September 17, 2020

September 9: Atlanta Sets New NL Runs Record In 29-9 Rout Of Marlins

A new National League record for runs record was set on September 9, 2020, when Atlanta beat the Marlins 29-9.

Marlins - 0  2 3 300 100 -  9 13 2
Atlanta - 0(11)2 363 40x - 29 23 0

The previous NL mark was 28 runs, set by the St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Phillies, 28-6, on July 6, 1929 (two 10-run innings). The all-time record of 36 runs was set on June 29, 1897, when the Chicago Colts (now the Cubs) whipped the Louisville Colonels 36-7.

The modern (since 1900) major league record is 30 runs, by Texas in a 30-3 rout of the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader on August 22, 2007. (Texas scored in only four of its nine innings that night. Also, Atlanta's Nick Markakis was the Orioles' right fielder in that game and Ron Washington, Atlanta's third-base coach, managed the Rangers.)
Back in 1883, when the Atlanta franchise was known as the Boston Beaneaters, they scored 30 runs on June 9 and 29 runs on June 20.

Boston Beaneaters    - 20(10) 250 632 - 30 28  7
Detroit Wolverines   - 32  1  110 000 -  8 16 21

Boston Beaneaters    - 311 447 540    - 29 26  1
Philadelphia Quakers - 100 100 002    -  4 10 17

Both games were in Boston and the Beaneaters chose to bat first.

The Atlanta-Marlins game was also the first 29-9 score in major league history.
Atlanta's Adam Duvall hit three home runs, his second three-dong night in a span of only eight days (September 2-9). Duvall and Nelson Cruz (2019) are the only two players in the last 35 years with two three-homer games in an eight-game span. Doug DeCinces of the Angels had two three-homer games in a six-day span (August 3-8, 1982).

Duvall's nine RBI tied a single-game record for Atlanta. He now shares the team record with Tony Cloninger, a pitcher! On July 3, 1966, Cloninger hit two grand slams and an RBI single and pitched a complete game against the Giants.

Duvall is the first player in major league history to hit a two-run homer, three-run homer and a grand slam, in that order, in a single game.

Atlanta scored 18 of its 29 runs on home runs, tying a major league record. 

In the game before this one, the Marlins had shut out Atlanta 8-0. The Marlins are the first modern team to give up 29 more runs in one game than it allowed in its previous game. They dethroned the 2007 Orioles, who had prevailed over Texas 6-2 the day before they lost 30-3. 

In its nine games prior to September 9, the Marlins gave up 24 runs in 72.2 innings. Then they allowed 29 runs in only eight innings. 

The Marlins' previous record for runs allowed came in a 25-8 loss to the Red Sox on June 27, 2003. Boston scored 14 runs in the first inning of that game, including 10 runs before making an out. Leadoff hitter Johnny Damon had a single, double, and triple in the first inning; he finished the night 5-for-7, but did not hit for the cycle.

Marlins reliever Jordan Yamamoto was torched for 13 runs in 2.2 innings. He and Vin Mazzaro (Royals, 14 RA in 2.1 IP, May 16, 2011) are the only relief pitchers in the past 75 years to allow 13+ runs in a game.

Atlanta's Bryse Wilson earned [sic] a save in the 29-9 victory.

Also on September 9, the Brewers beat the Tigers 19-0

Brewers - 031 305 304 - 19 21 0
Tigers  - 000 000 000 -  0  2 1

There has been only one other day in major league history on which two teams won by 19 or more runs. It happened more than 136 years ago. On July 4, 1884, the Chicago White Stockings beat the Philadelphia Quakers 22-3 (National League) and the Boston Reds beat the Kansas City Cowboys 22-3 (!!) (Union Association).

Atlanta and the Brewers combined for 48 runs scored. That's the most runs two teams have combined to score in different games, on the same day, since September 10, 1891. On that particular Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers (unrelated to the current team) beat the Washington Statesmen 30-3 (American Association) and the Boston Beaneaters beat the Cincinnati Reds 18-6 (National League).

Runs scored by the Brewers, September 9-15: 19, 1, 2, 0 (no hits), 2, 2, 18.

The last team to score 19+ runs and be no-hit in a four-game span was the 1962 Angels. Earl Wilson of the Red Sox no-hit them 2-0 on June 26 and they beat Boston 19-7 on June 28.

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