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Quit While You're Ahead, Raffie
Braves shortstop Rafael Belliard was credited with a stolen base and a caught stealing on the same play in a game against the Phillies on June 19. Belliard was on first and Greg Olson was on third when the batter, Tom Glavine, missed a bunt attempt. Olson got hung up between third and home and a rundown ensued. Olson and Belliard wound up on third base together, so Belliard headed back toward second with the Phillies in pursuit. Then Olson broke for home and got into another rundown. Finally, Olson and Belliard both ended up on third again, and Belliard was tagged out—that's the caught stealing. But for going from first to second on the play, Belliard was also credited with a steal. "If I went back to second, do I get another steal of second, too?" asked Belliard.
If at First You Don't Succeed....
After Reds rookie infielder Chris Jones got nine hits in his first 14 major league at bats, good for a .643 average, he called home to Liverpool, N.Y., to tell the family. "My dad played football in the service, but he's pretty raw when it comes to baseball," said Jones. "I said, 'Hey, Dad, I'm hitting .600.' He said, 'What's the matter, aren't you concentrating?' "
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By the Numbers
?Braves pitcher Tom Glavine had a higher batting average (.313) than ERA (2.18) through Sunday. That's a rarity today, but between 1910 and '25 the Washington Senators' Walter Johnson had 13 seasons—including 10 in a row—in which he had a batting average higher than his earned run average. He also finished his career with a higher batting average (.236) than ERA (2.17).
?The Royals' Kirk Gibson hit his first grand slam last week, with his 203rd career homer. Thus the active coleaders for most home runs without a slam became the Orioles' Glenn Davis and the A's Rickey Henderson, with 170 each.