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20 years since an MLB linescore like this

The linescore from Monday night’s Minnesota Twins-Texas Rangers game might have aroused the interest of any baseball stats junkie. Through five innings, the TEX row looked like this: 3-3-3-5-4.

That’s 18 runs, and at least three of them in each inning. The Twins tried four pitchers by the end of the fifth inning and found themselves down 18-1 as they headed to the top of the sixth.

When was the last time we saw a linescore that crooked so early in the game?

Elias tells us that the last team to score at least three runs in each of the first five innings of a game was the Athletics, who did so Sept. 29, 1991, against (who else?) the Rangers. The A’s line was 3-3-6-3-3. They went on to win by a final score of 19-5.

The Oakland lineup that night featured Rickey Henderson leading off, Jose Canseco batting third and Mark McGwire batting seventh. Henderson went 5-for-5, Canseco went 4-for-4 and McGwire went 2-for-3.

But wait. Elias can take us back even deeper into baseball history. Since 1900, only one other team has posted such numbers. The Phillies did it against the Pirates all the way back on July 13, 1900. Their linescore through five innings in that game was 5-4-4-3-4.

One more tidbit -- when the A’s pulled off their five-inning feat 20 years ago, they tacked on another run in the sixth inning. This time, mercifully for the Twins, the Rangers went scoreless in the sixth.

They did, however, finish the game scoring 20 runs -- the first MLB team to 20 this season.

Always Remembering His First

When Jason Kipnis stepped to the plate for the ninth inning in Cleveland, he was 0-for-3 on the night and 0-for-5 in his very short MLB career.

But one single later, Kipnis not only had his first hit; the Indians had a walk-off win.

First Career Hit is a Walk-Off, Past 10 Years

The last player to have his first career hit be a walk-off was Scott Cousins last year for the Marlins, according to Elias.

In fact, only five players in the past decade have made their first hit a walk-off, and one of them is already a six-time All-Star. Miguel Cabrera did it on June 20, 2003, smashing a walk-off home run in what was not only his first career hit, but his first career game.