Date: August 13, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Hendricks is impressive over his last 5 starts

From Elias: Kyle Hendricks improved his record to 4-1 with a 1.01 earned-run average over his last five starts after a stellar outing against the Brewers on Tuesday night. The last Cubs rookie to win four games with an ERA that low over a five-start span was Vito Valentinetti. Valentinetti went 4-0 with a 0.55 ERA over a five-start span for the Cubs during his rookie season in 1956. Valentinetti compiled a 13-14 career record in five major-league seasons with the White Sox, Cubs, Indians, Tigers and Senators.


Donaldson loves relief pitchers

From Elias: Josh Donaldson hit two home runs off relief pitcher Bruce Chen on Tuesday night. It was the second time this season that Donaldson homered twice in a game off the same relief pitcher. He also did it against Wade LeBlanc on May 30. All other major-league players have combined for two such games this season: David Ortiz off Brad Mills and Lonnie Chisenhall off Scott Baker. The last major-league player to have two such games like that in one season was Buddy Bell in 1980. Bell hit two homers off Jim Barr on May 22 and off John Verhoeven on June 28 of that season.


Taylor makes early splash

From Elias: Michael Taylor, who was making his major-league debut, hit a home run and had two hits in the Nationals' win over the Mets. Taylor is the third player in Nationals/Expos history to record two hits and a home run in his major-league debut. The others to do it are Brandon Watson (2005) and Ian Desmond (2009). For Watson, it was the only home run in his 40-game major-league career.


Another dominant game for Sale

From Elias: Chris Sale did not allow a run and struck out 12 batters for the White Sox on Tuesday night. It was the third time in his career that he struck out at least a dozen batters in a game in which he did not allow a run. That's the most such games for any pitcher in White Sox history. Three Chisox pitchers had two games with at least 12 strikeouts and no runs allowed: Billy Pierce, Juan Pizarro and Jason Bere.


Young is stingy

From Elias: Chris Young allowed two hits in six innings in the Mariners' win over the Blue Jays. It was the ninth time this season that Young allowed no more than three hits in a start, the most such starts in the major leagues this season. The only other Mariners pitchers with nine such starts in one season were Randy Johnson (12 in 1991) and Jamie Moyer (10 in 2001).


Carter is raking

From Elias: Chris Carter hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the Astros' win over the Twins. Carter has hit 15 homers and driven in 36 runs over his last 31 games. Only one other player in Astros history had that many homers and RBIs over a 31-game span: Jeff Bagwell had stretches like that in 1994 and 2000.


Cespedes hits one like a home run derby champ

From Elias: Yoenis Cespedes' two-run home run in the eighth inning off Jonathan Broxton turned a 2-1 Red Sox deficit into a 3-2 lead, a lead they did not relinquish. It's the first time in his major-league career that Cespedes hit a home run that turned a deficit into a lead in the eighth inning or later.


Sox pitcher steals third base

From Elias: Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly stole third base in the third inning of the Red Sox win over the Reds. Kelly is the first Red Sox pitcher to steal third base in over 55 years. Tom Brewer was the last Boston pitcher to do it, July 30, 1959 against the Indians. The only other pitcher to steal third base over the last eight seasons was Ted Lilly. Lilly did it for the Cubs in Arizona on July 23, 2008.


Another Dodgers pitcher with 10 wins

From Elias: Dan Haren earned his tenth win of the season as the Dodgers beat the Braves on Tuesday night. Haren is the fourth Dodgers pitcher with a double-digit wins total this season joining Clayton Kershaw (14), Hyun-Jin Ryu (13) and Zack Greinke (12). Only once in the last 35 years have the Dodgers had four pitchers with at least 10 wins this early in the season (121 games). They did it in 2002 with Kaz Ishii, Hideo Nomo, Omar Daal and Odalis Perez.

Another walkoff walk for the Rangers

From Elias: Adam Rosales drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the Rangers a win over the Rays. It was the second time this season that the Rangers won a game with a walkoff walk. Shin-Soo Choo drew one against the Phillies on April 2. The Rangers had two walkoff walks in one season once before. Darrell Porter had both of the Rangers walkoff walks in 1987.

Angels do all their damage in one inning

From Elias: The Angels beat the Phillies, 7-2, on the strength of s seven-run sixth inning. It's the most runs scored in a game by the Angels, all in one inning, since June 1, 1996 when they beat the Orioles, 8-3, with all their runs being scored in the third inning.

Another low-run win for the Marlins

From Elias: The Marlins beat the Cardinals, 3-0, on the strength of seven solid innings from Jarred Cosart. It was the 21st time this season that the Marlins won a game in which they scored no more than three runs. That's three more such wins than any other major-league team.

Tigers are reeling

From Elias: The Tigers finished a nine-game road trip with a 2-7 record. It's the Tigers worst road trip of six-or-more games since they went 1-6 on their final road trip of the 2010 season.