July 2, 2016

G80: Angels 21, Red Sox 2

Angels  - 210 150 1110 - 21 22  1
Red Sox - 000 010  100 -  2  8  4
If that linescore looks a little wonky, it's because of the Angels' 11-run seventh inning.

Clay Buchholz was bad (4.1-7-6-1-1, 67) but the bullpen was far worse. Robbie Ross and Pat Light each allowed six runs; please note that Ross faced only seven batters. Infielder Ryan LaMarre pitched the ninth inning, allowing two hits and no runs.

C.J. Cron and Carlos Pérez are the first pair of teammates with at least five hits and five RBI in the same game since 1936. Cron went 6-for-6, with a double, two home runs, five runs scored, and five RBI. Pérez was 5-for-6, with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and six RBI. Albert Pujols doubled and homered and drove in five runs.

According to Baseball Reference's Play Index, Cron's box score line of 6-5-6-5 has never been done before (at least as far back as 1913).

For the Red Sox, Mookie Betts had two doubles and a home run. ... Hanley Ramirez singled, doubled, and walked.

The last time the Red Sox allowed at least 20 runs? August 31, 2012, at Oakland (20-2).

The last time the Red Sox allowed at least 20 runs at home? August 21, 2009, a 20-11 loss to the MFY.
Hector Santiago / Clay Buchholz
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Brentz, LF
Shaw, 3B
Vazquez, C
About last night:

John Farrell:
[O]bviously fan interference came into play. Whether or not they challenged if that ball was going to stay in fair territory or not, you might say we caught a break right there.
David Ortiz:
That was huge. We played with 26 players tonight.
Mookie Betts:
We were joking, we're going to have to take him out to dinner because I think that ball was going to come back in play. I think obviously Trout would have scored on that ball. Tough situation there, but fortunately, he has pretty good hand-eye coordination.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the call was "brutal" and absolutely wrong".


I think the ball would have come back onto the field and been in play, also. The Red Sox caught a game-saving break - and with any luck, they can parlay the good feeling into a nice winning streak.


allan said...


Detroit's Michael Fulmer has not been charged with more than one run in any of his last eight starts. That ties Christy Mathewson (1901 Giants) for the longest streak of its kind by any rookie pitcher in major-league history.

Jason Hammel became the first Cubs pitcher to surrender 10 or more runs and at least five home runs in one game since George Van Haltren, in a 19-2 loss to the New York Giants on June 8, 1888. Van Haltren was a pitcher-outfielder who began his big-league career in 1887 and became a full-time outfielder in 1890s.

allan said...

When Joe Kelly returns to the Red Sox, it will be as a reliever.

Maxwell Horse said...

Wow. I'm almost sorry I turned off the game early now. (Oddly, not because of the score, which at the time was still manageable, but because of the hideous broadcast team.) At a certain point as your team continues to tank, there's this weird nexus point, a threshold that's crossed. And suddenly "bad" becomes "so bad it's good." Like reveling in poking a sore.

allan said...

6-5-6-5 is random, of course.

On May 23, 2002, Shawn Green went 6-6-6-7.

allan said...


C.J. Cron was 6-for-6 with two home runs and five RBIs, while Carlos Perez went 5-for-6 with six RBIs in the Angels' 21-2 demolition of the Red Sox in Boston. They are the first teammates since 1920--the year that runs batted in were first officially recorded in the major leagues--to combine for at least 11 hits and 11 or more RBIs in the same game.

Cron is the first player to ever have a 6-for-6 game with two home runs at Fenway Park. Eight players went 5-for-5 with multiple homers in a game at Fenway, most recently Manny Ramirez in 2002.

The Angels' 21-2 rout of the Red Sox was the largest margin of victory in a major-league game in more than six years--since the Brewers blanked the Pirates in Pittsburgh, 20-0, in April 2010. The Angels also won two games by 19 runs in a span of 11 days during the 2002 season: 21-2 over the Indians and 19-0 against the White Sox.

allan said...

More factoids:

The Angels' 21 runs matched their total from the previous six games combined. It tied for their second most in a game in franchise history, trailing only a game from 1979, when they scored 24 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Angels tied a major-league record by having three players record at least five RBIs in a game. It happened six times previously, most recently by the New York Yankees against the Oakland Athletics in 2011.

C.J. Cron and Carlos Perez became the first pair of teammates with at least five hits and five RBIs in the same game since Gene Moore and Buck Jordan did it for the Boston Braves against the St. Louis Cardinals nearly 80 years ago -- on Aug. 25, 1936.

Cron and Perez also became the first pair of teammates in major-league history to combine for at least 11 hits and 11 RBIs in a game.

Cron joined Chone Figgins as the only player in Angels history to go 6-for-6 in a game.

Cron also became the first player with at least six hits and two home runs in a game since Carlos Pena did so for the Detroit Tigers against the Kansas City Royals in 2004. The past seven players to go 6-for-6 with multiple home runs in a game are Kirby Puckett (1987 Minnesota Twins), Andres Galarraga (1995 Colorado Rockies), Cal Ripken Jr. (1999 Baltimore Orioles), Edgardo Alfonzo (1999 New York Mets), Shawn Green (in a four-homer game for the 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers), Pena and Cron.

And on the other side, a bad loss

Saturday's 19-run loss tied for the Red Sox's third worst in Fenway Park history. The only other visitor to ever beat them by more was the Yankees in 1923 (by 20 runs) and 2000 (by 21).