Friday, June 30, 2006
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Adam Dunn's grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Reds trailing, 8-5, gave Cincinnati a 9-8 win over the Indians. Dunn's walkoff slam was the first of its kind in the majors (two outs in the ninth inning or later and the home team trailing by exactly three runs) since July 28, 2001, when Brian Giles victimized Billy Wagner to give the Pirates a 9-8 win over the Astros.
Dunn's grand slam capped Cincinnati's comeback from a 7-0 deficit in the eighth inning. The Reds were the first team to win a game after trailing by seven-or-more runs in the eighth inning or later since the Marlins rallied from a 9-2 deficit in the eighth inning to beat the Red Sox in Boston, 10-9, on June 28, 2003. It was only the third such win in Reds franchise history. The others were in 1951 against the Braves in Boston and in 1995 against the Mets in Cincinnati.
• The Tigers beat Pittsburgh on Friday to improve their record to 55-25. Since 1987, only three other major league teams won at least 55 of their first 80 games in a season: the 1995 Indians (57-23), 1998 Yankees (60-20) and 2001 Mariners (59-21).
The Tigers had won as many as 55 of their first 80 games in a season only twice previously: in 1911 (56-24) and 1984 (55-25).
• Toronto's Lyle Overbay hit a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run homer in the second inning in the Blue Jays' 8-1 win over the Phillies. Overbay was the fourth player to hit home runs in each of the first two innings of a game this season, joining Hanley Ramirez (April 18 at Cincinnati), Rafael Furcal (June 7 vs. the Mets) and Jason Giambi (June 26 vs. Atlanta).
Three other players in Blue Jays history have done it: Ernie Whitt (twice, both in 1988), Tony Fernandez (1989) and Jose Cruz, Jr. (2001).
• The Dodgers beat the Angels, 6-1, in Anaheim on Friday night. The victory ended the Dodgers' 15-game road losing streak against American League teams. It was the longest road losing streak for any team in either league in the history of interleague play, which began in 1997. Only three others teams have lost as many as 10 consecutive interleague road games: the Reds (10 in a row, 2003-2005), Pirates (10, 2004-2005) and Diamondbacks (10, 2005-2006, also ended on Friday).
• Juan Uribe had a home run and five RBI in the White Sox' 6-2 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Uribe was hitting .198 with four homers and 18 RBI in 53 games this season through June 14, but he's hitting .382 (21-for-55) with five home runs and a team-high 19 RBI in 14 games since then.
• With his start on Friday night for the Mets at Yankee Stadium, Orlando Hernandez became the first pitcher to start for both the Yankees and the Mets in a Subway Series game. El Duque made three regular-season starts and one World Series start for the Yankees against the Mets.
• Jason Giambi hit a solo home run in the first inning of the Yankees' 2-0 win over the Mets. It was the 51st home run in 148 games for Giambi since July 1, 2005. Giambi thereby tied Boston's David Ortiz for the most home runs in the majors over the past 12 months (July 2005 through June 2006). The Phillies' Ryan Howard led all N.L. players with 48 homers over the same span.
• The Devil Rays posted a season-high run total in their 11-1 win in Washington on Friday night. Tampa Bay had been the only team in the majors not to score more than 10 runs in a game this year. The Devil Rays' previous high this season was 10 runs, done four times.
• Justin Morneau hit his 20th home run of the year in Minnesota's 8-2 win over the Brewers on Friday. It's only the fifth time in the last 35 years that a Twins player has hit 20-or-more home runs in a season prior to the All-Star break. The others to do it were Larry Hisle (21 in 1977), Kent Hrbek (twice: 20 in 1986 and 23 in 1987) and Torii Hunter (20 in 2002).
• Jeff Weaver was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday and replaced on the roster by his brother Jered, who was recalled from the minors. Jeff Weaver, who has pitched for the Tigers, Yankees, Dodgers and Angels, is 81-97 in a big-league career that began in 1999. Jeff's 97 losses tie him with Livan Hernandez for the major-league high over the last eight seasons. No other pitcher has as many as 90 losses over the same span.
• Germany's Miroslav Klose became the first player to score five or more goals in each of two consecutive World Cups. The only other player to score five or more goals in any two World Cups was Peru's Teofilo Cubillas in 1970 and 1978. (Peru didn't qualify for the 1974 tournament.)
• Leonardo Franco, who replaced Roberto Abbondanzieri in the 71st minute for Argentina, was the first substitute goalkeeper ever used in a World Cup elimination match. (Fifteen sub keepers were used in group-play or third-place matches.) Franco was only the third sub goalkeeper in World Cup history to inherit a lead, and he was the first to surrender one.
• Italy beat Ukraine 3-0 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday. Italy had scored three (or more) goals in only one of its last 28 World Cup games: a 3-0 win over Cameroon in the 1998 group stage. Italy had not scored as many as three goals in a knockout game in World Cup play since winning the 1982 final over Germany, 3-1.
Italy won two other knockout games by at least three goals: 4-1 over Mexico in the 1970 quarterfinals and 7-1 vs. the USA in the first round in 1934.
Since 1974, only two of 41 games in the World Cup quarterfinals, semifinals or final were decided by at least three goals: Croatia over Germany in the 1998 quarters (3-0) and France over Brazil in the 1998 Final (3-0).
• Italy's first eight goals in the World Cup were scored by eight different players. In order, they are Andrea Pirlo, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alberto Gilardino, Marco Materazzi, Filippo Inzaghi, Francesco Totti, Gianluca Zambrotta and Luca Toni.
The only other team in World Cup history to have its first eight goals come from eight different players was Denmark in 1998.
• Gianluca Zambrotta ended Ukraine's shutout streak at 314 minutes with his sixth-minute goal. It was the second-longest shutout streak ever recorded by a team making its first appearance in the World Cup. The longest was by Italy in 1934 (331 minutes).
• Germany beat Argentina 4-2 in a penalty-kick shootout, after finishing in a 1-1 tie through 30 minutes of extra time in their World Cup quarterfinal match. Germany has made 17 of 18 penalty kicks in World Cup tiebreakers, including 15 in a row, spanning their victories over Argentina on Friday, England in 1990, and Mexico in 1986. (The only miss was by Uli Stielike in a PK win over France in 1982.)
• Four-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom signed a two-year contract extension with the Red Wings. Lidstrom's 80 points in 2005-06 were the most ever in one season by a Detroit defenseman. (Paul Coffey held the old mark with 77 points in 1993-94.) It was also the highest single-season point total by a defenseman on any NHL team since 1995-96, when Brian Leetch had 85 points for the Rangers and Ray Bourque scored 82 for the Bruins.
• Tie Domi, whose contract was bought out by the Maple Leafs on Friday, had 2,265 penalty minutes in 777 regular-season games for Toronto. Only three players in NHL history amassed more penalty minutes for one team than Domi did for the Leafs: Rob Ray (3,189 for the Sabres), Ken Daneyko (2,519 for the Devils) and Tim Hunter (2,405 for the Flames).
• Joe Ogilvie moved into contention at the Buick Championship by posting the low score of the second round with a 7-under-par 63. It was the fourth time in Ogilvie's PGA Tour career that he alone posted the low round in a tournament. The last time was the opening round of the 2005 Bay Hill Invitational, when Ogilvie shot a 68.
• Notah Begay III shot a bogey-free round during the second round of the Buick Championship. It was the first time that Begay recorded a bogey-free round on the PGA Tour since the second round of the 2004 Bob Hope Classic.
For Begay, a winner at the Buick Championship in 2000, it was his third bogey-free round at the Buick Championship, his highest total at any tournament on the PGA Tour.
• Through the first 36 holes of the Buick Championship, the scoring average was 34.75 on the front nine, 33.99 on the back nine. Not since 1990 had the front nine at the Buick played to such a high scoring average compared to the back nine through 36 holes. (Back in 1990, it was 35.53 on holes one through nine, 34.40 on holes 10 through 18.)