Starter Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets hit two homers against the host Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Dodgers hadn’t surrendered two home runs to a pitcher in one game since Lew Burdette did it in 1958. . . . It also was the second time in franchise history that a Mets pitcher hit two dingers in the same game. Walt Terrell did it on Aug. 6, 1983, at Wrigley Field. . . . It is trivia such as this that makes baseball such a grand game. . . . Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong is just home from a trek south. “Ordered a pint of Pale Ale at New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong Airport,” he tells us. “Cost was US$12. Who do they think they are? Yankee Stadium? The name of the airport should be Louis Strongarm.” . . . Chong, again: “Kentucky Derby-winner Nyquist was named after a Detroit Red Wings player. I assume that Howe, Delvecchio, Lidstrom and Datsyuk were already taken.” . . .
I’m thinking that Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers may be the most-popular player in Major League Baseball for that overhand right he landed on the jaw of Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. . . . Gotta think a lot of players will chip in to pay any fine that may come Odor’s way. . . . That punch will be part of MLB lore, right up there with Nolan Ryan’s dance with Robin Ventura from 1993. . . . “Leicester City won the first EPL championship in its history against 5,000-to-1 odds,” writes Greg Cote of the Miami Herald. “Coincidentally, those were the same odds against the Dolphins’ No. 1 selection being pictured draft-night wearing a bong gas mask.” . . .
The gang over at whlstats.ca is running an auction to benefit the Fort McMurray fire relief fund. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. Feel free to check it out right here. . . . “Nebraska’s bowling team is ranked No. 1 in the nation,” notes Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times. “Who says the Cornhuskers no longer get to play in meaningful bowl games?” . . . “Shaq's son says he will be training with Kobe this summer,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent. “It is part of the custody agreement hammered out in Shaq and Kobe's divorce proceedings.” . . .
I hope you were able to catch Steph Curry’s performance in OT on Monday night. After not playing for two weeks because of a knee injury, he turned in another historic performance, putting in 17 points in OT as the Golden State Warriors beat the host Portland Trail Blazers, 132-125. No player in NBA history, in a regular-season or playoff game, had ever scored 17 points in an OT period. . . . You kept waiting for Curry to at least look like he was starting to tire; instead, he got better and better as the game progressed. He finished with 40 points — 27 of them in the fourth quarter and OT. It was almost spooky. . . . Curry didn’t start, instead entering in the first quarter with his guys trailing by 16. As Scott Ostler wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle: “It didn’t seem realistic to expect Curry to save this lost cause. But reality and Steph Curry sometimes exist in separate universes.” . . .
Prior to Game 3 of the NBA playoff series between Miami and the Toronto Raptors, the Heat’s Dwyane Wade kept taking jumpers while O Canada was being played. That resulted in this reaction from Torben Rolfsen, the host of The Rolfsen Report on TSN 1040 Vancouver: “Can Americans please stop shooting for just a couple of minutes?” . . . “The San Jose Sharks beat the Nashville Predators 5-0 on Thursday to win a Western Conference semifinal in seven games,” reports Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post. “Just like the programmers at ABC, the Sharks cancelled Nashville.” . . . Hamilton, again: “The wife of New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie gave birth to twins this week, bringing his number of children to 12 by eight different women. Finally, after years of trying, Cromartie now can field a CFL team.” . . .
As you may be aware, Tom Gaglardi, the majority owner of the Kamloops Blazers, also owns the NHL’s Dallas Stars. So how did he take it Wednesday when his Stars were beaten 6-1 by the visiting St. Louis Blues, and former Blazers head coach Ken Hitchcock, in Game 7? According to Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News, Gaglardi was “frustrated enough to be seen throwing a chair in his suite.” . . . The best part of Hogan’s Heroes has to be the facial expressions of Sgt. Schultz, as played by John Banner. . . . Voters in McKinney, Texas, have approved a pair of bonds that will allow the construction of a US$62.8 million football stadium with 12,000 seats. According to USA Today, it will be most expensive high school football stadium in the Excited States. . . . A question that crossed my mind the other day: Do penguins have knees? . . .
Bob Molinaro of the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot, telling it like it is: “Reportedly, Caitlyn Jenner will appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated this summer — ‘wrapped in nothing but an American flag and her Olympic medal,’ as one story put it. It will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Jenner’s golden decathlon performance at the Montreal Games. For some, the cover will help show how far we’ve come as a society. For others, it will demonstrate the lengths to which a magazine will go to move product.” . . . Barack Obama, the president of the Excited States, has signed a bill that makes the bison his country’s official animal. As Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe, noted: “Makes sense to do it now, just in case Trump wins and gives the title to the furry thing that lives on his head.”
(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at firstname.lastname@example.org and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)