Monday, June 26, 2006
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• David Ortiz had a 12th-inning game-ending single Monday after hitting a walkoff home run in the last Red Sox game Saturday. Ortiz is the second player with game-ending RBI in consecutive games this season; Nomar Garciaparra did it May 5-6 against the Brewers. No Red Sox player has done that since Butch Hobson against the Angels on Aug. 27-28, 1978.
The Phillies had taken a lead in the game after trailing by six runs in the seventh inning. In the last 25 years, Philadelphia has won only one road game in which it trailed by that much, that late. On Aug. 21, 1990, the Phillies won at Dodger Stadium, 12-11, after trailing 11-1 in the eighth inning and 11-3 in the ninth.
• Detroit's Zach Miner won his fourth consecutive start Monday. His teammate Justin Verlander won four consecutive starts earlier this season (May 10-27). They are the first rookie teammates to win (at least) four consecutive starts since 1984, when two duos did it: Dwight Gooden and Ron Darling for the Mets and Roger Clemens and Al Nipper for the Red Sox.
• Jason Marquis of the Cardinals has allowed 20 earned runs in 11 innings over his last two starts, ballooning his ERA from 4.55 to 5.82. Since the end of World War II, only two other pitchers have allowed 20 earned runs over two starts: Jose Lima in 2000 (21, 12/9) and Mike Oquist in 1998 (20, 6/14).
• The Marlins' Josh Johnson has a 1.89 ERA in 10 starts this season. Over the last 20 years, only three other rookie pitchers have posted an ERA under 2.00 in their first 10 starts of a season: Zach Duke in 2005 (1.83), Cal Eldred in 1992 (1.26) and Pedro Astacio in 1992 (1.80).
• Greg Maddux got another loss Monday, dropping him to 2-8 over his last 10 decisions. Maddux had not lost eight of 10 decisions since early in the 1990 season when he lost eight consecutive decisions. The only other time Maddux lost eight of 10 decisions was in 1987.
• Prince Fielder hit two home runs Monday, including his eighth of the season against a left-handed pitcher. Only two left-handed batting rookies in National League history have hit that many home runs against left-handed pitchers: David Justice had 10 for the 1990 Braves and Del Bissonette had 10 for the 1928 Brooklyn Dodgers.
• The Twins have won their last eight games at the Metrodome while holding their opponents to three or fewer runs in each game. It's the first time since the franchise moved from D.C. to Minnesota in 1961 that the Twins have won eight in a row at home, holding their foes to fewer than four runs in each game. They previously had seven-game streaks in 2002 and 1966. (In their previous incarnation as the Washington Senators, the team had an eight-game streak in 1924.)
• Randy Johnson threw seven shutout innings on six days' rest Monday. Before the game against the Braves, since joining the Yankees the Big Unit had not fared well on long rest (at least five days). In 11 starts he was 5-3, but he had a 5.79 ERA and opponents were hitting .321.
• Jason Giambi hit two home runs Monday, giving him 10 multiple-home run games over the last calendar year, the most of any player in the major leagues over that time.
2006 World Cup
• Totti's goal was the first by a team playing a man down in the World Cup since Paraguay scored a pair of shorthanded goals to defeat Slovenia in group play in 2002. In the interim, teams playing a man down had played 695 minutes without scoring, allowing 16 goals to their opponents during that time.
• Italy has played a man down for a total of 267 minutes in World Cup play and has outscored its opponents 4-3 during that time.
• Ukraine defeated Switzerland on penalty kicks (3-0) after the teams played 120 minutes without scoring a goal. Switzerland was the first team in World Cup history not to score on a penalty kick in a post-game shootout. This was the 17th World Cup shootout, the seventh following a scoreless match.
• Switzerland was the first team ever to be eliminated from a World Cup without allowing a goal. The Swiss recorded shutouts in all four of their matches. Two teams were knocked out after playing at least four games and allowing only one goal: England in 1982 (did not get out of second group stage) and Brazil in 1986 (lost on PKs to France after a 1-1 draw).
• Prior to Switzerland's four consecutive shutouts in 2006, the Swiss had played 22 World Cup matches without holding their opponent scoreless in any of them. That's by far the longest streak without a shutout in World Cup history.
Pascal Zuberbuehler became the first goalkeeper since 1990 to record shutouts in each of his first four World Cup starts. The last was Walter Zenga of Italy, the only keeper to shut out his first five World Cup opponents. Four other keepers had four-match streaks: Gilmar (Brazil 1958), Gordon Banks (England 1966), Leao (Brazil 1974) and Carlos (Brazil 1986).
• Francesco Totti scored on a penalty kick in the 95th minute of Italy's 1-0 victory over Australia. It was the first game-winning goal in World Cup history scored on a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time.