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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:
• Jake Peavy struck out 16 batters in seven innings in the Padres' 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. It marked the second time in Peavy's career that he tied the modern major league record for strikeouts in a game by a pitcher who worked no more than seven innings. The only other pitcher with 16 K's in an outing of seven innings or less was Randy Johnson, who did it three times (all during the second half of the 2001 season).
• The Diamondbacks overcame a 2-0 eighth-inning deficit to defeat the Padres, who had been the only team to win every game in which they held a lead this season. Stephen Drew's two-run homer was only the second walkoff home run off Trevor Hoffman over the last eight seasons, after he allowed seven from 1995 to 1999.
• Tim Hudson took a 3-0 record, a 0.49 ERA, a 22-inning shutout streak, and a three-run lead to the bottom of the ninth before the Marlins rallied for a 4-3 win over the Braves, with closer Bob Wickman suffering the loss. Hudson has a career record of 83-1 (19 no-decisions) when given a lead of three or more runs, having won 64 consecutive decisions dating back to August 2000. That's baseball.
• Hudson struck out 12 batters and Scott Olsen recorded 10 strikeouts. It was the second time this season that both starting pitchers reached double-figures in the same game -- twice as many such games as there had been over the previous two seasons combined. Kyle Lohse fanned 12 in a 1-0 win over the Cubs on April 15; Ted Lilly struck out 10 in that game.
• Jimmy Rollins hit his eighth home run of the season, all from the leadoff slot, in the Phillies' 9-3 win over the Nationals. That equals the most home runs by a leadoff hitter in the month of April since Brady Anderson hit 11 in 1996. Others to hit eight since then were Alfonso Soriano (2003) and Brian Roberts (2005).
• Jarrod Washburn outdueled Joe Blanton, throwing a three-hit shutout in the Mariners' 2-0 win at Oakland. It was a rare April game in which both starting pitchers went all the way. There have been only two others over the last five seasons: Mark Buehrle over Ryan Franklin and Roy Halladay over Randy Johnson, both in 2005.
• For the second time in a week, Chad Durbin of the Tigers faced John Danks of the White Sox in a meeting of the last two American League champions. There were only two other games in major-league history between opponents who reached the World Series in the two previous years in which neither starting pitcher had earned a victory during that period: Mario Picone (Giants) vs. Paul Stuffel (Phillies) in 1952 and Charlie Perkins (A's) vs. Frank Barnes (Yankees) in 1930. Both took place on the final weekend of the season.
• Joel Zumaya walked four consecutive batters after hitting one with a pitch in the ninth inning of the Tigers' 6-2 win over the White Sox. Over the last 40 years, only one other relief pitcher hit or walked five consecutive batters: Jason Davis of the Indians in 2005.
• Big Papi is at it again. David Ortiz drove in the winning run with a seventh-inning single in the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the Orioles. It was Ortiz's 27th game-winner in Late-Inning Pressure Situations since he joined the Red Sox in 2003, and it broke a tie with Albert Pujols for the highest total in the majors during that time -- albeit briefly.
Before the night was over, Pujols tied Ortiz with an eighth-inning game-winning double in the Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the Reds.
• Adam LaRoche delivered a game-winning single in the 16th inning in the Pirates' 4-3 victory over the Astros. It was the first walkoff hit of LaRoche's major league career. Ironically, he came to bat after an intentional walk to Jason Bay, whose career total of 318 RBIs is the second highest among active players without a walkoff RBI.
• The Rockies defeated the Mets 11-5 at Shea Stadium on Wednesday. It was the 296th time that the Rockies have scored in double figures, the highest total in either league during the 15 seasons since Colorado joined the National League in 1993. But only 65 of the Rockies' 10-run games have been played on the road. With the exception of the 1998 expansion teams (the Diamondbacks and Devil Rays), the Rockies and Expos/Nationals have the fewest double-digit road games since 1993.
• The Sabres defeated the Rangers 5-2, equaling the third-largest margin of victory in NHL postseason history against a team coming off a four-game sweep. The two bigger wins were by the Hurricanes over the Devils last year (6-0) and the Canadiens over the Bruins in the 1977 Stanley Cup Finals (7-3).
• The Ducks defeated the Canucks 5-1 in the opening game of their conference semifinal series. It's the first NHL postseason series between two west coast teams since 1993, when the Kings eliminated the Canucks in the division finals. The only other such series in NHL history: Kings over Canucks (1991 first round), Canucks over Kings (1982 Division Finals), Kings over Oakland Seals (1969 first round).
• Ducks vs. Canucks means the Niedermayers vs. the Sedins. It's the first time in 21 years that two pairs of brothers faced each other in an NHL postseason series. The last to do so were Anton and Peter Stastny of the Quebec Nordiques against Dave and Wayne Babych of the Hartford Whalers in an opening-round series in 1986.
• The Spurs evened their series with the Nuggets at one win apiece with a 97-88 victory at home. San Antonio is 15-3 at home when coming off a postseason loss during the Popovich/Duncan era.
• The Wizards defeated Toronto FC 3-0, leaving the expansion team still in search of not only its first MLS victory but also its first goal. Toronto has been outscored 8-0 in three games, extending its league record for the most goals allowed before scoring one of its own. The previous record was held by D.C. United, which allowed five goals before scoring its first-ever goal in 1996. (United, coached by Bruce Arena at the time, went on to win MLS Cup in 1996.)