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Elias Says: April 12, 2017

“Elias Says” for April 12, 2017

Information researched by Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.

Céspedes, Mets feel right at home at Citizens Bank Park

Yoenis Céspedes hit three of the Mets seven home runs in New York’s 14-4 bashing of the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Céspedes became the first player in Mets history with multiple three home run games, having also gone deep three times in a New York uniform on August 21, 2015 at Coors Field.

Céspedes has now hit eight home runs in 61 career at bats at Citizens Bank Park. The only player with a better home-run ratio than Céspedes (one HR every 7.6 AB) at the Phillies current home (minimum: 50 AB) is Edwin Encarnación, who has 12 homers in 71 at bats in that ballpark (one HR every 5.9 AB).

The Mets have now hit seven or more home runs in a game three times at Citizens Bank Park since the Phillies began playing their home games there in 2004. New York hit seven homers in Philadelphia on April 19, 2005 and went deep eight times there on August 24, 2015. No other team in major-league history has had three games with seven or home runs at a visiting ballpark. The only other teams with two such games are the Reds at Fulton County Stadium and at Wrigley Field, the Braves at Wrigley Field and the Yankees at Shibe Park.

Another late rally for the Angels

After coming back from a seven-run deficit to win in the ninth inning against the Mariners on Sunday, the Angels rallied back from a 5-0 deficit in the seventh inning to defeat the Rangers by a score of 6-5 in 10 innings on Tuesday. The Angels are just the fifth team in major-league history to overcome a deficit of five or more runs in the seventh inning or later to win in consecutive games, joining the Cardinals (1911), Indians (1942), Dodgers (1953) and Yankees (1991).

Indians follow Cubs lead with walk-off win in home opener

Michael Brantley’s double with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Francisco Lindor with the winning run giving the Indians a 2-1 victory in their home opener on Tuesday. It’s the first time Cleveland won its home opener in walk-off fashion in 18 years, since the Indians beat the Royals, 5-2, on a three-run home run by Travis Fryman in the bottom of the 10th in the first game played at Jacobs Field in 1999.

The American League Champions won their home opener with a game-ending hit a day after the World Champion Cubs opened their home schedule with a victory in the bottom of the ninth inning. This marks the second time in major league history that each of the defending league champions won its home opener in walk-off fashion. The only other time that happened was in 1960 when the White Sox and Dodgers did it after playing each other in the 1959 World Series.

Margot brings back memories of Lou Brock

Manuel Margot homered in the top of the first inning, the second time he has hit a leadoff home run in the nine games San Diego has played this season, but it went for naught in the Padres’ 3-2 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday. Margot is the first rookie with multiple leadoff home runs within his team’s first nine games of a season since Lou Brock led off two of the Cubs’ first seven games with homers in 1962.

Ozuna drives in six with two official at bats

Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-2 with two homers and six RBIs in the Marlins’ 8-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday. There have been over 2,000 instances of a player producing at least six RBIs in a game since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920. But Ozuna was only the ninth player to knock in at least six runs with two or fewer official at bats in a game, and the first to do that in nearly 17 years, since San Diego’s Bret Boone went 2-for-2 with six ribbies against the Astros in June 10, 2000.

Vazquez produces from the ninth spot in the order

Christian Vazquez went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs out of the ninth spot in the batting order leading the Red Sox to an 8-1 win over the Orioles on Tuesday. That marked the second time Vazquez went 4-for-4 or better while batting ninth in his career, having also done that on September 25, 2014 against the Rays. No other active player has done that from the ninth spot in the batting order more than once.

McCann goes deep again in Tigers’ win

James McCann’s two-run home run in the fifth inning, his third long ball of the season, lifted the Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Twins on Tuesday afternoon. McCann is the first catcher in Tigers’ franchise history to hit at least three home runs through the team’s first seven games of a season.

The Tigers have hit at least one home run in each of their first seven games this season. That ties the longest such streak to begin a season in Detroit’s franchise history, equaling the mark originally set in 2014.

Murphy blasts Cardinals with four hits and five RBIs

Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs leading the Nationals to an 8-3 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday. The only other second baseman in Expos/Nationals history to produce at least four hits and five RBIs in a game is Mike Lansing, who did that for the Montreal Expos against the Giants on May 7, 1997.

Jays drop sixth straight home opener

The Blue Jays lost their sixth consecutive home opener, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Brewers on Tuesday night. The only other major-league team with a current six-game losing streak in home openers is the Phillies (six straight).

Gattis comes through with the bags full

Evan Gattis drove in three runs with a pinch-hit bases-loaded double in the sixth inning giving the Astros a lead they would never relinquish in Houston’s victory over Seattle on Tuesday. Gattis hit just .176 (3-for-17) with the bases-loaded last season, which was the fourth lowest average among American League players with 15 or more at bats with the bags full, ahead of Carlos Santana (.125), Miguel Cabrera (.125) and Max Kepler (.167).

Kings fans witness Lawson’s first triple-double and Hield’s first 30-point game

Ty Lawson produced his first career triple-double and teammate Buddy Hield scored 30 points for the first time in his career in Sacramento’s win over the Suns on Tuesday night. There have been only six other instances in NBA history of a player registering his first career triple-double and a teammate scoring 30 or more points for the first time in the same game. The only other teammates to do that are Baltimore’s Leroy Ellis (triple-double) and Earl Monroe (32 points) on December 12, 1967, Minnesota’s Tyrone Corbin (triple-double) and Pooh Richardson (31 points) on January 2, 1991, Philadelphia’s Clarence Weatherspoon (triple-double) and Tim Perry (31 points) on February 7, 1994, Milwaukee’s Sam Cassell (triple-double) and Michael Redd (35 points) on December 9, 2002, Philadelphia’s Tony Wroten (triple-double) and James Anderson (36 points) on November 13, 2013 and Memphis’ Matt Barnes (triple-double) and Lance Stephenson (33 points) on March 11, 2016.

Lawson produced his first career triple-double in his 551st career game. There are 78 other active players that have registered at least one triple-double in their career, but only six of those produced their first triple-double as late into their careers as Lawson: Zach Randolph (974th game), Matt Barnes (839th game), Tony Parker (826th game), Dirk Nowitzki (729th game), David West (633rd game) and Paul Millsap (600th game).

Towns breaks Timberwolves record for points in a season

Karl-Anthony Towns set the Timberwolves team record for points in a season (2,033) in Minnesota’s loss to the Thunder on Tuesday night. The only other active players who own their current franchises record for points in a season are the Pelicans Anthony Davis (set the club mark this season) and Cleveland’s LeBron James (2005-06).

Another big game for Harris

Gary Harris made six of his 10 field-goal attempts and scored 20 points leading the Nuggets to a win over the Mavericks on Tuesday. Harris has scored 20 or more points while making at least 60 percent of his field-goal attempts in seven games since the All-Star break. Those are the most such games for any starting guard over that span, ahead of Mike Conley (six).

Everyone contributes in Hawks big win

Thirteen players scored and had at least one rebound for the Hawks in the team’s win over the Hornets on Tuesday. It’s the third time in the Hawks’ franchise history at least 13 players produced at least one point and one rebound in a game, having also done that on November 28, 2015 against the Spurs and on December 26, 2016 against the Timberwolves.