Thursday was a busy day in sports, from Olympic basketball tuneups to the British Open in golf. There was also some drama in Boston as the Red Sox won on a walk-off home run against the Chicago White Sox. Finally, R.A. Dickey strengthened his bid for a Cy Young award with yet another dazzling performance.
Here is Thursday by the numbers:
- R.A. Dickey has now pitched in 16 consecutive games without recording a loss. His last loss came at Atlanta in mid-April. Since then, he has lowered his ERA from 5.71 to 2.72 and recorded 11 wins, three complete games, and two one-hitters.
- Cody Ross’ three-run walk off home run was his third three-run home run in the last two games.
- Yoenis Cespedes is starting to look like the guy we saw in the first week of the season. He hit his third home run in his last five games. He’s hitting .538 on his current seven-game hitting streak and he has raised his batting average from .260 to .293. Cespedes’ success has helped the team as the A’s have won 11 of their last 13 games.
- The Chicago Cubs are on a roll. They’re 5-1 since the All-Star break. However, all of those wins came at home. The Cubs have actually been pretty decent at Wrigley, going 24-21. It’s their road record that’s giving them fits. They’ve only won 14 of their 46 road games.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t been 11 games above .500 at this point of the season since 1992.
- Mike Trout hit his 14th home run today in an Angels loss. His tremendous season continues, but what’s his biggest problem? He strikes out too much. The 20-year old has 66 strikeouts compared to 27 walks, but that’s nitpicking.