Lesser Known Facts About The 30 Run Game

In every season, every team -even terrible ones- make something historical happen.  For the 2007 Texas Rangers, it was an afternoon in Baltimore. It was exactly 6 years ago yesterday. On August 22nd, 2007, in that fabulous game, the Rangers scored a modern day-record 30 runs. You can watch the highlights of all 30 runs in this video. The graph below is FanGraphs’ win expectancy chart for the game.

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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”.


Kazuto Yamazaki is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning.com. He can be reached on Twitter@Kazuto_Yamazaki or at lonestarfastballer@yahoo.com.

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Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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