Monday, June 19, 2006
Updated: June 20, 9:33 AM ET
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
Stanley Cup finals
• On Oct. 17, 1979, less than six weeks after ESPN debuted on the air, the Pirates beat the Orioles in Game 7 of the World Series. That game was played at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and it remains the last Game 7 in the World Series, the NBA Finals or the Stanley Cup finals won by the visiting team. Since then, with Carolina's win on Monday night, home teams are 18-0 in Game 7 of the final round of the postseasons in those three sports leagues.
• Cam Ward, at 22 years and 110 days, is the third-youngest player to win the Conn Smythe. Patrick Roy earned that honor in 1986 at age 20-231 and Bobby Orr won that award in 1970 at age 22-51.
Ward is the first rookie goaltender to win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals since Ken Dryden in 1971.
• Aaron Ward scored 1:26 into the first period. It was the second-fastest opening goal in a Stanley Cup final Game 7. Montreal's Jean Beliveau scored 14 seconds into Game 7 of the 1965 final, leading the Canadiens to a 4-0 win against Chicago.
Ward and Frantisek Kaberle scored to give Carolina a 2-0 lead. It's the first time that two defensemen scored goals in a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
• Cory Stillman won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 and is a champion again with the 2006 Hurricanes. He's only the fifth player to win the Stanley Cup with different teams in consecutive seasons since the NHL took sole possession of the Cup in 1927. The others: Lionel Conacher (Blackhawks in 1934, Montreal Maroons in 1935), Ed Litzenberger (Blackhawks in 1961, Maple Leafs in 1962), Al Arbour (Blackhawks in 1961, Maple Leafs in 1962) and Claude Lemieux (Devils in 1995, Avalanche in 1996).
• Matt Cain had his no-hitter broken up with two outs in the eighth inning on Monday night. At age 21, he was bidding to become the youngest Giants' pitcher to throw a no-hitter since 20-year old Christy Mathewson in 1901. There have been more than 5,300 major-league games since the last no-hitter (by Randy Johnson in 2004). That's the longest no-hit drought (in terms of games played) in major-league history.
• Cain recorded the longest no-hit performance by a rookie pitcher since the Cardinals' Bud Smith completed the act and threw a no-no at San Diego on Sept. 3, 2001.
• The Pirates loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied 4-4. But Arizona reliever Greg Aquino struck out Jeromy Burnitz, Freddy Sanchez and Jose Castillo to thwart the threat and the Diamondbacks won in 11 innings. The last two pitchers to strike out the side in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and the go-ahead run on third base were Baltimore's Randy Myers in July 1996 (against Cleveland) and Al Hrabosky of the Cardinals in May 1977 (against the Reds).
• Jeremy Bonderman struck out six straight Brewers batters on Monday night, the longest streak by any pitcher in the majors this season. Two pitchers whiffed six consecutive batters last year: John Lackey and Brandon Webb. The last two Tigers pitchers to strike out six in a row were Nelson Cruz in 2000 and Juan Berenguer in 1983.
• With his father watching in the stands, Ken Griffey Jr. hit a sixth-inning solo home run providing the game-winning run in the Reds' 4-2 win over the Mets. The Griffeys have now combined for 700 home runs (152 by Senior and 548 by Junior). That's the second-most for any father-son tandem in major-league history and it's exactly two-thirds of the highest total -- 1,050 for Barry and Bobby Bonds.
• Bronson Arroyo threw a complete game in Cincinnati's 4-2 win at Shea Stadium, lowering his ERA to 2.47 through his first 15 starts this season. It's been 16 years since a Reds' pitcher had an ERA below 2.50 through 15 starts. Two pitchers did that for the Reds in 1990: Jack Armstrong (2.12) and Tom Browning (2.27).
• Oakland's 10-game winning streak ended with a 7-0 loss at Colorado. The last team to end a double-digit winning streak with that large a shutout loss was the Athletics themselves. In September 2003, their 10-game victory streak ended with a 9-0 loss in Baltimore.
• The Rockies' 7-0 win was the sixth shutout at Coors Field this season, equaling the most in one year in Colorado. There were six shutouts in Rockies' home games in 1997.
• Brett Myers had 11 strikeouts, but issued six walks, in the Phillies' 4-2 win over the Yankees. He's the first major-league pitcher in six years to strike out at least 11 while walking at least six -- since the Giants' Russ Ortiz did it on May 27, 2000 against the Cubs. Myers is the first pitcher to do it while earning a victory since Jason Bere of the White Sox on June 13, 1994 vs. Oakland.
World Cup Soccer
• Ukraine became the first team in World Cup history to score goals in the first four minutes of both the first and second halves (Andriy Rusol in the 4th minute, Andriy Shevchenko in the 49th).
• Spain outshot Tunisia 24-4 in its come-from-behind 3-1 victory. That was the largest disparity in shots in a World Cup match since Germany outshot Saudi Arabia 26-3 in an 8-0 victory in 2002 group play.
• Coming off a 4-0 loss to Spain, Ukraine walloped Saudi Arabia by the same score on Monday, becoming only the second team to win a World Cup match by at least four goals immediately following a loss by four or more goals. The other was Germany, which went one better in 1954, losing by five goals to Hungary (8-3) before defeating Turkey by the same margin (7-2). (That Germany-Turkey match determined which team would advance to the quarterfinals.)
Ironically, Mickelson's first-ever Tour victory occurred under similar circumstances. In the 1991 Northern Telecom Open, Mickelson beat Tom Purtzer by a single stroke. At the 72nd hole, Mickelson stood with a 269 total and carded a birdie. Purtzer stood at 267 and limped home with a double-bogey six.
• Some final words on the 2006 U.S. Open: Geoff Ogilvy beat Phil Mickelson by one stroke when Mickelson double-bogeyed the 72nd hole. It marked the first time in 14 years that a player won a PGA Tour event by a single stroke in that fashion -- where the second-place finisher double-bogeyed the 72nd hole. In 1992, at the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, David Peoples beat Bill Britton by a single stroke.