Lesser Known Facts About The 30 Run Game
That’s the part everyone knows. Everyone loves to talk about the slaughter.That was one brighter part of the miserable season. Since 1916, a team scoring 30 runs in a game happened just once. Yes, that game was the only one.
In this post, I’m adding some lesser-known facts about that murderous afternoon. Let’s dig deeper into that historic campaign.
- The Rangers had 6 players (Frank Catalanotto, Ian Kinsler, Jason Botts, David Murphy, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ramon Vazquez) who had 3 or more hits. This is the 2nd most number in team history. They had 7 such players on July 25, 2011 against Minnesota.
- Saltalamacchia, who was acquired by the Rangers 3 weeks prior to this game, hit the 8th spot in the lineup and had 2 HR, 7 RBI. Since 1916, only 18 other players, including current Rangers backstop A.J. Pierzynski, have done that.
- Vazquez hit behind Salty in the order and had 2 HR and 7 RBI as well. Since 1916, only 3 other players have had done this while hitting 9th.
- All 4 pitchers the O’s used gave up at least 6 runs. Since 1916 no team except for them ever had 3 or more pitchers giving up 6 or more runs in a game.
- Among those 4 pitchers, Paul Shuey and Brian Burres gave up 9 and 8 runs respectively. It was the 9th time since 1916 and 1st time since July 9, 1988 that 2 relief pitchers on the same team gave up 8 or more runs in the same game happened.
- Oh, and Wes Littleton notched a save in this game. A save! In a 27-run game! You think the save fairly evaluates relief pitchers? Anyway, it was some kind of record. No one had ever had a save in a 27-run game before Littleton. Because no team had won a baseball game by 27 runs since 1916 before this day. The save became an official stat in 1969.
- Wes Littleton might not be the best reliever in the history of baseball, but he will forever be remembered as “the guy who recorded a save in a 27-run game”.