Stats & Info insights into this morning's top sports stories
1. GOING, GOING BRAUN: Ryan Braun was a one-man wrecking crew for the Milwaukee Brewers in San Diego. Braun hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career and even added a RBI-triple in the ninth inning. Braun became the first player with a 3-HR game at Pecto Park, which opened in 2004. He also became the sixth player in the Live-Ball Era with three HR and a triple in a game, and the first since Fred Lynn in 1975. Braun’s 15 total bases set a Brewers franchise record (previous record was 14 by Richie Sexson). He also tied a career high with six RBI.
2. KEMP TOUCH THIS: Matt Kemp hit his major-league leading 12th HR of the season in the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Kemp's 12 HR by April 30 are the fifth-most in MLB history. Kemp finished April with a .417 BA, 12 HR and 25 RBI. He's just the third player since 1920 (when RBI became official) to hit .400 with 10+ HR and 25+ RBI in the month April (excludes any March games) joining Larry Walker in 1997 and Tony Perez in 1970.
3. KNICKS TIE RECORD: The New York Knicks tied a NBA record by losing their 12th consecutive postseason game, falling to the Miami Heat in Game 2. New York’s last win in the playoffs came more than 11 years ago on April 29, 2001.
4. MAVERICKS IN A HOLE: The Oklahoma City Thunder took a 2-0 lead in their series against the defending NBA champs with a three-point win over the Dallas Mavericks. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that it’s the fourth time in NBA history that a defending champion has lost its first two playoff games and the previous three all went on to lose the series. Keep in mind that two NBA defending champions missed the postseason entirely the following season -- the 1970 Celtics and 1999 Bulls.
5. YU GOT IT: The Texas Rangers improved to 5-0 this season with Yu Darvish on the mound with a 4-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays. Darvish gave up one earned run in seven innings and struck out nine batters to earn his fourth win. Darvish became the sixth rookie starting pitcher to go 4-0 or better in April since rules for rookie status were implemented in 1957.