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|This time it doesn't count|
As Eric Gagne's perfect save streak mounts, we're finding we can't get a certain expression out of our heads: "This Time It Counts."
Yes, this time the All-Star Game counted, all right -- except in these two instances:
|Boxscore line of the week|
Dusty Baker pulled an all-timer Sept. 10 -- taking two Cubs pitchers out of a game while they were working on a no-hitter, in the sixth inning. Their lines (vs. Montreal):
Matt Clement: 5 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 86 pitches, 1 pulled groin.
Mark Guthrie: 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R., 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 10 pitches, 2 strikes, 2 of Clement's runs walked in. Stat of the day: Obviously, Jimy Williams pulled five pitchers during the Astros' six-pitcher no-hitter this year, so it happens. But according to Elias, the last time a team pulled two pitchers that deep into a no-hitter -- and then lost the no-hitter -- was an Aug. 12, 1998 White Sox-A's game. Scott Eyre threw five hitless innings. Keith Foulke then pitched two more. Then Bobby Howry came in and gave up a hit to Jason Giambi. Quote of the day: From Baker, who said: "It's tough when you look up there and you still have a no-hitter and they've scored two runs. I don't think I've ever seen that before."
|Deja vu line of the week|
|In our last edition of Useless Reader Information, we presented one of our favorite box-score lines of the year -- in which Minnesota's Juan Rincon recorded more strikeouts (one) than outs (zero). Amazingly, according to loyal reader Kevin Jacobsen, it happened again less than a week later: Pittsburgh's Mike Gonzalez vs. Cincinnati: 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. What made this one particularly noteworthy is that Gonzalez managed to strike out Russell Branyan, not throw a wild pitch and still pull this off -- because Jason Kendall made a wild throw to first trying to get Branyan after he'd missed a pitch in the dirt.|
|Joe Crede||2002||12||5 + 5 + 2|
|Charlie O'Brien||1996||13||5 + 5 + 3|
|Pedro Guerrero||1981||12||5 + 5 + 2|
|Roger Repoz||1965||12||5 + 6 + 1|
|Bill Skowron||1958||14||6 + 5 + 3|
|Joe Adcock||1952||13||7 + 5 + 1|
|Eddie Miller||1945||13||7 + 5 + 1|
|Jeff Heath||1939||14||7 + 6 + 1|
|Rogers Hornsby||1926||11||5 + 5 + 1|
|Tris Speaker||1922||11||5 + 5 + 1|
|Dan Brouthers||1887||12||5 + 6 + 1|