Thursday, June 29, 2006
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Freddy Sanchez's walkoff home run leading off the ninth inning against Cliff Politte ended the Pirates' 13-game losing streak. It was only the third time since 1900 that a losing streak of at least 13 games was ended by a walkoff homer.
The Mets' "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer off Pittsburgh's Roy Face in the bottom of the ninth inning in the second game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds on Aug. 21, 1962, to end a 13-game losing streak. Tampa Bay's Randy Winn hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning off Baltimore's Jorge Julio on May 11, 2002 to terminate a 15-game losing streak.
• Thursday night's pitching matchup in Boston, Tom Glavine (286 career wins) against Curt Schilling (201), was only the fourth in over 7,400 regular-season games played at Fenway Park in which each starting pitcher had at least 200 career wins. The others: Lefty Grove (297) against Chicago's Ted Lyons (238) in 1941, Ferguson Jenkins (203) against Texas's Gaylord Perry (228) in 1976 and Luis Tiant (201) against Baltimore's Jim Palmer (212) in 1978.
• Curt Schilling was the winning pitcher in Boston's win over the Mets. Schilling (10-2) and Josh Beckett (10-3) comprise only the third pair of Red Sox pitchers in the last 60 years each to have earned 10-or-more wins before the end of June. Roger Clemens and Oil Can Boyd did it in 1986, and then Clemens and Mike Boddicker in 1990.
• The Red Sox extended their errorless streak to 16 consecutive games, tying a major league record set by the 1992 Cardinals. The Sox have been charged with only six errors in 37 games at Fenway Park this season, compared to 26 errors by their opponents. In Boston's 39 road games, the Red Sox have committed one more error than the opposition (17-16).
• Lost in the shuffle of the Red Sox's 12-game winning streak and record-tying errorless streak is the fact that Boston won all nine games on their homestand. It was the fifth time in franchise history that the Sox won every game on a homestand of nine-or-more games. They also did it in 1946 (10-0), 1949 (9-0), 1975 (9-0) and 1988 (11-0).
• Ken Griffey, Jr. has hit a home run in each of the Reds' last four games -- the sixth time in his career that Junior has homered in four-or-more consecutive team games. Willie Mays holds the major-league record in that category: Mays homered in four-or-more consecutive team games on 13 different occasions.
• Zach Duke was the starting pitcher for the Pirates on Thursday, his ninth consecutive start following a Pittsburgh loss. That's the longest such streak by any major league pitcher this season. Two other pitchers have started eight straight games following a team loss this season: Scott Kazmir and John Lackey (Lackey's streak is current). Three pitchers started nine games following a team loss in 2005: Roger Clemens, Rodrigo Lopez and Claudio Vargas.
• The Brewers won at Wrigley Field on Thursday to even their record at 40-40. It's the 13th time this season that the Brewers are at the .500 mark. (They've also been 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10, 16-16, 17-17, 18-18, 19-19, 23-23, 26-26, 37-37 and 39-39). San Francisco (also 13 times) is the only other major league team that has been at the .500 mark this season as often as Milwaukee.
• Mark Prior was the losing pitcher for the Cubs on Thursday. Prior has lost his last four starts (all three starts this season and his last start in 2005), the longest such streak of Prior's career.
• The Rangers have scored only five runs in their last four games, the fewest runs scored over any four-game span by the Rangers since they scored four runs in four games in September 1997.
The record for most players tied for the lead after the opening round of the Buick Championship is five, set in 1953 at what was then known as the Insurance City Open. That season Joe Curtain, Jim Ferrier, E. Harrison, Bob Toski and Fred Wampler all shared the lead.
• Heath Slocum, Peter Lonard, Harrison Frazar and Scott Verplank are tied atop the leader board after the opening round of the Buick Championship. It's the seventh time in the 55-year history of the Buick Championship that four-or-more players have shared the lead after the opening round. The last time was in 2000, when Notah Begay III, Dan Forsman, Robert Gamez and Kirk Triplett shared the lead at six under par.
• J.J. Henry did quite a job scrambling for the hometown fans during the opening round of the Buick Championship. Henry, from Fairfield, Conn., missed seven greens in regulation, yet was able to scramble for par on each of the holes. The 7-for-7 by Henry ties his PGA Tour career high for scrambling success in a round. The last time Henry was 7-for-7 in scrambling success came during round two of the 2004 Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard.
• Heath Slocum shot 65 in the first round of the Buick Championship. It's his fifth consecutive sub-70 round, including all four rounds of last week's Booz Allen Classic. Slocumb played the previous 13 rounds at 70-or-higher, a stretch during which he missed three of five cuts.
At one point last year Slocum broke 70 in nine consecutive rounds, which was tied for the fifth-longest streak of its kind on Tour in 2005. Buick Championship co-leader Harrison Frazar shot 13 consecutive rounds in the 60s near the end of last season.