Today there were three Yellow Alerts (triple short of the cycle) issued by the Cycle Detection Warning System (see the sidebar on the right) even though you might not have heard them. And two of them were in one game by opposing players. All of them came in extra inning games.
Elijah Dukes of Washington actually went 5 for 6 tonight in the Nats' 4-3 win over Texas in 14 innings tonight. Dukes drove in the winning run with a single with the bases loaded.
The other two Yellow Alerts came in the same game. Hanley Ramirez of Florida and Kurt Suzuki of Oakland each came up a three-bagger short of the cycle. Suzuki did get four hits including a game-winning double in the 11th. Suzuki didn't have a shot at a triple when he batted in the 11th because Eric Chavez was already on second. That meant that Suzuki could get any hit possible EXCEPT a triple.
Yellow alerts aren't all that unusual. There were two of them on June 18 and they were by brothers J.D. and Steven Drew.
There have been two other games this year with dueling Yellow Alerts. On May 27, Johnny Damon and Ramon Hernandez each got to Yellow Alert status. And on May 22, Mike Lowell and Jose Guillen also had Yellow Alerts.
On April 13, Garrett Atkins and Matt Holliday both had Yellow Alerts for the Rockies.
On March 31, there were four Yellow Alerts in the majors: Carlos Guillen, Xavier Nady, Jermaine Dye, and Kosuke Fukudome. Lance Berkman has had four Yellow Alerts this season.
There have been just two Red Alerts this year (single short of the cycle) and they both were on April 22. Eric Hinske and Adrian Gonzalez had them.
11 players have had Orange Alerts because they missed a double. 22 players have had Orange Alerts because they missed a home run.