Date: June 27, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Trout's first 1,000 at-bats last matched by Williams

From Elias: Mike Trout went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Angels' win at Detroit on Wednesday night. That left Trout with exactly 1,000 at-bats in the major leagues, with 307 hits, 150 RBIs and 205 runs scored. The last player to match or exceed all three of those totals through his first 1,000 big-league at-bats was Ted Williams.

Los Angeles Angels


Lackey is oldest Red Sox pitcher since Cy Young with 12 Ks and no walks

From Elias: John Lackey struck out 12 batters and did not issue a walk in Wednesday's win over the Rockies. The 34-year old Lackey became the oldest Red Sox pitcher since Cy Young to register at least 12 strikeouts and no walks in a game. Young did that three times at age 38 in 1905 and once at age 37 in 1904.

Boston Red Sox


Phils rally takes Hamels off the hook

From Elias: Cole Hamels was removed for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning with the Phillies trailing the Padres, 5-2. Philadelphia scored one run in that inning and then two more in the eighth to tie the game and take the veteran left-hander off the hook. That saved Hamels (2-11) from becoming only the fourth Phillies pitcher to lose 12 games in a season before the end of June. The three to do so were Kid Gleason (in 1891), Charlie Ferguson (1884) and John Coleman (1883).

Philadelphia Phillies


Dickey throws 93 pitches in shutout

From Elias: R.A. Dickey threw 93 pitches in his two-hit shutout of the Rays on Wednesday afternoon. Only Jordan Zimmermann, in a 91-pitch one-hitter against the Reds on April 26, used fewer pitches in a nine-inning complete game this season.

It was Dickey's third complete game win of at least nine innings and two or fewer hits allowed over the last two seasons, the most in the majors. Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez are the only other pitchers with more than one such start over that period.

Wednesday's performance continued Dickey's dominance of the two Florida teams. Over the last three seasons he's 11-0 with a 1.21 earned run average in 13 starts against the Rays and Marlins.

Toronto Blue Jays


Polanco hits game-winning home run

From Elias: Placido Polanco's tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth inning provided the winning margin in the Marlins' 5-3 win over the Twins. It was the first home run hit by a Miami third baseman this season. That leaves only two major-league teams homerless this season from a non-pitching position -- the Athletics from their second basemen and the Nationals from their centerfielders.

Miami Marlins


Familiar script at Safeco

From Elias: Felix Hernandez was replaced after seven innings in a 2-2 game with the Pirates and a familiar script followed for the crowd at Safeco Field. Pittsburgh scored two runs in the ninth inning to beat Seattle, 4-2. It was the sixth time this season that the Mariners lost a home game that was tied entering the eighth inning, tying the Mets for the most such losses in the majors.

Seattle Mariners


Griffin strikes out Bruce four times in shutout

From Elias: A.J. Griffin threw a two-hit shutout over the Reds and struck out Jay Bruce four times along the way. The only other pitchers to record four strikeouts against the same batter in one game this season were Anibal Sanchez (Dan Uggla) and Adam Wainwright (Adam LaRoche). Griffin was the first Athletics pitcher to do that since 2006, when Barry Zito whiffed the Blue Jays' Alex Rios four times.

Oakland Athletics, Cincinnati Reds


Pettitte winless in last six starts at Yankee Stadium

From Elias: Andy Pettitte lost to the Rangers on Wednesday night and he's now 0-4 over his last six starts in the Bronx. That is Pettitte's longest streak of winless starts at home in his Yankees career. (He did have a streak of six home starts without a victory with the Astros, over 2004 and 2005.)

New York Yankees


Marcum earns first win

From Elias: Shaun Marcum entered Wednesday night's start against the White Sox having dropped all nine of his decisions this season, but he threw eight shutout innings and earned the win for the Mets. Marcum is only the third major-league pitcher since 1900 who was 0-9 or worse to that point in the season and won a game while throwing eight or more scoreless innings. The others were Tom Underwood (1979 Blue Jays) and Danny Jackson (1995 Cardinals), each of whom threw complete-game shutouts.

New York Mets

Rendon ties franchise record

From Elias: Anthony Rendon was 3-for-4 in the Nationals' 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks, giving him 35 hits in 99 career at-bats. Rendon has tied the Montreal/Washington franchise record for most career hits within a player's first 100 major-league at-bats. Coco Laboy, a member of the Expos' inaugural 1969 team, started his big-league career 35 for 100.

Washington Nationals

Astros rally from 3-0 deficit

From Elias: The Astros overcame a 3-0 deficit in Wednesday night's 4-3 triumph over the Cardinals. It was their sixth win this season after trailing by at least three runs, tying the second-most such victories in the majors, behind the Blue Jays' seven.

Houston Astros


Gordon is early and late hero

From Elias: Alex Gordon led off the first inning with a home run and then sliced a game-ending run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Braves, 4-3. Gordon is the first major-league player this season with a leading-off-the-first-inning homer and a walkoff RBI in the same game. Two guys did that last year -- Dexter Fowler and Coco Crisp, while the only other player in Royals history to do so was Gregg Jefferies in 1992.

Kansas City Royals


Ramirez reaches 2,000 in style

From Elias: Aramis Ramirez on Wednesday night became the fourth player in the last 10 seasons to hit a home run for the 2,000th hit of his major-league career. The others were Placido Polanco (in 2012), along with Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez (both in 2006).

Milwaukee Brewers