Thursday, July 6, 2006
Updated: July 7, 6:27 PM ET
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Jim Thome and David Ortiz each had two home runs, a grand slam and six runs batted in Tuesday night. It's the first time that two players had two-plus homers, a slam and six-plus RBI on the same day since Marcus Giles (Braves) and Rafael Palmeiro (Rangers) did it on July 28, 2003.
• Orlando Cabrera's fifth-inning single off Oakland's Esteban Loaiza extended to 63 his streak of consecutive games reaching base on a hit, a walk or being hit by a pitch. That's the longest single-season streak by any major-leaguer since Ted Williams had an 84-game streak in 1949.
Cabrera has batted .303 with a .372 on-base percentage during his streak; in 63 games, he has three home runs and 32 RBI.
Williams batted .371 and had a .518 on-base percentage during his streak; in those 84 games, he had 24 home runs and 80 RBI. It was fashioned in the heat of the classic Red Sox-Yankees pennant race that was decided on the season's final day, when the Yankees beat the Sox 5-3, thereby winning the American League pennant. Williams' streak ended on Sept. 28 at Washington, when he went 0-for-3 vs. Ray Scarborough; the Red Sox sent only 29 batters to the plate in the game, so Williams, batting third, had only three plate appearances in Boston's 2-1 loss.
• Ryan Zimmerman singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to give the Nationals an 8-7 win against Florida. It's the third time since June 18 that Zimmerman has sent the Washington crowd home with a game-ending hit. He's the first rookie in 20 years with three "walk-off" hits in less than a month. The last to do it was Ruben Sierra for the Rangers in 1986.
• Livan Hernandez allowed seven runs in less than two innings, but then the Washington bullpen pitched 9 1/3 shutout innings, allowing only three hits, before Zimmerman's game-winning single. It's been eight years since the last relief corps threw more than nine shutout innings while allowing fewer than four hits. The Giants' bullpen did that on Opening Day of the 1998 season in a 13-inning win at Houston (9 1/3 innings and one hit in a 9-4 victory).
• Randy Johnson earned his 10th win of the season Tuesday night. Kenny Rogers has 11 wins for Detroit and Tom Glavine has 11 victories for the Mets. It's the first time that three pitchers age 40 or older have won 10-plus games before the All-Star break in the same season.
• Derek Jeter went 3-for-4 in Thursday's win at Cleveland and was 8-for-15 in the four-game series. That raised his career average at Jacobs Field to .376 (67-for-178), the highest for any player who has had at least 100 at-bats in that park.
• Aaron Guiel scored three runs in his Yankees debut, becoming the first player to score three times in his first game for the Yankees since Spike Owen did that (also at Cleveland) in April 1993.
• Greg Maddux, who started the season 5-0, took the loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, dropping his record to 7-9. The last two pitchers to win their first five decisions in a season and still post a losing record at the All-Star break were Jerry Garvin of the 1977 Blue Jays (7-9 at the break) and Jerry Koosman of the 1973 Mets (8-9 at the break).
• Milwaukee's Chris Capuano threw a complete-game shutout against Chicago. He has now thrown 28 consecutive scoreless innings against the Cubs, the longest current scoreless streak by one pitcher against one team. Next longest: Felix Hernandez has a streak of 24 1/3 scoreless innings against the Phillies.
• Steve Trachsel earned the win in the Mets' 7-5 victory against Pittsburgh. Trachsel is 6-0 over his last six starts, and he has thrown fewer than seven innings in all of those games. Only two other pitchers in major-league history won six or more consecutive starts in a single season while pitching fewer than seven innings in each game: Oakland's Ted Lilly in 2003 and Toronto's Tom Filer in 1985.
• Cliff Floyd began the Mets' scoring with a two-run double in the second inning off Pirates rookie left-hander Tom Gorzelanny. Floyd entered the four-game series against Pittsburgh batting .059 (2-for-34) against left-handers, but he was 3-for-6 against Pirates southpaws this week.
• Jeff Francoeur singled with two out in the bottom of the 10th, driving home the winning run in the Braves' victory against Cincinnati. Francoeur leads the National League with 33 two-out RBI this season.
• Chipper Jones scored the winning run for Atlanta after his one-out double in the 10th inning. Jones has an extra-base hit in eight straight games, tying the longest streak in the major leagues this season. Morgan Ensberg and Kevin Mench each had eight-game streaks earlier this year.
• The Cardinals lost against rookie starting pitcher Chuck James in Atlanta on Wednesday night and were defeated by rookie Taylor Buchholz and the Astros on Thursday night. The last time St. Louis lost consecutive games -- with the opponent starting a rookie pitcher in each game -- was in August 2001 (the Cubs and Juan Cruz and then the Padres and Brian Lawrence).
• Josh Barfield went 4-for-4 in the Padres' win at Philadelphia. In the last 15 years the only other San Diego rookie to bat 1.000 in a game with at least four at-bats was Ben Davis on Sept. 15, 1999. Davis also went 4-for-4.
• Pedro Martinez was placed on the disabled list Tuesday. Since 1998, his first season with the Red Sox, Pedro ranks third in the major leagues in wins (79) but is only tied for 14th in the majors in games started (248).