Date: September 17, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Cashner was one hit away from perfection

From Elias: Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner retired the side in order in each of the first six innings in his start at Pittsburgh on Monday night before Jose Tabata ended Cashner's perfect-game bid with a single leading off the seventh inning. It was only the third time in the last 27 seasons that a San Diego pitcher retired the first 18 or more opposing batters in a game. The other Padres starters to do that since 1987 were Kevin Brown (Sept. 10, 1998 vs. the Dodgers, perfect through the first 18 batters) and Chris Young (Sept. 7, 2008 at Milwaukee, perfect through the first 23 batters).

Tabata, who was erased on a double play to end that inning, would be the only batter to reach base against Cashner, who faced only 27 batters in his 2-0 complete-game shutout victory. Over the last 20 years there have been four other non-perfect nine-inning complete games by major-league pitchers in which they allowed only one baserunner and faced the minimum number of possible batters. Three were no-hitters in which the pitcher issued one walk (Mark Buehrle in 2007, Matt Garza in 2010, Justin Verlander in 2011) and the other one was a one-hitter (Odalis Perez in 2002).

San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates


Cliff Lee stars on the mound and at the plate

From Elias: Cliff Lee struck out 14 batters in eight innings in his 12-2 victory against the Marlins and he was also the offensive star of the game for the Phillies, with three hits and four runs batted in (both personal highs for one game). Lee is only the second pitcher in major-league history to register 14 or more strikeouts in a game in which he also recorded four or more runs batted in. Dwight Gooden was the first, with 15 strikeouts and four RBI in a 9-4 Mets win over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium on May 11, 1990. Lee is the fourth pitcher since 1900 to register 14 or more strikeouts in a game in which he had three or more hits. The others were Dazzy Vance in 1925 (17 strikeouts, 3 hits), Dizzy Dean in 1933 (17 and 3) and Ron Villone in 2000 (16 and 3).

Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies


Porcello's ninth win since July 1

From Elias: Rick Porcello reached double-figures in strikeouts in a game for the second time in his major-league career when he fanned 10 batters while allowing only one run in six innings in his win over the Mariners. Porcello was 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA this season through the end of June but he's 9-2 with a 3.64 ERA since then. He's tied for the major-league lead in wins since July 1 with Zack Greinke, Francisco Liriano, Kris Medlen, Ricky Nolasco, James Shields, C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver.

Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners


Wil Myers plays his 75th big-league game

From Elias: Wil Myers, in the 75th game of his brief major-league career, had two hits (a double and a home run) and drove in three runs to lead the Rays to a 6-2 win against the Rangers. Myers has recorded 84 hits and 49 RBI since he made his major-league debut with Tampa Bay on June 18. The only other players to register at least 84 hits for the Rays in their first 75 big-league games were Rocco Baldelli (94), Akinori Iwamura (86) and Carl Crawford (84). The only other player with 49 or more RBIs for Tampa Bay in his first 75 MLB games was Evan Longoria (50).

Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers

Rangers have not led in their last seven games

From Elias: The Rangers' losing streak reached seven games when they were beaten by the Rays on Monday night. The Rangers have not only suffered seven straight losses, but they have not led even once in any of those games. It's the first time in the franchise's 53-season history, including the team's years as the Washington Senators (1961-71), that they've played seven consecutive games without leading. They had two six-game streaks, both as the Senators (1964 and 1966).

Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays


Ramirez is 4 for 4 with a homer

From Elias: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 4 for 4 with one home run and three RBI in Chicago's 12-1 win against the Twins. It was only the fourth time in White Sox history that they had a shortstop go 4 for 4 or better and hit a least one home run in a game. The others were Hall of Famer Luke Appling (1936), Ron Hansen (1967) and Ozzie Guillen (1985). Like Ramirez, they each recorded four hits in four at-bats, but Hansen stands alone by hitting two homers in his 4 for 4 game.

Chicago White Sox


Another multi-hit game for Blackmon

From Elias: Charlie Blackmon notched three hits in four at-bats and drove home two runs for the Rockies in their win over the Cardinals. It was Blackmon's eighth multiple-hit game in the 16 games he's played since August 30. He had only seven multi-hit performances in 55 games this season up to that point.

Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals


Brewers rookie goes 3 for 3 with 3 runs and 3 RBI

From Elias: Threes were wild for rookie Caleb Gindl on Monday night as he registered three hits in three at-bats, scored three runs and drove in three as well in the Brewers' 6-1 win over the Cubs. Gindl was the seventh rookie in Brewers history to record at least three hits, three runs scored and three RBI in the same game. The others were Darrell Porter (1973), Greg Vaughn (1990), David Nilsson (1992), Ronnie Belliard (1999), Ryan Braun (2007) and Casey McGehee (2009).

Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs


Shields gets sixth win in his last eight games

From Elias: James Shields posted his sixth win in his last eight games with a victory against the Indians in which he allowed one run and struck out 10 batters in six innings. Shields is 6-1 with a 3.23 ERA in eight starts since August 11, but that earned-run average is deceiving since he allowed 10 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in his only loss over that span (vs. Detroit on Sept. 6). That's one more earned run than Shields surrendered in his seven other games over that stretch combined (nine in in 49 1/3 innings, a 1.64 ERA).

Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals


Goldschmidt's two-run homer leads to a 2-1 D'backs win

From Elias: Paul Goldschmidt, who ended a 22-game home-run drought on Sunday, homered for the second straight game and his two-run blast in the first inning provided enough runs for the Diamondbacks to post a 2-1 win against the Dodgers. Goldschmidt leads all major-league players with 26 hits versus the Dodgers this season and he's tied with Michael Cuddyer and Hunter Pence for the most RBI against them this year (18).

Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks



Two TDs for Bengals rookie

From Elias: Bengals rookie Giovani Bernard scored two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, in Cincinnati's 20 -10 win over Pittsburgh. Bernard was the first Bengals rookie with rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game since Nov. 19, 1989, when Craig Taylor had one of each in a 42-7 Cincinnati rout of the Lions.

Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tomlin's team has never been this low

From Elias: Pittsburgh's loss dropped its record to 0-2 this season. It's the first time that Mike Tomlin's Steelers have ever been two games below .500 at any point of a season. Monday's loss was Tomlin's 98th regular-season season game as an NFL head coach. Only George Halas (his 130th game) and George Allen (never in a 168-game NFL head-coaching career) went farther into their careers without having a record at least two games below .500 than Tomlin.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers haven't been in a rush in their last eight games

From Elias: The Steelers rushed for fewer than 100 yards in each of their last six games last season and they've done the same in each of their two games this season. Their streak of eight consecutive regular-season games with fewer than 100 rushing yards ties a franchise record set spanning the 1933 and 1934 seasons, and then matched in 1935, when the club used the same nickname as the local baseball team: the Pirates.

Pittsburgh Steelers