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Elias Says: Aug. 10, 2017

Cruz on his A-game versus Oakland

Nelson Cruz’s two home runs and three RBIs powered the Mariners to a 6–3 win at Oakland. Cruz has driven in 22 runs against the Athletics this season, the second-highest total for any major-league player versus one team; Miguel Sano has racked up 23 RBIs against the Royals.

Herrera nails back-to-back triples

Odubel Herrera tripled in the first inning and connected for another three-bagger in the third inning on Wednesday night. Herrera is the first Phillies player in more than 25 years to hit a triple in each of his first two plate appearances of a game. That had last been done for Philadelphia by Lenny Dykstra in 1991.

Bumgarner dominates Cubs

Madison Bumgarner allowed only a solo homer run by Albert Amora, Jr. in seven innings and earned the win in a 3–1 triumph over the Cubs. Bumgarner is 9–2 (.818) with a 2.17 ERA lifetime against the Cubs. In the more than 100 years since earned runs were first officially calculated in the majors, the only pitchers who made at least 10 starts against the Cubs and had both as high a winning percentage and as low an ERA against them as Bumgarner are John Tudor (10–2, 1.65 ERA) and Randy Johnson (13–0, 1.91 ERA).

Gallo hot in August

Joey Gallo connected for a two-run homer in the first inning at Citi Field and the Rangers went on to defeat the Mets, 5–1. Gallo entered August batting .197 this season, but in eight games this month he is batting .370 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs. The only other major-league players who hit at least seven homers and drove in 14-plus runs over an eight-game span this year are rookies Aaron Judge (from late April to early May) and Cody Bellinger (in June).

Blackmon’s extra special day

Charlie Blackmon singled in the 10th inning and then cracked a home run in the 12th inning of the Rockies’ 3–2 win at Cleveland. The only other Rockies player ever to record two hits––including a home run––in extra innings of one game was Michael Cuddyer in 2012. Cuddyer did that in the same extra frame––coming through with a single and home run in the 10th inning of a win at Detroit. Blackmon had only one extra-base hit in his 38 career extra-inning at-bats before his game-winning shot on Wednesday.

Zimmerman: 4-for-4 with four RBI-hits

Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs, an RBI-double and a run-scoring single in his four at-bats against the Marlins on Wednesday night. The only other major-league player this season to go 4-for-4 or better in a game––with an RBI-hit in each at-bat––was Scooter Gennett (in his 5-for-5, four-homer, 10-RBI game).

Wood improves to 14–1

Alex Wood improved to 14–1 with a victory against the Diamondbacks. Four other active pitchers won at least 14 of their first 15 decisions in a season: Ubaldo Jimenez (2010), Jered Weaver (2012), Max Scherzer (2013) and Stephen Strasburg (2016).

Tigers blank Pirates

The Tigers blanked the Pirates 10–0 in Detroit. It was their 10th double-digit shutout win in the last 10 years and all 10 of those games were played at Comerica Park! The Tigers’ last such victory on the road came in Arlington in June 2007.

Molina is oldie but goodie

Yadier Molina’s home run with the bases loaded on Wednesday night was the 91st grand slam hit in the majors this season but only the second by a player age 35 or older; the first was by Albert Pujols.

Cooper strokes four hits

Garrett Cooper stroked four hits in the Yankees’ win at Toronto. Cooper is the first Yankees rookie ever to have a four-hit game against the Blue Jays.

Nunez a big hit with Boston

Eduardo Nunez was 2-for-5 in the Red Sox’ win against the Rays on Wednesday night and he leads the majors with eight multi-hit games since making his debut with Boston on July 28.

Puello drives in game-winning run in MLB debut

Cesar Puello, playing in his first big-league game, drove in C.J. Cron with a single to give the Angels a 2–1 lead over the Orioles. That tally stood up as the decisive run in the Angels’ 5–1 victory. Cron also recorded a game-winning RBI for the Angels in his major-league debut back in 2014. Aside from Puello, three other players this year were credited with a game-winning RBI in their first major-league game: Jae-Gyun Hwang (Giants), Jackson Stephens (Reds) and Kyle Farmer (Dodgers).

Bregman’s 10th straight game with an extra-base hit

Alex Bregman extended his streak of games with an extra-base hit to 10 on Wednesday night with a double against the White Sox. Bregman is the first major-league player with a 10-game XBH streak this season and he has tied the Astros’ record in that category, set by Richard Hidalgo in 2000.

Colon throws seven scoreless innings

Bartolo Colon threw seven shutout innings in the Twins’ 4–0 victory over the Brewers. It was Colon’s fifth career win against Milwaukee. The first came on July 2, 1998, when he beat them with help from home runs by Indians teammates Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome and Shawon Dunston.