Baseball Crank
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August 24, 2007
BASEBALL: The Big 3-0

Mike Carminati (who I really should link to more often) lists the other occasions before Wednesday night's massacre when a major league team scored 30 or more runs in a game, the most recent being the Cubs in 1897. Not surprisingly, 15 of the other 23 occasions were in the National Association between 1871 and 1874, the dawn of professional organized baseball and before fielders wore gloves, including the lone 40+ game, a preposterous 49-33 affair between Philadelphia and Troy in 1871. Only four of the games came after 1883 and two of those were in weakened leagues in 1890 & 1891.

Still, when you look at the 1893 Reds and 1897 Cubs next to this Rangers lineup, you see the randomness of single-game batting records. The Reds were a relatively weak-hitting team for their era, and the Cubs were fourth in the league in runs scored. Nor was Louisville, the victim on both occasions, an especially bad pitching team, although I would infer that in 1897 the game got out of hand in the hands of Jim Jones, making the first of two Flavor-Aid tasting major league pitching appearances (the second was four years later) and allowing 22 runs in 6.2 innings of relief on the way to finishing the game.

As for the Rangers, you might have expected something like this from Juan Gone, Raffy and Pudge or from Teixeira, Soriano and A-Rod. Instead, the greatest damage was done by four players - three of little note (Ramon Vazquez, David Murphy and Marlon Byrd) and the fourth (Jarrod Saltalamacchia) very young and not yet come into his own. But they were swinging the bats well that day, and ran into a pitching staff in a downward spiral.

Sad fact: the Orioles are still underperforming their Pythagorean record even after losing a single game by 27 runs.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:00 PM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Good points.

I watched the game in 1985 when the Phils smacked the Mets silly to the tune of 26-7. And the Mets had the third best ERA in the league that season behind Gooden, Darling, Sid, Orosco, McDowell, etc. But if I recall correctly, Tom Gorman, Calvin Shiraldi, and Joe Sambito gave up all the Met runs. Bad pitchers, for certain, but not a bad staff.

And those Phils were a good, but not great, hitting team: Schmidt, of course, but also Glen Wilson (who always killed the Mets), a pre-All Star Von Hayes, Juan Samuel, Steve Jeltz, etc.

To the contrary though, I watched the Mets beat the Cubs 23-10 in 1987, and that truly was the result of the conditions: the NL's best offense, in Wrigley in summertime, against a poor pitching staff. I don't remember the details, except that Darryl came up late needing only a single to complete the cycle, but he hustled into a double on his last at-bat. I think he ended up scoring 5 runs that game.

Posted by: Mike at August 25, 2007 9:26 AM

A poor pitching staff to be sure, although the hapless Cubs starter that day was Greg Maddux.

Posted by: The Crank at August 25, 2007 10:04 AM

In '87, Maddux was hapless. Still a year away from becoming the fellow we know.

Posted by: Mike at August 26, 2007 9:41 AM
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