Date: July 24, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Colon almost perfect at Safeco Field

From Elias: Bartolo Colon had a perfect game for the first 6 2/3 innings and earned the victory in the Mets' 3-2 decision over the Mariners. Colon improved to 13-1 (.929) at Safeco Field, giving him the highest winning percentage for a visiting pitcher with at least 10 wins at any park since Dave McNally was 13-1 for the Orioles at RFK Stadium (then the home of the Washington Senators) from 1963 to 1971.


Cabrera ends his worst homerless drought with men on base

From Elias: Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer put the finishing touch on the Tigers' 11-5 victory over the Diamondbacks. That hit ended Cabrera's regular-season streak of 63 consecutive homerless at-bats with at least one man on base (dating back to a two-run shot against the Mariners on May 30), the longest home-run drought of his career in those situations. Of course we say regular-season at-bats because Cabrera connected for a two-run homer in the first inning of last week's All-Star Game.


Cobb vexes Cardinals with 10 Ks and game-winning RBI

From Elias: Alex Cobb struck out 10 batters and his run-scoring double in the second inning gave the Rays a 1-0 lead in Wednesday night's 3-0 victory over the Cardinals. Cobb is the first major-league pitcher this season with at least 10 strikeouts and a game-winning RBI in the same game (Max Scherzer, Mike Minor and Adam Wainwright did it last year) and he's the first to do that against St. Louis since Hideo Nomo in 1996.

De La Rosa

De La Rosa: 11 strikeouts and no walks at Coors

From Elias: Jorge De La Rosa struck out 11 batters and did not issue a walk in his win against the Nationals in Denver. The only pitcher to record more strikeouts without a walk in a game at Coors Field was Randy Johnson, in a 14-K performance for the Diamondbacks in 2001.


Reynolds' first three-hit game of the season includes two home runs

From Elias: Mark Reynolds was 3-for-4 with two home runs in the Brewers' win over the Reds. It was the first three-hit game of the year for Reynolds, who was making his 75th start. Entering play on Wednesday, the only major-league player who had more starts this season than Reynolds and no three-hit games this year was Mariners shortstop Brad Miller.


Harrison's two-run double highlights Pirates' big first inning

From Elias: Josh Harrison's two-run double highlighted a four-run first inning for the Pirates, and Pittsburgh cruised from there to a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers. Harrison entered the night batting .170 (8 for 47) in the first inning this season, which was tied for the lowest average among current National League players with at least 40 plate appearances in the opening frame.


Bautista slugs the Red Sox

From Elias: Jose Bautista homered and doubled in the Blue Jays' victory over the Red Sox, increasing his slugging percentage against Boston over the last two seasons to .695. That's the highest slugging rate for any player versus the Red Sox since 2013, among the 43 players who have at least 50 at-bats against them over that time.


Gardner's home run decides rain-shortened game

From Elias: Brett Gardner's third-inning home run was the key hit in the Yankees' rain-shortened 2-1 win over the Rangers. Gardner has 10 home runs and 36 RBIs from the leadoff position in the batting order this season. The only other 10/35 (HR/RBIs) player from the first slot in the lineup this season is the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon (14 homers, 50 RBIs).


Santana strikes again

From Elias: Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters and earned the win against the Marlins, five days after he registered only one strikeout in a victory over the Phillies. Santana's the first major-league pitcher to win back-to-back starts, while striking out no more than one in the first and then whiffing at least 10 in the second, since he himself did that in July 2011, while with the Angels.


Pence clears the bases

From Elias: Hunter Pence's three-run double off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning broke a scoreless tie in the Giants' victory over the Phillies. Pence was the 68th batter that Papelbon has faced with the bases loaded in his career. The only others to clear the bases were the Orioles' Robert Andino in 2011 (with a double) and the Blue Jays' Russ Adams in 2007 (grand slam).


Clutch hit for Aoki

From Elias: Norichika Aoki's single in the ninth inning, combined with an error at the plate by catcher Tyler Flowers, allowed Mike Moustakas to score from second base with the winning run in the Royals' 2-1 victory over the White Sox. Aoki, dating back to the 2013 season, had one hit in his previous 19 at-bats in late-inning pressure situations with men in scoring position, before his clutch hit on Wednesday afternoon.


San Diego rookie chews up Wrigley

From Elias: Tommy Medica was 3-for-5 with two RBIs in the Padres' victory over the Cubs. The only other visiting rookie who had a multi-hit/multi-RBI game at Wrigley Field this season was the Braves' Tommy La Stella on July 13.


Santana 3-for-3 from ninth spot in order

From Elias: Danny Santana was 3-for-3 and scored two runs in the Twins' 3-1 win over the Indians. It was a major league-high third time this season that the ninth batter in the Minnesota lineup had a 3-for-3 or better game; Sam Fuld and Eduardo Escobar did that earlier this year.