).

Baltimore Orioles

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Kozma

RARE POSTSEASON HOMER BY ROOKIE SHORTSTOP

From Elias: Rookie shortstop Pete Kozma hit a three-run home run in the second inning of the Cardinals' 8-0 win over the Nationals in Game 3 of the Division Series between St. Louis and Washington. It was only the fourth time in major-league history that a rookie hit a home run as a shortstop in a postseason game. The others were by Chris Speier (1971 Giants in NLCS), Derek Jeter (1996 Yankees in ALCS) and Troy Tulowitzki (2007 Rockies in Division Series).

St. Louis Cardinals

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Carpenter

CARPENTER HAMMERS THE NATIONALS

From Elias: Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his Game 3 win over the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon. Carpenter, who pitched in only three games for the Cardinals this season and posted an 0-2 record, was only the third pitcher in major-league history to start a postseason game after not recording a win during the preceding regular season.

The first pitcher to do that was the Tigers' Virgil Trucks in 1945. Trucks was discharged from a two-year stint in the U.S. Navy in time to start the final game of the regular season for Detroit, in which the Tigers clinched the A.L. pennant. He pitched five innings that day but was not involved in the decision, and then started twice in the World Series against the Cubs. The second was Yovani Gallardo in 2008. Gallardo missed most of that season due to knee injuries and he pitched in only four games for the Brewers without registering a decision. He started (and lost) the Division Series opener in Philadelphia.

St. Louis Cardinals

FORMER CARDINAL MAKES POSTSEASON START AGAINST ST. LOUIS

From Elias: Edwin Jackson, the starting and losing pitcher for the Nationals in Game 3 of their Division Series against St. Louis, started four postseason games for the Cardinals last year: one in the Division Series against the Phillies, two in the NLCS versus the Brewers and one in the World Series against the Rangers.

Jackson is only the third pitcher in major-league history to start a postseason game against a team for which he made at least one postseason start the year before. Dwight Gooden did that when he faced the Yankees for Cleveland in Game 4 of the 1998 American League Championship Series (he started one postseason game for the Yankees in 1997), and Woody Williams did so for the Padres in Game 3 of their 2005 N.L. Division Series against the Cardinals (he started four times for St. Louis in the 2004 postseason).

Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals

GIANTS SET TEAM RECORD FOR EXTRA-BASE HITS IN POSTSEASON GAME

From Elias: The Giants recorded only three extra-base hits in the first three games of their Division Series against the Reds but they banged out five doubles and three home runs in their 8-3 victory in Game 4 at Cincinnati which tied the series at two wins apiece. The Giants' eight extra-base hits set a franchise record for a postseason game, breaking the old mark of seven set in a 16-4 win over the Angels in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series and equaled in an 11-7 victory against the Rangers in the 2010 World Series opener.

San Francisco Giants

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Pagan

GIANTS TIE N.L. POSTSEASON RECORD

From Elias: Angel Pagan (double, home run), Pablo Sandoval (double, home run) and Joaquin Arias (2 doubles) each slugged two extra-base hits for the Giants in their Game 4 victory over the Reds. It was only the second time in postseason history that a National League team had three different players with two or more extra-base hits in the same game. The other N.L. team to do that was the 2008 Phillies in their 10-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series. Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard were the three multiple-XBH men for Philadelphia in that game.

San Francisco Giants


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