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GIANTS SWEEP DODGERS WITHOUT ALLOWING A RUN
From Elias: Tim Lincecum allowed four hits over seven innings in a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers, completing the Giants' three-game sweep in which the Dodgers failed to score a run. It marked the first time since the Giants moved to San Francisco that they shut out an opponent in a series of three or more games. Their last such series was played in April 1954, with complete-game shutouts by Marv Grissom, Sal Maglie, and Johnny Antonelli against the Phillies.
But of even greater historical significance, it was the first time in the entire history of the Dodgers--whether in Brooklyn dating back to the 19th century or in LA since 1957--that the team failed to score in a series of three or more games.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE YANKEES WHEN THERE AIN'T NO MO?
From Elias: Rafael Soriano recorded his 11th save since June 1 in the Yankees' 5-4 win over the Indians. So in his first full month as the Yankees' closer, Soriano matched the highest monthly save total ever recorded by ... wait for it ... Mariano Rivera. Rivera recorded 11 saves in one calendar month six times, most recently in June 2004.
Soriano made Wednesday's save an adventure, walking in a run with two outs in the ninth before retiring the final batter with the tying run on third base. He has been perfect in only six of his 17 saves this season (35%). Among the 24 pitchers with at least 10 saves, that's the second-lowest percentage. Only Jonathan Broxton (26%) and John Axford (31%) have retired every batter they faced in a lower percentage of their saves than Soriano.
FOUR METS BATTERS RAKE CUBS AT WRIGLEY
From Elias: Four players accounted for all the RBI in the Mets' 17-1 victory at Wrigley Field: David Wright (5), Ike Davis (4), Scott Hairston (4), and Daniel Murphy (4). It was only the fourth game in major-league history in which four teammates drove in at least four runs each. The most recent team to do that was the Rangers in a 30-3 win over the Orioles in 2007, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia (7), Ramon Vazquez (7), Marlon Byrd (4), and Travis Metcalf (4) doing the heavy lifting.
It was the 11th time that the Mets scored at least 17 runs in a game, but their fifth such game at Wrigley Field--which is to say, four more than they have recorded in their own home parks. The Mets' only home game of 17 or more runs was a 17-3 victory over the Marlins at Shea Stadium in 2006.
MURPHY DEFIES THE ODDSMAKERS
From Elias: The second-most surprising play in the Mets' rout at Wrigley Field was Daniel Murphy's home run in the fourth inning, which ended his streak of 352 at-bats without a homer. The most surprising play was Murphy's second homer of the game in his next AB. The last player to end a homerless streak as long as Murphy's with back-to-back blasts was Chris Gomez of the Padres in 1998 (374 AB).
BAUTISTA SETS JAYS RECORD FOR HOMERS IN ONE MONTH
From Elias: Jose Bautista's home run in the Blue Jays' 10-4 loss at Fenway Park was his 13th since June 1, setting a new team record for homers in one calendar month. The previous record was set by Carlos Delgado in August 1999. It was tied by Jose Cruz Jr in August 2001 and Bautista twice during the 2010 season (May and August).
JONES IN ATLANTA = MUSIAL IN ST. LOUIS
From Elias: Chipper Jones's home run in the Braves' 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks was his 252nd in home games--all for the Braves, of course. That moved Jones past Lou Gehrig into a tie with Stan Musial for 12th place in major-league history in home-game homers for one team.
OZZIE CALLS, LOMO DELIVERS
From Elias: Logan Morrison hit a tie-breaking pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Marlins to a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals. It was only the third game-winning home run by a pinch-hitter for Ozzie Guillen since his major-league managerial debut in 2004. The others were by Juan Uribe in 2004 and Dewayne Wise in 2008.
GREINKE'S ON A ROLL ON THE ROAD
From Elias: Zack Greinke improved his record to 9-2 with a victory at Cincinnati on Wednesday. Greinke has won his last three decisions on the road, a modest achievement for most successful pitchers but a first within one season for Greinke, who has won 85 games in his major-league career. Every other active pitcher with even half as many career victories as Greinke has won three straight road decisions at some point except for one: Paul Maholm (57 career wins).
A'S MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR 2 HITS
From Elias: The A's managed only two hits at Safeco Field on Wednesday, but they downed the Mariners on home runs by Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes. It marked the first time since the Athletics moved to Oakland in 1968 that they won a road game on two or fewer hits.
On September 18, 1960, the Kansas City A's posted a 3-2 win at Cleveland despite managing only two hits off the Indians' pitchers, Bobby Locke and Don Newcombe. One of those hits was a two-run homer by Dick Williams┐the same Dick Williams who later managed the A's to consecutive World Series titles (1972 and 1973). In the interim, the Athletics lost 76 consecutive road games in which they were held to fewer than three hits.
McDONALD OVERCOMES SHAKY START IN BUCS' WIN
From Elias: James McDonald settled down after allowing back-to-back home runs to Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz in the first inning, pitching into the sixth inning to earn a victory in the Pirates' 11-7 victory at Philadelphia. McDonald was only the third Pirates pitcher in the last 50 years to win a game in which he allowed two homers in the first inning. The others were Steve Blass in 1969 and Todd Ritchie in 1999.
SOX POUND TWINS AT TARGET FIELD
From Elias: The White Sox posted a 12-5 victory at Minnesota, producing 21 hits against Twins pitchers. It was the second time that the Chisox recorded 20 or more hits in a game at Target Field, as many times as the Twins themselves have done so.
Adam Dunn, Kevin Youkilis, and Alex Rios--three players who would gladly turn back the clock to 2007--reprised their glory days in a unique way. All three players had three hits on Wednesday, marking the first time they had ever done so on the same day.
DOWNS HOMERS IN ASTROS' 1-0 WIN
From Elias: Matt Downs became only the third Astros player to hit a home run in a 1-0 win at Minute Maid Park, as Houston defeated San Diego on Wednesday night. The others were Lance Berkman against the Reds in 2002 and Brad Ausmus against the Cubs in 2006.
ANGELS' BATS ERUPT AT CAMDEN YARDS AGAIN
From Elias: The Angels completed a mini-sweep of their two-game series at Baltimore with a 13-1 victory. Los Angeles recorded 33 hits in the series, marking its highest two-game total since August 2009, when they amassed 35 hits in the same building: Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
NATS TURN IT LOOSE AT COORS FIELD
From Elias: The Nationals opened a 12-4 lead in Tuesday's victory at Coors Field, and they ran out to an 8-0 lead in Wednesday's win over the Rockies. In eight seasons since moving to Washington, this was only the second time that the Nats led by eight runs in consecutive games. The other pair of laughers was in 2005 at--you guessed it--Coors Field.