AROUND THE HORN

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

Ma­jor League Baseball be­gan in 1876, but no team had ever turned a 3-3-5 triple play un­til Wash­ing­ton pulled it off on July 29. With the Na­tion­als up 4–1, the Giants loaded the bases, and Wash­ing­ton brought in re­liever Sammy So­lis to pitch to Bran­don Craw­ford. The San Fran­cisco short­stop hit a line drive right to Ryan Zim­mer­man at first, who caught it on the fly and eas­ily beat Buster Posey back to the bag, then tossed it to An­thony Ren­don at third as the Giants’ De­nard Span was well on his way to home. It was also the first triple play in the fran­chise’s 12-sea­son his­tory. …

Two nights later, the Cubs also had an un­usual evening at Wrigley Field. Af­ter trail­ing 6–0 to the Mariners and their ace Felix Her­nan­dez, Chicago got the game to the 12th, where the score re­mained tied at six. With Jason Hey­ward on third and one out, Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don pinch-hit pitcher Jon Lester, who was 3-for-40 on the sea­son, for pitcher Hec­tor Ron­don. With two strikes, Lester laid a per­fect safety squeeze down first to earn the Cubs an MLB-best 63rd win. The Cubs used five dif­fer­ent left field­ers, in­clud­ing pitcher Travis Wood, who al­ter­nated be­tween that spot and the mound and made per­haps the de­fen­sive play of the game in the sev­enth, snag­ging a Franklin Gu­tier­rez liner just be­fore back­ing into the brick wall. …

On July 27, Mets closer Jeurys Fa­milia blew a save for the first time in 53 chances, snap­ping the third­longest streak of save con­ver­sions in the game’s his­tory. The next evening, Fa­milia blew an­other be­fore con­vert­ing his next chance on July 31. De­spite a 3.08 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP that are markedly higher than last sea­son’s 1.85 and 1.00 marks, Fa­milia’s 37 saves through the end of July lead MLB. …

Kansas City closer Wade Davis has just two blown saves on the year him­self, and he might have fetched the Roy­als, who ended July a dozen games be­hind Cleve­land, a king’s ran­som in a trade. In­stead, Davis went on the dis­abled list with a Grade 1 flexor strain. The 30-year-old has also had el­bow is­sues. Davis has an in­cred­i­ble 1.09 ERA in 173 in­nings since the start of the 2014 sea­son, with 219 strike­outs. …

On July 30, Yan­kees out­fielder Ja­coby Ells­bury reached base on catcher’s in­ter­fer­ence for the 10th time this sea­son, which is al­ready two more than Roberto Kelly’s pre­vi­ous MLB record for a sea­son, set in 1992.

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