May 28, 2019

Rafael Devers: Only Red Sox Player In History (Age 22 Or Younger) With An Extra-Base Hit And A Run Scored In 7 Straight Games (And Now: 8 Games!)

NOTE: All stats in this post are for players age 22 or younger. That was not completely clear originally. (Here is a list of all Red Sox players with streak of games with an extra-base hit and a run scored.)

UPDATE: Devers hits his first career triple in the sixth inning and scores on Xander Bogaerts's single. That's eight consecutive games!! In all of baseball history, only Ken Griffey Jr. has a longer streak.
Rafael Devers is the first Red Sox hitter in history (age 22 or younger) to have an extra-base hit and a run scored in eight seven straight games.
May 20 at TOR - 3-for-5, HR, 2 RS, 3 RBI
Mat 21 at TOR - 2-for-3, HR, RS, RBI, BB
May 22 at TOR - 1-for-6, HR, RS, RBI
May 23 at TOR - 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI
May 25 at HOU - 3-for-4, 2B, RS
May 26 at HOU - 2-for-4, HR, RS, RBI
May 27 vs CLE - 1-for-5, 2B, RS, RBI
May 28 vs CLE - 2-for-5, 3B, RS
16-for-37, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 10 RS, 9 RBI, 2 SB, 1 BB, 5 K - .432/.447/.892, 1.339
(In his last 30 games (since April 24), Devers is hitting .367/.406/.625, 1.031. (Updated))

Three Red Sox players had six-game streaks: Carl Yastrzemski (June 11-16, 1963), Ted Williams (May 27-June 1, 1939), and Babe Ruth (April 30-May 9, 1918).

As far as Red Sox players and consecutive games with "only" an extra-base hit, Williams had a nine-game streak in 1939 (August 28-September 4) and a eight-game streak in 1940 (August 13-20), and Reggie Smith had a seven-game streak in 1967 (August 19-23).

From today's Red Sox Game Notes:
Prior to Devers, the last players to record an XBH and score a run in 7+ straight games were Ronald Acuña Jr. (8 in 2018), Jack Clark (8 in 1978), and Hank Aaron (7 in 1956)...No AL player had done that in 80 years (Barney McCosky, 7 in 1939).
I did my own search, using Baseball Reference's Play Index, and the Red Sox Media Dept. is wrong. The last two AL players were Francisco Lindor (2017) and Miguel Andujar (2018).

Most Consecutive Games With An Extra-Base Hit & A Run Scored (Age 22 or Younger) (UPDATED)
Ken Griffey Jr.    10 games   July 19-29, 1993
Rafael Devers       8 games   May 20-28, 2019
Ronald Acuña Jr.    8 games   August 8-14, 2018
Jack Clark          8 games   May 11-19, 1978
Miguel Andujar      7 games   April 13-23, 2018
Francisco Lindor    7 games   September 7-13, 2017
Orlando Cepeda      7 games   August 18-24, 1961
Hank Aaron          7 Games   July 16-22, 1956
Willie Mays         7 games   June 21-27, 1954
Barney McCosky      7 games   June 19-26, 1939

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