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Elias Says: September 19, 2017

Giants’ bad start is unprecedented

The Giants lost 19-3 to the Cowboys last week and dropped a 24-10 decision to the Lions on Monday night. This is the first time in Giants history that they lost each of their first two games of a season by at least 14 points. However, it should be noted that the Giants’ Super Bowl-winning 2007 team –– which was honored on Monday night –– lost its first game by 10 points at Dallas and its second game by 22 points at home to the Packers.

Stafford’s 122 passing yards his fewest in a win

Matthew Stafford tossed two touchdown passes, but threw for only 122 yards. That is Stafford’s lowest career passing yardage total in any of his 53 wins as a pro.

Kershaw’s streak ended by slam

Clayton Kershaw allowed a grand slam for the first time in his career on Monday night. That shot by Aaron Altherr ended Kershaw’s streak of 32 scoreless innings against the Phillies. That tied the longest shutout streak ever by any active pitcher versus one team; Felix Hernandez did not give up a run in 32 straight innings against the Twins from 2011 to 2013. It was also the longest scoreless streak for any pitcher against the Phillies since Tom Seaver threw 38 straight shutout innings versus Philadelphia from 1969 to 1970.

Olson joins York and McGwire as rookies with 14 HRs over 20 games

Matt Olson hit his 22nd home run of the season on Monday night and it was his 14th longball in his last 20 games. Olson has tied the major-league record for homers by a rookie over a 20-game span–– a mark set by Rudy York for the 1937 Tigers and matched by Mark McGwire of the 1987 Athletics.

Judge homers in first inning

Aaron Judge hit a first-inning home run in the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Twins. It was Judge’s 44th home run of the season, the second-most in the majors, but only his third in the first inning. Looking at it another way: Judge has averaged one home run per 23.2 at-bats in his first plate appearance of a game this season (5 in 116 at-bats), but one every 10 at-bats over the rest of the game (39 in 390 at-bats).

Benintendi is extra-inning hero

The Red Sox outlasted the Orioles in 11 innings, 10–8, for their 14th extra-inning win this season, the team’s most since 1943, when they won 15 games in extras. Andrew Benintendi’s two-out, two-run single in the 11th inning was the key hit for Boston. Benintendi is now batting .397 this season (23 for 58) with two outs and men in scoring position.

Stanton and Ozuna set franchise record

Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna each hit a home run for the Marlins in their 13–1 rout of the Mets in Miami. It was the 12th time that Stanton and Ozuna homered in the same game this season, which is the high this year for any pair of major-league teammates –– no other pair has done that more than nine times –– and a new Marlins franchise record. The old mark of 11 was set by Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez in 2004.

Braun belts 30th versus Pittsburgh

Ryan Braun’s home run at Pittsburgh on Monday night was his 30th lifetime against the Pirates. Braun has connected for more homers against two other teams than he has versus Pittsburgh: 41 vs. the Reds and 33 against the Cubs. No other player in Brewers history hit at least 30 home runs against one team. Aside from Braun, the highest total by a Brewers player against one team were Geoff Jenkins’ 28 versus Cincinnati.