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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Jason Schmidt pitched six innings and recorded 10 strikeouts to get the win for the Giants, the second time this season that he has whiffed at least 10 batters in an outing of six or fewer innings. No other pitcher in the major leagues has done that more than once in 2006.
Carmona's problems began with two outs in the ninth inning when he hit Doug Mirabelli and Alex Gonzalez with consecutive pitches. Only one other reliever in the major leagues this season plunked a batter on back-to-back pitches: Florida's Jason Vargas, against the Pirates, on May 12.
• Boston didn't need David Ortiz's heroics. In fact, Big Papi was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, the fifth time in his career that he went down on strikes at least four times in one game. Jeremy Sowers had three of those punchouts, becoming the first rookie to ever whiff Ortiz three times in one game.
• The Tigers posted their 72nd win of the year on Wednesday night. Detroit was 71-91 in 2005. This is the earliest date on which a team coming off a season of at least 60 wins has surpassed its victory total from the prior year. The previous fastest was set by Brooklyn in 1892, which recorded its 62nd win on Aug. 3, after going 61-71 in 1891.
• Ichiro, hitless in his last 15 at-bats, ended the drought with a ninth-inning single against the Orioles. It's the third time this season that he's gone at least 15 consecutive at-bats without a hit. He had only four streaks of that type over his first five seasons with the Mariners (2001-2005).
• Adrian Beltre's only hit in the Mariners' 2-1 win at Baltimore was a two-run homer in the first inning. He's batting .328 in the first inning this season, compared to only .251 in all other at-bats.
• The Athletics' 3-2 win against the Angels was the 15th game decided by one run that the two teams have played over the last two seasons, the highest total between any two teams in the majors over that period.
There were only 14 runs scored in the three-game series between the A's and Angels. It was only the fourth three-game series in the American League this season in which the teams combined for fewer than 15 runs and either the Angels or the A's have been involved in three of them.
• Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss in Atlanta was the Pirates' 27th loss by a one-run margin this season, the most for any team in the major leagues. The Braves rank second with 23 losses by only one run.