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With this home run, Albert Pujols became the third youngest 26th player in MLB history, to join the 500 home run club.

8 home runs in the first month of the season? Looks like Pujols is getting his swing back!

TRIVIA: At the age of 34, Pujols is also the third youngest player to join the prestigious club. The other two who did it younger than him? Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx (who were both 32 years old at the time).

MORE TRIVIA: Pujols is one of only three players to have a multi-homer game while accomplishing the “500th home run” feat. Both Mark McGwire and Harmon Killebrew both hit their 500th and 501st home runs in their respective games.

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Grand Slam

Ain’t it grand when someone hits a slam? How about when someone hits two in the same month? That’s what Ike Davis did in just his third game in a Pirates uniform…

TRIVIA: Ike Davis is only the third player in MLB history to hit a grand slam with two different teams in the same season. The others? Mike Piazza with the Dodgers and Mets in 1998, and Ray Boone in 1953 with the Indians and Tigers (who ironically was nicknamed Ike).

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Walkoff!

In a game that included 27 batters in the last 3 innings before this at-bat (and only 1 run crossing the plate), Evan Gattis hit a line drive in the bottom of the 10th inning that quickly landed in the left field seats. It was Gattis’s first career walk-off hit.

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When one thinks about how well the Brewers have been doing offensively, the first player that may come to mind is Ryan Braun. And they have every reason to do so: 16 runs scored (which leads the National League), a .306 batting average, 6 home runs, 16 RBI (which ties him for 4th in the league). However, he hasn’t been the only RBI machine for Milwaukee over the first 20 games of the season.

Many people fail to mention the impact Aramis Ramirez has played in the lineup so far. Not only is he in the top 10 in WPA, but he is also tied with his aforementioned teammate in the RBI category. In the Brewers' first 20 games, Ramirez has driven in at least one run in 14 of them (which is now a franchise record for the first 20 games of the season).

He contributed to this game by crushing a LONG ball into deep center field.

FUN FACT: This home run (which was estimated at 439 feet) is now the longest home run hit in Miller Park.

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A Pitcher’s Homer

Baseball fans who followed the Cubs may recall a certain pitcher who notably stood out from the rest of the pack because of his ability to go yard (from 2001 until 2011). His name is Carlos Zambrano, and he hit 24 home runs in 693 at-bats, which ties him for 7th place on the “all-time career home runs by a pitcher” list. As of this post, he hasn’t retired, but is still a free agent. The Cubs have surely missed the Big Z’s swing in the bottom of the order, as he was truly an offensive force to be reckoned with.

That being said, Travis Wood has quietly become an opposing pitcher’s threat. He went yard bringing in three runs and helping him seal an eventual Cubs win.

SIDE NOTE: Wood would match career highs in both pitching and offensive categories. He drove in 4 runs while also striking out 9 batters.

FUN FACT: The only active pitcher who has hit more home runs than Wood is Yovani Gallardo; he has hit 12.

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Pitcher’s Home Run

You don’t see these every day: starting pitcher Mike Leake helped add some of his own run support by hitting his third career home run; he doubled in his previous at-bat, as well.

TRIVIA: This was the first time a Reds pitcher homered and doubled in the same game since Randy Keisler back on June 7, 2005.

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130

That was the number of plate appearances consecutive plate appearances without an extra-base hit, going back to Domonic Brown’s home run in the 8th inning of a wild game against the Braves. Before this game, the Phillies had 0 extra-base hits in 4 consecutive contests… with 2 of those games being in Coors Field; according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, that matches the longest drought in baseball since the 1993 expansion Marlins (from September 12 to September 16), and the longest drought for the franchise 1968 (from May 10 to May 14).

That was when J-Roll (the second batter of the game) stepped up the plate and ended the drought with a solo jack to the right-field bleachers. The home run only be the beginning of a slugfest between the two teams.

TRIVIA: This home run guaranteed that the Phillies would not join 2 teams in 1985 Pirates and 1927 Phillies as the only teams to play 5 consecutive games without an extra-base hit.

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Cycle?

Ryan Howard looked like the Big Piece Philly was used to watching before his leg injuries. He put on quite a show for the Colorado crowd, tying a career-best 4 hits, with a homer; two singles; and a rare triple.

SIDE NOTE: There was controversy about the ruling of the call on the last single he hit. Be the judge about whether it was a single or a double by watching the hit yourself.)

FUN FACT: This wasn’t the first time Howard was close to hitting for the cycle. His last 4-hit game (on July 30, 2011) included a home run, a single, and 2 doubles.

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With this win, the Brewers are now 9-1 on the road. No National League team has won (at least) 9 out of their first 10 away games since the 1994 Atlanta Braves.

SIDE NOTE: This was the game where Carlos Gomez thought he hit a home run into dead center field and had to settle for a triple… which led to an altercation with starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (and an eventual brawl).

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Deja Vu

One may recall the scenario of the home run hit by Ryan Braun with 1 out in the top the 9th inning off of Jason Grilli on April 19. The following game, Braun provided even more dramatics against the Pirates' closer in a very similar scenario; the only difference is that he didn’t give them the lead in the top of the 9th because there wasn’t a runner on base.

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"Troll Accounts:" (MARKED FOR DELETION – MARKED FOR DELETION) | pending

This will probably be something that staff/moderators will eventually state concretely on the site.

If anyone wants to take a stab at what a troll is on this site, by all means edit the annotation.

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"A prisoner of" (St. Paul – Philemon 1 (NRSV)) | accepted

“Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus.” I found this very quizzical yet intriguing, as people could interpret this in many ways. Surely, the letter wasn’t written in English… but based on what is written, I interpreted this evolving phrase as “Paul, Jesus Christ’s prisoner.” Does that mean that he feels like he is stuck in a situation he cannot get out of… expressing his feelings of being imprisoned in this life? Or is this more of a way of saying that he is a prisoner or slave to Jesus Christ first and FOREMOST?

"Like 2 Chainz, I'm ridin' round and I'm gettin' it" (Nelly – Country Ass Nigga) | accepted

“Riding ‘round” is also a line that is frequently said in 2 Chainz’ song, “Spend It”.

"Who say the jam is "money, cash, hoes"" (Common – Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)) | accepted

Something else to keep in mind:
There is a jam called, “Money, Cash, HoesJay-Z. May be a reference to that…

"You're on 22nd, hit you from two-one / That's on Lenox, 7..." (Cam'ron – Welcome to New York City) | rejected

Needs better explanation…
(I broke up Cam’s part in two.)

"And my mind in Angola" (Lil B – Unchain Me) | accepted

I deleted a suggestion that I shouldn’t have; my bad.
It stated that this line might have referred to Angola prison (in Louisiana).

"Give 'em coca-cola for their property" (Lupe Fiasco – American Terrorist) | accepted

"1-5" (Lupe Fiasco – Twilight Zone) | accepted

It might also refer to the 15 in his “Fahrenheit 1/15” album title

"Face down - {ASS UP!}" (Ludacris – How Low) | rejected
"But it don't stop, watch the Pun get wicked / When I stic..." (Big Punisher – Still Not A Player) | rejected