Once again this week, you can smell sandwiches in the air. But no, not roast-beef-and-cheddar paninis. It's time for another edition of the eagerly awaited Generic Sandwich Awards.
But first, let's snack on the
Munchies of the Week• It took the Astros only until May 4 to rip off two eight-game losing streaks. They're just the second National League team in history to have two streaks that long by that date. Obviously, the season starts earlier now than it used to before the 1960s. But it still isn't easy. The only other NL team to do it was the 2005 Rockies. Over in the AL, those soon-to-be 119-loss wonders, the 2003 Tigers, were the fastest ever to do it -- racking up two eight-gamers by April 22. • OK, one more amazing Astros note, and then we'll move on. When the Diamondbacks came to Houston this week, two different players on that Arizona team (Mark Reynolds and Kelly Johnson) had as many home runs (nine) as the Astros' whole team. Last time that happened this late in any season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: June 22, 1980, when a Mets-Dodgers series featured a Mets team with 15 homers all year (in 63 games) against a Dodgers lineup that included Steve Garvey (15) and Johnny B. "Dusty" Baker (16). • Sadly, for the fifth consecutive year, no hitter got five hits on Cinco de Mayo. (Last to do it: Jose Reyes, a 5-for-7 in 2005.) And for the eighth consecutive year, nobody went 5-for-5 on Cinco de Mayo. (Last to do that: Omar Vizquel in 2002.) • But for the first time in nine years, we did have a pitcher put up five walks and five strikeouts in the same game on Cinco de Mayo. Clayton Richard pulled that off for Los Padres this year. Last before him: Jose Nunez, for the Dodgers, on a night when he also got only cinco outs.
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