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The legend of Yasiel Puig continues to grow.
From Elias: Yasiel Puig homered for the fourth time in his five games in the major leagues when he hit a solo shot in the sixth in that accounted for the Dodgers' first run in their 2-1 win over the Braves in ten innings. Puig is the second player in modern major-league history (i.e., since 1900) to hit four home runs in his first five big-league games; Mike Jacobs did that with the Mets in 2005. Puig's homers have been been of every variety: one solo, one two-run, one three-run and one grand slam. He's the first Dodgers player to hit one of each with his first four major-league home runs since Frank Howard (1958 to 1960).
Puig has driven in ten runs in his nascent major-league career. Among players to debut since 1920, when RBIs became an official statistic, the only other major-leaguers with as many RBIs in their first five big-league games as Puig were Jack Merson (10, 1951 Pirates) and Danny Espinsosa (10, 2010 Nationals).
Rockies rookie hits walkoff homer
From Elias: The Rockies blew a six-run lead in their game against the Padres at Coors Field but won, 10-9, when rookie Nolan Arenado led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off San Diego reliever Joe Thatcher. It was the first walkoff RBI by a Colorado rookie in exactly six years, since Troy Tulowitzki had a game-ending single against the Astros on June 7, 2007. Arenado is only the second rookie in Rockies history to belt a walkoff homer; the first was Clint Barmes in Colorado's 2005 season opener against the Padres.
Goldschmidt hits another key late-inning home run
From Elias: The Diamondbacks trailed the Giants, 1-0, in the bottom of the eighth inning when Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer against Jeremy Affeldt, and that blow proved decisive in Arizona's 3-1 victory. It was the fourth time this season that Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later. The only other major-league player with more than two such home runs this year is the Braves' Evan Gattis with three.
Liriano fans eight in his win at Wrigley Field
From Elias: Francisco Liriano struck out eight batters and allowed only two hits in seven innings as he notched a 2-0 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. Liriano, who signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent during the offseason, has compiled a 4-2 record in six games for the Pirates and he's racked up 47 strikeouts in only 36 innings on the mound. Since 1900, the only other pitcher to register that many strikeouts in his first six games with the Pirates is Jose DeLeon, who began his major-league career with Pittsburgh in 1983 and struck out 49 batters in his first six games.
Pirates post their MLB-high 10th shutout
From Elias: The Pirates' 2-0 win on Friday was their major league-leading 10th shutout of the season. Pittsburgh reached double-figures in shutouts in its 61st game this year, the quickest that any big-league team has done so since 1989, when the Angels got to that total in their 46th game. It's the fewest games that the Pirates have needed to record their first 10 shutouts in 105 years! The 1908 club notched its 10th shutout in game #57.
The Melkman delivers three hits
From Elias: Blue Jays leadoff batter Melky Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in Toronto's 6-1 win against Texas. It was the seventh time that Cabrera has recorded three or more hits in a game this season and all of those three-hit games have come when he's been in one of the top two slots in the batting order (three times from the #1 slot, four times batting second). The only American League players with as many three-hit games from the top two batting order positions this year as Cabrera are Manny Machado (10) and Joe Mauer (8).
Donaldson's slam produces a 4-3 victory for Oakland
From Elias: Josh Donaldson's grand slam accounted for all of the Athletics' scoring and Oakland needed every one of those runs in its 4-3 win over the White Sox. Only one other player in the 113-year history of the A's franchise hit a grand slam in a 4-3 game. That was Rick Monday against the Yankees at Oakland Coliseum in 1969. Before Donaldson, the last player on any major-league team to hit a bases-loaded home run in a 4-3 win was the Brewers' Martin Maldonado on October 2 last year against the Padres.
Verlander racks up another win against the Indians
From Elias: Justin Verlander beat the Indians for the second time in 17 days as he pitched the Tigers to a 7-5 victory on Friday. Verlander has a 12-4 record in 18 games against Cleveland over the last five seasons (2009 to date), after posting a 4-10 record and a sky-high 6.70 ERA in 15 games versus the Indians over his first four major-league seasons (2005 through 2008).
Archer is right on target
From Elias: Rays rookie Chris Archer registered his first win of the season with a 2-1 victory against the Orioles on Friday night in which he pitched seven innings and allowed only two hits. Over the last four seasons, the only other Tampa Bay rookie to win a game in which he pitched at least seven innings and gave up no more than two hits was Matt Moore in an 11-0 Rays victory against the Marlins on June 15 last year. Moore pitched seven innings in that game and the only hit against him was a first-inning single by Donovan Solano.
Butler's third straight multi-hit game
From Elias: Billy Butler was 2 for 4 on Friday and his RBI double in their eighth inning put the Royals ahead to stay in their 4-2 win over the Astros. It was Butler's third consecutive multiple-hit game and his 10th game with two or more hits since May 13. Since that date, Butler has posted a .615 batting average in his 10 multi-hit games, with 24 hits in 39 at-bats, but he's rarely had a hit otherwise, with a mere four hits in 42 at-bats in the 14 other games he's appeared in (.095).
Milwaukee's first four-run comeback win in 23 months
From Elias: The Brewers trailed, 4-0, in their game against the Phillies at Miller Park, but they tied the score a 4-4 with a pair of two-run innings and won, 5-4, when Aramis Ramirez singled home Jean Segura in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was the first time that the Brewers won a game in which they trailed by four or more runs since July 8, 2011, when they beat the Reds, 8-7. Entering play on Friday, the Brewers and Mariners were the only teams in the majors that had not won a game in which they trailed by more than three runs over the last two seasons.
Rask allows only two goals in the Bruins' four-game sweep
From Elias: The Bruins completed a sweep of the Eastern Conference Final with a 1-0 win over the Penguins in Game 4. Tuukka Rask, who was in goal for Boston in all four games, limited Pittsburgh to two goals in the series. Only two other goaltenders in NHL history recorded all four wins in a playoff sweep while allowing no more than two goals in the series: Detroit's Terry Sawchuk in the 1952 Stanley Cup Final against Montreal (two GA) and Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the 2003 Western Conference Final against Minnesota (one GA).
The series outcome never seemed in doubt
From Elias: The Bruins did not trail in any of the four games in their series against the Penguins. It was the 16th four-game sweep in NHL playoff history in which the winning team never trailed but only the second since 2001. The other one was Detroit's first-round sweep of Columbus in 2009. The Bruins' only previous four-game sweep in which they never trailed was against Toronto in 1969.
Penguins are swept for the first time in 24 years
From Elias: The Penguins were swept in a playoff series for the first time since 1979, when Don Cherry's Bruins beat them in four straight games. Pittsburgh's streak of 45 consecutive playoff series without being swept in the interim (three best-of-fives and 42 best-of-sevens) was the second-longest such streak in NHL history, behind the Canadiens' run of 56 series from 1953 through 1980. The Penguins' streak of 42 straight best-of-seven series without getting swept was the third-longest in NHL history. Montreal played 75 consecutive best-of-sevens with no sweeps suffered from 1953 to 1992, and the Devils have never been swept in any of their 43 best-of-seven series.