Saturday, September 9, 2006
Updated: September 10, 10:19 AM ET
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Barry Bonds hit his 731st career home run in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Padres on Saturday. Eighty-five of Bonds' home runs have been hit against San Diego, the most by any active player against any major league team. A home-run record Bonds will not break is one held by Babe Ruth -- most career home runs by one player against a single team. Ruth hit 123 home runs against the Tigers. Hank Aaron's highest home-run total against any single team: 97 vs. Cincinnati.
• Jason Schmidt struck out 10 batters in the Giants' win, his 27th game with 10 or more strikeouts since the start of the 2002 season. Only four pitchers have more 10-K games over that span: Randy Johnson (37), Johan Santana (31), Pedro Martinez (30) and Curt Schilling (29).
• The Royals beat the Red Sox 10-4 in 12 innings, clinching the season series against Boston. If the Royals finish with the worst record in baseball, it will be only the fourth time in franchise history that the Red Sox lost the season series to such a team. They also did it in 1907 (9-12 vs. Washington), 1933 (9-13 vs. St. Louis) and 1959 (10-12 vs. Washington).
• Greg Maddux made his 30th start of the season in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss at Shea Stadium. It's the 17th time that Maddux has made at least 30 starts, tying him with Steve Carlton and Gaylord Perry for the fifth-most such seasons in major league history, behind Don Sutton (20) Cy Young (19), Warren Spahn (18) and Phil Niekro (18).
• Chien-Ming Wang was the winning pitcher for the Yankees in Baltimore and he tied Johan Santana and Jon Garland for the major-league lead in wins. Seven Yankees pitchers have finished a season as the major-league leader in wins in a season (or tied for the lead): Jack Chesbro (1904), Al Orth (1906), Carl Mays (1921), Catfish Hunter (1975), Ron Guidry (1978), Jimmy Key (1994) and David Cone (1998).
With his win, Wang's career record improved to 25-10. Since 1982, only three other pitchers won at least 25 of their first 35 decisions for the Yankees: Cone (27-8), Bob Wickman (26-9) and Key (28-7).
• Derek Jeter extended his career-high hitting streak to 19 games in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Orioles. Among the 18 current major-league players with at least 2,000 career hits, only five have never fashioned a single-season hitting streak of at least 20 games: Craig Biggio (whose longest streak is 18 games), Barry Bonds (15), Omar Vizquel (18), Ken Griffey Jr. (16) and Jeter (19 and counting).
• The Twins' 2-1 win over the Tigers was their 82nd victory this year, clinching another winning season for Ron Gardenhire. The Twins have had a winning record in each of Gardenhire's five seasons as a major-league manager. The last manager to post a winning record in each of his first five seasons in the majors was Terry Collins (1994-98; the first three years with Houston, the last two with the Angels).
The record for such a thing belongs to Joe McCarthy, who had a winning mark in all 24 of his seasons as a major-league manager with the Cubs (five seasons), Yankees (16) and Red Sox (three).
• Cla Meredith pitched two scoreless innings in the Padres' 5-4 loss to the Giants, extending his shutout streak to 31 innings. It's the longest scoreless streak by a rookie relief pitcher in the live-ball era, breaking a mark set by Jeff Zimmerman of the Rangers in 1999.
• If not for Ryan Howard, Adam LaRoche might be the MVP of the second half in the National League. LaRoche ranks third in the league in batting average since the All-Star break (.363), behind Howard (.370) and Luke Scott (.369); second in slugging percentage (.774) behind Howard (.840); third in home runs (17) behind Howard (28) and Alfonso Soriano (18); and second in RBI (46) behind Howard (67).
• The Indians announced that Travis Hafner will miss the remainder of the season due to a hairline fracture in the fourth metacarpal of his right hand. Over the last three seasons, Hafner had a .308 batting average with 103 home runs and 334 RBI. Only one other player in the major leagues has reached those levels in all three categories: Albert Pujols (.327, 131, 356).
• We hope U like this one. Chase Utley and Dan Uggla hit home runs in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Phillies. It was the first time in major league history that two players whose last name begins with the letter "U" hit home runs in the same game. Unreal.
• Jason Wood had a pinch-hit single in the Marlins' win over the Phillies -- his first hit in the major leagues since Oct. 1, 1999. Wood's span of six years, 343 days between hits is the longest by any non-pitcher since Warren Cromartie went seven years, 208 days between hits from 1983-91 (Cromartie played baseball in Japan from 1984-90).
• Jason Bay's home run leading off the second inning snapped a hitless streak of 14 at-bats, matching the second-longest drought of his career. Bay went 14 at-bats without a hit in 2004 and 18 at-bats without a hit in 2005.
• For the 12th consecutive Red Sox game, neither David Ortiz nor Manny Ramirez hit a home run, equaling the longest such streak in their four years as Red Sox teammates. Both players missed a lot of time during those games: Ortiz is 4-for-17 in four games during that span; Ramirez is 2-for-16 in five games.
• Jose Burciaga recorded two assists Saturday, giving him six goals and seven assists this season. The only other defender in MLS history to have six of each in one season was Lubos Kubik, who had seven goals and eight assists for Chicago in 1998.
• Pat Noonan scored the only goal in the Revolution's 1-0 victory over the Red Bulls. It was Noonan's first goal of the 2006 season, snapping a streak of 1,513 minutes without scoring that dated back to Sept. 6, 2005. We didn't see that coming: Noonan was one of only four players to score at least eight goals in each of the previous three seasons (2003-2005). The others: Edson Buddle, Carlos Ruiz and Taylor Twellman.
Of course, Noonan's goal came against the Red Bulls. Noonan has scored 30 goals in his career, 11 of which (37 percent) have come against the Metro Stars/Red Bulls franchise. That's the highest percentage of goals against one team among the 89 players with at least 20 goals in MLS history.
• Amado Guevara received a red card for the fourth consecutive season. He's the only player to get ejected at least once in each of the last four seasons.
• C.J. Brown scored the Fire's second goal in a 2-1 win over the Crew, snapping his goal-scoring drought of 201 games. That was the second longest such streak in MLS history, dating back to Brown's rookie season of 1998, when he scored two goals. The only field player with a longer goal-scoring drought was Robin Fraser, who scored in his 10th MLS match as a rookie in 1996, then failed to score in his final 250 regular-season games. The longest current streak now belongs to D.C. United's Brandon Prideaux (182 games).
• Jeff Cunningham set up Chris Klein's goal Saturday, giving him 10 assists to go along with 15 goals this season. There have been nine other 15-goal, 10-assist seasons in MLS history, but all nine were between 1996 and 2001. The last player to do it was Miami's Diego Serna in 2001 (15 goals, 15 assists).