May 6, 2017

G30: Red Sox 11, Twins 1

Red Sox - 080 010 101 - 11 16  0
Twins   - 001 000 000 -  1  8  1
The Second Inning:

Tepesch pitching. Hanley Ramirez grounded out to third. Mitch Moreland flied out to center. Chris Young homered to left-center. (1-0) Sandy Leon singled to center. Josh Rutledge grounded into a fielder's choice to catcher, Leon safe at second on error by shortstop. Mookie Betts walked, Leon to third, Rutledge to second. Dustin Pedroia doubled to left center, Leon, Rutledge, and Betts scored. (4-0) Xander Bogaerts singled to right, Pedroia to third. Andrew Benintendi doubled to left, Pedroia and Bogaerts scored, Benintendi to third on throw. (6-0) Rucinski relieved Tepesch. Ramirez singled to right, Benintendi scored. (7-0) Moreland doubled to left, Ramirez scored. (8-0) Young struck out swinging.

Two outs, bases empty. ... Then the Red Sox go to work, and score eight runs!

And Rick Porcello (7-7-1-0-6, 109), blessed with that bushel of runs, came out for the third inning and struck out the first two Twins. After surrendering two singles, he struck out Eddie Rosario for the third out. ... Robbie Grossman homered on Porcello's first pitch in the third. ... Porcello retired the side in order only once, in the fourth.

Young hit his second home run of the game leading off the fifth. ... After hits by Moreland and Leon, Rutledge's single made it 10-1 in the seventh. ... Leon homered in the ninth.

Bogaerts, Benintendi, and Leon each had three hits. Moreland and Young each had two. Everyone in the starting lineup scored at least one run except Moreland (though Deven Marrero, who pinch-ran for Moreland, scored in the seventh).

Searching online, I found two teams that scored 13 runs in an inning with two outs.

July 7, 1923: Cleveland scored 13 runs with two outs in the sixth inning against the Red Sox in the first game of a doubleheader. Cleveland also scored in all eight of the innings in which it batted and won 27-3. (I don't know if the two outs were made by the first two batters in the inning.)

April 21, 1956: The Kansas City Athletics scored 13 runs with two outs in the second inning against the White Sox and won 15-1. (However, the inning began with a single and a double before two groundouts.)

(I also saw a game from August 8, 1954 mentioned, in which the Brooklyn Dodgers scored 12 runs after there were two outs in the eighth inning against the Reds. Looking at Baseball Reference, I see that Brooklyn scored 13 runs in the inning, 12 of which came with two outs. So that's different. ... According to the play-by-play, after the second out, Roy Campanella was walked intentionally with no one on base! The Dodgers won 20-7.)

Bonus: On May 23, 1901, Washington led Cleveland 13-5, with Cleveland coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth. The first two hitters were retired, before Cleveland rallied, scoring nine times and winning 14-13.

Double Bonus: In the first game ever played by the Detroit Tigers, on April 25, 1901, they scored 10 runs in the bottom of the ninth and beat Milwaukee 14-13. Then, the next day, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth and won 6-5. They beat Milwaukee 13-9 the following day. And the day after that (April 28), the Tigers scored three times in the bottom of the eighth and four in the bottom of the ninth to beat Milwaukee 12-11.
Rick Porcello / Nick Tepesch
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Benintendi, CF
Ramirez, DH
Moreland, 1B
Young, LF
Leon, C
Rutledge, 3B
Nick Tepesch started a total of 39 games for the Rangers in 2013 and 2014, but his only appearance in the last 2+ seasons was a four-inning start for the Dodgers in June 2016 (he allowed five runs).

Rick Porcello has given up only four earned runs in his last three starts. ... Since April 23, Jackie Bradley is 3-for-36 (.083).

Boston (15-14) is 4 GB the Yankees in the AL East.


allan said...

In case you were wondering what Eric Gagne is doing these days, he has signed with the Long Island Ducks.

allan said...


The Reds pounded the Giants for 13 runs and 16 hits, with four players notching three-hit games – Billy Hamilton, Eugenio Suarez, Scott Schebler, Jose Peraza – and two players tallying two hits each – Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall. The last time the Reds totaled at least 16 hits in a game with no more than six players hitting safely took place over 40 years ago. On July 26, 1976, six players produced all 16 of Cincinnati’s hits. George Foster and Dan Driessen each tallied four hits, while four Reds players had two hits apiece – Pete Rose, Ken Griffey, Sr., Joe Morgan, and Cesar Geronimo.

The Cubs have won 198 of their last 200 games in which they led by multiple runs at the end of eight innings. Both of those losses occurred at Wrigley Field, and both of them came at the hands of the Yankees. In addition to Friday's defeat, Chicago’s last loss in a game with a multi-run lead entering the ninth inning took place on May 21, 2014.

allan said...

The Reds also scored in 7 of their 8 innings: 321 312 01x.
They managed only a two-out walk in the 7th.