Monday, April 11, 2011
An offensive Ray-demption in Boston
The Tampa Bay Rays scored almost a season's worth of runs Monday night when they beat the Boston Red Sox 16-5. That's the most runs they've ever scored against the Red Sox; the previous record came in a 15-9 win on July 24, 2003.
Other notes to come out of this wild affair Monday night:
• The Rays scored 16 runs after scoring 20 runs in their first nine games combined.
• In the second inning, the Rays scored six runs on six hits, three of which went for extra bases. That's more runs, hits and extra-base hits than they averaged PER GAME in their first nine games of the season.
• Sam Fuld came to bat in the ninth inning needing a single for the cycle
and hit a double. He's the fifth player in Rays history with four extra-base hits in a game, the first since Tomas Perez in 2006.
He entered the game 5-for-42 lifetime in at-bats ending in an off-speed pitch; he was for 3-for-4 in such at-bats Monday.
• Every Rays starter raised his batting average in this game except Dan Johnson, who was 0-for-4 and is hitting .079 this season.
• The Rays are one of two American League teams to have two five-run innings this season. The other team is the Texas Rangers. For the season, Texas has scored 60 runs and the Rays have scored 36.
• This is the seventh time in franchise history the Red Sox are 2-8 through their first 10 games (they have never been worse).
However, it's just the second time it has happened since the end of WWII. They also started 2-8 in 1996 (and finished that season 85-77, third place in AL East).
• The Red Sox have allowed 69 runs through their first 10 games. That's tied with the 1980 team for the third-most runs allowed through 10 games. Only twice in their franchise history have they allowed more than 69 runs in the first 10 games: in 1901 and 1902.
• The Red Sox did get an offensive highlight when David Ortiz tripled in the fourth inning. Ortiz has a triple in every season since 2000.
Two other AL players have a triple in every season since at least 2000, entering this season: Johnny Damon has a triple in every season since 1995 (doesn't have one yet this season) and Carlos Guillen has a triple in every season since 2000 (doesn't have one yet this season, on DL).