Date: August 11, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Second straight day with a 19-inning game

From Elias: The Blue Jays nipped the Tigers in 19 innings on Sunday, a day after the Angels outlasted the Red Sox in a 19-inning thriller. It is the first time in major-league history that a game was decided in the 19th inning or later on consecutive days.

Blue Jays bullpen shuts down Tigers

From Elias: Seven Blue Jays relievers combined to pitch 15 2/3 shutout innings in Toronto's 19-inning win over the Tigers on Sunday. That's the most scoreless innings pitched by a team's bullpen in a single game since Houston's relievers combined to shut out the Dodgers for 17 innings on June 3, 1989 in a 5-4 Astros win in a game that wasn't decided until the 22nd inning.


Melky reaches base safely eight times

From Elias: Melky Cabrera had three hits and walked five times in Toronto's 19-inning win over the Tigers on Sunday. Cabrera became the first player in over 42 years to reach base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch at least eight times in a game. The last player to do that was Rod Carew, who had five hits and three walks for the Twins in a 22-inning game against the Brewers on May 12, 1972.


Mesoraco hits another slam

From Elias: Devin Mesoraco hit a grand-slam home run - his third long ball with the bases loaded of the season - and drove in six runs in the Reds' 7-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday. Mesoraco is the first catcher to hit three grand slams in a season since Darrin Fletcher and Mike Piazza each had three in 2000.

All of Mesoraco's six RBIs came with two outs. He is the first Reds player with at least six 2-out RBIs in a game since Austin Kearns did it against the Diamondbacks on August 19, 2005. Mesoraco now leads the major leagues with 37 runs batted in with two outs this season.

Lots of K's in the Braves-Nationals matchup

From Elias: Braves pitchers registered 13 strikeouts and Nationals pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts in Atlanta's 3-1 win on Sunday night. That marked the fifth time this season that each team struck out at least 13 times in a nine inning game. Prior to 2014, there had not been a season in major-league history in which there were more than two nine-inning games in which each team struck out at least 13 times.


Carrasco finally earns a win in a start

From Elias: Carlos Carrasco pitched five shutout innings and earned the win in the Indians' 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday. Carrasco entered the game winless in his last 17 starts dating back to July 2011. That tied the longest streak of consecutive starts without a win in the Indians' franchise history. Carrasco was 0-12 with an 8.09 ERA in those starts and was able to record four wins in relief during his streak.

No assists for the Angels

From Elias: The Angels did not record a single assist in the field in their 3-1 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday. The Angels are just the fifth team since 1900 with no assists in a game while playing at least nine full innings in the field. The other teams to do that were the Indians on July 4, 1945, the Mets on June 25, 1989, the Yankees on September 11, 1995 and the Reds on August 20, 1997.


Jackson cleans up in the leadoff spot

From Elias: Austin Jackson drove in all four Mariners runs in the team's 4-2 win over the White Sox on Sunday. Jackson became Seattle's second leadoff hitter to drive in all of the team's runs in a game in which they scored at least four times, joining Tony Bernazard, who had five RBIs from the top spot in the batting order in a 10-5 loss to the Angels on August 13, 1983.

Royals use speed and power to beat Giants

From Elias: The Royals stole seven bases and slugged two homers in their 7-4 victory over the Giants on Sunday. Kansas City is the third team since 2000 to register at least seven steals and multiple home runs in the same game, joining the White Sox on July 22, 2001 (against Boston) and A's on August 6, 2011 (against the Rays).

Norichika Aoki and Jarrod Dyson each stole three bases for the Royals. That marked the first in the Royals' franchise history that multiple players had at least three steals in the same game.


Howard comes through for the Phillies again

From Elias: Ryan Howard drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a 7-6 victory over the Mets on Sunday. It's the fifth time that Howard has driven in the go-ahead run in the ninth or inning later this season, the highest total for any major-league player.


Wong produces his second four-hit game

From Elias: Kolten Wong went 4-for-5 to help lead the Cardinals to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Sunday, his second four-hit game of the season (May 28 against the Yankees). Wong is the first Cardinals player under the age of 24 with multiple four-hit games in a season since Albert Pujols had six such games at 23 years old in 2003.


Kershaw excels on the mound and at the plate

From Elias: Clayton Kershaw allowed only one run over eight innings and reached base three times at the plate in the Dodgers' 5-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday. Over the last 29 seasons, only one other Dodgers pitcher reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch at least three times in a start in which he allowed one or fewer runs over 8+ innings of work: Derek Lowe on April 13, 2007 vs. San Diego.

Another 12-inning game for the Cubs

From Elias: The Cubs beat the Rays by a score of 3-2 in a 12-inning affair on Sunday. It's the 11th time the Cubs played a game that went at least 12 innings this season, tying the second most such games they have played in a single season in their franchise history. The Cubs played 12 games that went at least 12 innings in 1980 and 11 such games in 1902.


Suzuki justifies his spot in the order

From Elias: Kurt Suzuki drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth inning in just his second start of the season in the third spot in the batting order in Minnesota's 6-1 win over Oakland on Sunday. Suzuki entered the day with a .312 slugging percentage in 372 at bats in the third slot in the batting order in his career. That was the lowest career slugging percentage while batting third for any of the 101 active players that have at least 300 at bats in that spot in the lineup entering Sunday's action.


Smith doubles and triples in Padres' win

From Elias: Seth Smith doubled and tripled and drove in three runs to lead the Padres to an 8-2 win over the Pirates on Sunday. It marked the fourth time that Smith had multiple extra base hits, including a triple, in a game this season. That ties Yasiel Puig and Denard Span for the most such games in the major leagues.


Dickerson's two out homer in the 10th leads Rockies to victory

From Elias: Corey Dickerson hit a two-out solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to give the Rockies a 4-3 lead in a game they would go on to win 5-3 on Sunday. Dickerson is the third different Colorado player to hit a go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning or later this season, joining Brandon Barnes (June 14) and Justin Morneau (May 18). Two other teams have received a go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth inning or later from three different players this season: the Tigers (Alex Avila, Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler) and Yankees (Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian Roberts).