Saturday, August 19, 2006
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
It's also only the third time in Yankees history that they scored at least a dozen runs in each of three straight games. They also did it in May 1936 and in May 1998.
The Yankees have drawn 28 walks in the first three games of this series. It's the most walks over any three consecutive nine-inning games for a major league team since the Giants drew 28 bases on balls over three games in August 2000. The last time the Yankees did it was in August 1938.
• The Yankees scored 12 runs Friday afternoon, 14 runs Friday night and 13 runs Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. They are the first visiting team to score 12-or-more runs in each of three straight games in the history of Fenway Park.
• Johnny Damon has had three hits in each of his last four games. He's the first player to do that since Edgar Renteria in May 2005 (also four straight games). The last Yankee to accomplish the feat was Steve Kemp in 1984.
• The Reds scored six runs in the first inning and seven runs in the seventh inning in their 14-7 win over the Pirates. Prior to tonight, the Pirates were the only team in the major leagues that had not allowed an inning of six-or-more runs this season.
It was exactly one year to the day the last time the Reds scored six-or-more runs in an inning twice in the same game. They did it against Arizona in a 17-3 win.
• The Blue Jays allowed seven first-inning runs Saturday afternoon. It was the first time this season that the Jays allowed seven-or-more runs in an inning. Since Pittsburgh also allowed seven runs in an inning tonight, Milwaukee is now the only major league team that has not allowed such an inning this season.
• The Orioles beat the Blue Jays, 15-0, Saturday afternoon. It was the second largest margin of victory in a shutout since this franchise moved from St. Louis to Baltimore in 1954. The Orioles beat the White Sox, 17-0, on July 27, 1969 on the strength of two home runs by Frank Robinson and a 2-hitter by Jim Hardin.
• Greg Maddux retired 32 straight batters over a two-game span: the last 22 batters he faced in his first start with the Dodgers against the Giants last Sunday night, and the first 10 batters he faced Saturday night, also against the Giants. That was the longest streak of consecutive batters retired for any major league pitcher since Randy Johnson retired 39 straight batters in 2004, 27 of which occurred in his perfect game against the Braves on May 18.
• Saturday's baseball action produced nine separate innings in which a team scored five-or-more runs. That's the most such innings in one day since Aug. 21, 2005 (also nine).
• Chris Duncan went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Cardinals loss to the Cubs. Duncan has a slugging percentage of .731 in 108 at-bats since July 14. Only three players in the major leagues have a higher slugging percentage than Duncan since that date (minimum: 100 at-bats): Alfonso Soriano (.762), Adam LaRoche (.748) and Ryan Howard (.733).
• Robinson Tejeda retired the first 13 batters he faced tonight while his mound opponent, Nate Robertson, retired the first 12 batters he faced. It's only the third major league game since 1994 in which both starting pitchers retired the first 12-or-more batters. It also happened in 1998 (Minnesota's Bob Tewksbury and Baltimore's Scott Erickson) and 2004 (Cincinnati's Cory Lidle and San Francisco's Kirk Rueter).
• Barry Zito's walk of Mike Sweeney in the third inning ended a streak of 120 consecutive batters faced without a walk for Oakland starting pitchers. That was one shy of the longest such streak for any team's starting pitchers this season. Cincinnati starters went 121 batters faced without a base on balls in April.
• Garrett Atkins made one of the Rockies' two errors in the Mets' six-run sixth inning in Colorado's 7-4 loss to the Mets. It was the eighth error Atkins has made with Jeff Francis on the mound this season. That's the most errors for any fielder behind any pitcher in the majors this season.
• It was a dual celebration at Shea Stadium. The Mets overcame a four-run deficit in their win over the Rockies. It was the fifth time this season the Mets won a game in which they trailed by four-or-more runs, the second-most among National League teams, behind Cincinnati (7).
The other celebration occurred before the game in a ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the 1986 Championship team. That team finished 21½ games ahead of the second-place Phillies in the N.L. East. Since 1900, only four other major league teams finished a season with that large a margin over the second-place club in their league or division: the 1995 Indians (30 games in A.L. Central), 1902 Pirates (27½ in N.L.), 1998 Yankees (22 in A.L. East) and 1999 Indians (21½ in A.L. Central).
• Forty-three year old Jamie Moyer was traded by the Mariners to the Phillies. Over the last 35 years, only four players as old as Moyer played for more than one team in a season: Gaylord Perry in 1983 at age 45 (Seattle and Kansas City), Pete Rose in 1984 at age 43 (Montreal and Cincinnati) Phil Niekro in 1987 at age 48 (Cleveland, Toronto and Atlanta) and Jesse Orosco in 2003 at age 46 (San Diego, Yankees and Minnesota).
The most former winners in the top ten heading into the final round of a PGA Championship is five, and occurred in 1976 at Congressional. That year Jack Nicklaus, Don January, Dave Stockton, Gary Player and Raymond Floyd all stood in the top ten chasing Charles Coody. Stockton ended beating both Floyd and January by a stroke for the victory while Coody struggled in that final round shooting 77.
• In what should be a fabulous final round Sunday at Medinah at the PGA Championship, three former winners of the PGA stand in the top ten on the leaderboard. This is the second consecutive year where three former winners of the PGA stood in the top ten of the leader board heading into the final round of play. Last year Davis Love III, Steve Elkington and Vijay Singh were all in position for another PGA Championship. Prior to last year, you have to go back to 1987 to find that many former champions in the top ten heading into the final round. That year, Raymond Floyd, Lanny Wadkins and Larry Nelson all stood in the top ten while chasing Mark McCumber and D.A. Weibring. Nelson ended up defeating Wadkins in a playoff for his second PGA Championship.
• The Red Bulls have been held scoreless in each of Bruce Arena's first two games as head coach. In Arena's time as head coach of D.C. United (1996-1998) his team was shut out in consecutive games only once -- in the first two games of Arena's MLS coaching career (April 6-13, 1996).