August 15, 2015

G116: Red Sox 22, Mariners 10

Mariners - 002 000 044 - 10 13  1
Red Sox  - 055 104 43x - 22 26  1
The Red Sox took batting practice against Seattle's pitching staff for the second straight day, setting season-highs in both runs scored and hits.

The Red Sox had not had as many as 26 hits since May 28, 2005, when they had 27 in a 17-1 rout of the Yankees. The last time Boston scored as many as 22 runs? June 27, 2003, when they scored 10 times in the first inning before making an out and beat the Marlins 25-8. (That's the game where the Red Sox manager actually apologized to the other team for scoring so many times. That was, however, nowhere near the dumbest thing he ever did.)

It was the sixth time in Red Sox history that the team scored 15+ runs in consecutive games:
July 4, 1939: Swept the Athletics in a doubleheader 17-7 and 18-12
September 27-28, 1940: Beat the Senators 24-4 and beat the Athletics in G1 16-4
June 7-8, 1950: Beat the Browns 20-4 and 29-4
June 17-18, 1953: Beat the Tigers 17-1 and 23-3
July 2-3, 1998: Beat the Expos 15-0 and beat White Sox 15-2
August 14-15, 2015: Beat Mariners 15-1 and 22-10
(Most runs scored in each of three consecutive games? Boston scored 12+ runs in each of three games on June 28-30, 1946, when they beat the Senators 12-1, 12-8 and 15-8. ... So matching that is something to look forward to tomorrow.)

The Mariners had never before allowed 15+ runs in consecutive games.

Jackie Bradley went 5-for-6, with three doubles and two home runs, seven RBI, and five runs scored. Before his last at-bat, I found that, according to Baseball Reference's super-wonderful Play Index, Bradley was the first Red Sox player to have a game with at least 3 doubles, 4 runs, and 5 RBI. Then he banged a two-run dong to further separate himself from the pack of all Red Sox players. (More factoids in comments.)

Bradley finished the afternoon with 14 total bases. Only three Red Sox have had more in a game: Fred Lynn (16, June 18, 1975), John Valentin (15, June 2, 1995), and Dustin Pedroia (15, June 24, 2010).

Over his last five games, Bradley is hitting .591 (13-for-22), with 9 extra-base hits and 13 RBI.

Blake Swihart (4-for-5) doubled twice, scored four times, and drove in three. ... Xander Bogaerts also had four hits and David Ortiz, Mookie Betts, and Brock Holt each had three. ... Josh Rutledge scored four times. ... Pablo Sandoval and Alejandro De Aza hit home runs.

Mariners starter Felix Hernandez lasted only 2.1 innings and allowed 10 runs and 12 hits.

Wade Miley: 7-4-2-3-8, 113.
Felix Hernandez / Wade Miley
Betts, CF
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Shaw, 1B
Sandoval, 3B
De Aza, LF
Swihart, C
Bradley, RF


allan said...

From Elias:
The Yankees did not score in 33 consecutive innings against the Blue Jays before Chase Headley's RBI-double in the eighth inning on Friday night. The Yankees' 33-inning scoreless drought versus the Blue Jays was their longest against any team since 1909, when they failed to score in 36 straight innings against the St. Louis Browns.

Hisashi Iwakuma threw a no-hitter at Safeco Field against the Orioles on Wednesday, the Mariners were off on Thursday, and then Seattle was routed, 15-1, in Boston on Friday night. The Mariners are the first team since the 1905 Red Sox to allow no hits in one game and then at least 15 runs in the next game. In a doubleheader against the White Sox in September 1905, Boston's Bill Dinneen threw a no-hitter in the first game and then Chicago won the nightcap, 15-1.

allan said...

Was writing and whatnot over the final three innings, so hopefully, everything matches the box score!

Benjamin said...

Also the first time the Sox have won on August 15 since 1997.

allan said...


Bradley became the third (and the youngest) player in major league history to have two home runs, five extra base hits, five runs and seven RBIs in one game. The others were Joe Adcock in 1954 with the Braves and Shawn Green in 2002 with the Dodgers.

For the fifth time in franchise history, the Red Sox had six players with three hits: Bradley, Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and Blake Swihart.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the 37 runs the Red Sox totaled in the two days are the most any team has scored in consecutive games since Aug. 22, 2007. On that day, the Rangers scored 39 runs in a doubleheader against the Orioles -- including a modern era-record 30 runs in the opener.

The only other 22-10 score in major league history was recorded on June 5, 1912, when the Giants beat the Reds by that count at the Polo Grounds.

allan said...

@Shesta_Sox: Jackie Bradley Jr set Red Sox record with 5 XBH today

@EliasSports: At 25 years 118 days old, became youngest major leaguer ever with 5 XBH

@mikeaxisa: Oh wow, JBJs was only the eighth 5 XBH game in history. I would have guessed something like that happened once every 2-3 years.

allan said...

@Shesta_Sox: Jackie Bradley Jr set Red Sox record with 5 XBH today

Red Sox hitters with 4 XBH has happened 23 times since 1914. (list)

allan said...

@mikeaxisa: JBJs was only the eighth 5 XBH game in history.

List of the other 7.

Jere said...

Gotta be the first 6-5-5-7 from the nine-hole ever.

laura k said...

Jere, I was thinking the same thing. I mean, the #9 hitter shouldn't even get that many ABs!

allan said...

Yay Play Index!
It's the first 6-5-5-7 in baseball history (or since 1914, in BR's database).

allan said...

Previous record for total bases from the #9 spot was 12 (done 7 times, including by Nixon and Varitek).
JBJ had 14.

allan said...

Only the third #9 hitter to score at least 5 times in a game.
Other guy at 5: Luis Rivas (2002 Twins)
Scored 6 times from #9 spot: Spike Owen, August 21, 1986.

Zenslinger said...

JBJ's OPS went from .658 to .840 in one day, .608 to .840 in two games (including his 5-1-3-1 line from the 15-1 game the day before). That's with only 80 PA, but still pretty impressive.

allan said...


Red Sox' 22-10 win is one for the books

From Elias: The Red Sox, fresh off a 15-1 victory over the reeling Mariners on Friday night, bombarded Seattle, 22-10, at Fenway Park on Saturday. Among the more than 209,000 games played in major-league history, only one other was decided by that unlikely score: On June 5, 1912 (the year that Fenway opened), the New York Giants bashed the Reds, 22-10, at the Polo Grounds. It's the most runs that the Red Sox have amassed over two consecutive games since they had a 40-run explosion over two games against the Tigers in 1953.

In Saturday's game at Fenway, the Red Sox produced a pair of five-run innings and each team enjoyed a pair of four-run innings. You have to go back nearly 85 years to find the last major-league game in which the teams combined to produce six half-innings scoring four or more runs. The last such game was played on Sept. 23, 1930, between the Phillies and the Cardinals. And the only previous game of that type in the American League was contested on May 18, 1902, when Cleveland and Detroit had at it in a game that was halted by darkness in the seventh inning!

For the Red Sox, it was just the third game in which they had four innings scoring four-or-more runs. They did that in a legendary 29-4 triumph over the St. Louis Browns in 1950 (Bobby Doerr hit three homers for Boston, while Walt Dropo and Ted Williams each hit two) and in a 17-4 win over the Browns in 1916 (young Babe Ruth was the starter and winning pitcher, but contributed only one single in four times at bat).

Jackie Bradley, Jr., batting ninth in Boston's lineup, led its attack against the Mariners with three doubles and two home runs, scoring five runs and driving in seven. The only other Red Sox player to produce five runs and five hits in a game was Dustin Pedroia against Texas in 2008 (Pedroia had no homers and two RBIs in that game). But get this: Bradley became the first player in modern big-league history to get five hits and to score five runs in a game in which he started in the number-nine lineup slot. Moreover, Bradley became only the 11th player in major-league history to generate five extra-base hits in one game; and at the age of 25 years, 118 days, he is the youngest of those 11 players, breaking the mark held since 1889 by one Lawrence Twitchell.

Finally, the Ben Affleck curse was put to rest. The Red Sox had lost the last 15 games that they had played on Affleck's birthday, which had been the longest losing streak for any major-league team on a particular day on the calendar since the Astros lost 17 straight games on September 3 from 1965 to 1980 (a streak that began the very day that Wild Thing, Charlie Sheen, was born). The last Red Sox win on August 15 came in 1997, when they nipped the Twins, 5-4, at Fenway. (Eighteen days later, David Ortiz made his major-league debut for those Twins.)

Zenslinger said...

14 total bases in a game is pretty impressive, though not record setting (I still remember Josh Hamilton's 18 not too long ago).