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Christian Pulisic made history Saturday with his early FA Cup final goal to put Chelsea ahead against Arsenal.

He became the youngest man to score in the fixture since Cristiano Ronaldo 16 years ago. He is also the first U.S. international to score a goal in the men’s FA Cup final

Pulisic, 21, featured from the start at Wembley as the Blues looked to regain the FA Cup they lifted in the 2017-18 season.

 

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And he gave his side the perfect start, converting from close range past Emiliano Martinez after just five minutes with the Gunners defense caught flat-footed. 

The former Borussia Dortmund prodigy is only the third United States international to have appeared in English football’s historic showpiece clash, after Sheffield Wednesday’s John Harkes in 1993 and Tim Howard, who represented both Manchester United (2004) and Everton (2007) in the clash. 

Neither of those stars had managed to score in a final, making Pulisic as the first to do so among his compatriots. 

Pulisic’s strike was also Chelsea’s fastest in an FA Cup final since Roberto Di Matteo hit the net with less than a minute on the clock against Middlesbrough back in 1997. 

At just 21 years and 318 days, meanwhile, he is the youngest man to score in the fixture since Cristiano Ronaldo, who was aged 19 years and 106 days when he opened the scoring for Manchester United against Millwall in 2004’s edition at the Millennium Stadium. 

The US international’s feat did not go unnoticed, with several of his USMNT colleagues and many observers taking to social media in order to pay tribute to his special talents.

Pulisic scores the opening goal of FA Cup Final for Chelsea. And it’s a beauty ????

— Stu Holden (@stuholden) August 1, 2020

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Blue Jays homer seven times, lose vs. Marlins; Bo Bichette also makes history as part of wild slugfest

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The Toronto Blue Jays made dubious history on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, losing a 14-11 slugfest in what was their second "home" game to be played in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays became the first team in Major League Baseball history to lose a game in which they recorded 18 hits and launched seven home runs, according to the experts at STATS Inc.

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Because you might've passed on watching the Marlins play the Blue Jays in favor of some other contest, allow us to highlight five other tidbits from what was the wildest game of the night.

1. Blue Jays' outburst was total team effort

It's hard to get 18 hits and seven home runs as a team if you're relying on one or two batters to do all the heavy lifting. Predictably, then, the Blue Jays received contributions from across the board on Wednesday night.

A #PLAKATA ???? in Buffalo?

We've seen that before ???? pic.twitter.com/dr8j2UjYNC

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 13, 2020

Eight different Blue Jays hitters recorded at least one hit, and six Toronto hitters had multiple hits. The Blue Jays also had six players homer: Travis Shaw (twice), Teoscar Hernandez, Rowdy Tellez, Danny Jansen, Vladimir Guerrero, and Bo Bichette, who made his own history.

2. Bichette has a night to remember

Per STATS Inc., Bichette became the first shortstop in the modern era to reach base six times, hit a homer, and steal two bases in the same game. Bichette had five hits on the evening, including his fourth home run of the season. That blast came in the eighth inning. 

The youngest player in team HISTORY with a 5-hit game: Bo Bichette ???? pic.twitter.com/AuP5iyRu1I

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 13, 2020

What kind of impact can a single huge game have on a batter's stats? Bichette entered the night hitting .286/.314/.551. He's now batting .352/.386/.648. 

3. Marlins take opposite approach

Given that Toronto put on a Home Run Derby, it would be fair to think that the Marlins did the same. They did not. Rather, the Marlins recorded just one extra-base hit all night: a three-run homer from Brian Anderson in the first inning. Miami's other 13 hits were singles.

"Yeah, just keep going straight. You'll find the highway."@AndersonBrian01 // #JuntosMiamipic.twitter.com/eCeOp2iSjX

— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 12, 2020

Jonathan Villar, Matt Joyce, and Jon Berti each had two-hit nights, while Jesus Aguilar recorded three knocks. It should be noted that the Marlins also walked six times. 

4. Miami blows big lead, recovers

To be clear, this wasn't a back-and-forth slugfest. The Marlins jumped ahead to an early lead, taking advantage of Toronto rookie starter Nate Pearson's wildness to stake out a 3-0 advantage after the first inning. A five-run third left the Marlins up 8-0.

From there, things got shaky.

It was 8-0...????

Then, we circled the wagons ???? pic.twitter.com/tjcvGyxKya

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 13, 2020

Miami's starter Jordan Yamamoto yielded four runs before departing during the fourth inning, and the ragtag collection of relievers that followed didn't do much to hold the lead. Nick Vincent gave up a pair of runs; as did Brian Moran and Brad Boxberger. James Hoyt gave up one run himself. Add it all up, and the Miami bullpen permitted seven runs in six-plus innings of work.

The ineffectiveness of Miami's bullpen isn't too surprising: that group was the one most impacted by their COVID-19 outbreak, leading to a series of waiver claims and promotions.

5. Buffalo remains perfect on extra-inning contests

Perhaps it's fitting that the Blue Jays' home stadium this season is generally reserved for their Triple-A affiliate. In both of the games played there so far, the Blue Jays have gone into extra innings, where the runner-on-second rule borrowed from the minors from this season has reared its head.

just so you know, we scored again no one yell at us we are a fragile Twitter account pic.twitter.com/M6bYt6dB7B

— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 13, 2020

The Blue Jays were prevalent on Tuesday night, winning 5-4 in 10 innings. They weren't quite as lucky on Wednesday, as it turned out, with the Marlins stringing together consecutive hits to begin the 10th inning and to build a two-run lead. The Marlins would add one more before the Blue Jays came to hit. Toronto then made little noise in the bottom of the frame.

The Blue Jays will now host Florida's other team, the Tampa Bay Rays, for three games beginning on Friday.

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