Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Dodgers offense leaves Twins feeling blue
The Los Angeles Dodgers capped an eventful day with one of the biggest offensive outbursts in franchise history. They pounded out 25 hits en route to a 15-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins, their second straight win after a stretch of 11 losses in 16 games.
They are the first team in baseball this season with at least 25 hits and 15 runs in a game, and it's the first time the Dodgers have accomplished that since 2006.
Their top four hitters Monday -- Tony Gwynn, Casey Blake, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp -- combined to go 13-for-20 with two HR and six RBI, with just two strikeouts. Trent Oeltjen went 4-for-4 giving the Dodgers three player with at least four hits in the same game for the first time since July 26, 2002 against the San Francisco Giants (according to Elias).
Every Dodgers starter had a multihit game. According to Elias that's the first time they've done that since May 18, 1949 when they were in Brooklyn! They beat the Cubs 14-5 that day with a starting lineup featuring FOUR Hall of Famers.
It’s tied for the second-most hits by a team in an Interleague game all-time, behind only the 28 hits the Boston Red Sox got against the Florida Marlins exactly eight years ago. It’s tied for the most hits the Dodgers have had in a game since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.
Elias also tells us that it’s the second-largest shutout win ever in an Interleague game, trailing only the 16-0 Athletics win over the Giants in 2005.
The last time the Dodgers won a shutout by at least 15 runs was all the way back in 1969, when they beat the expansion San Diego Padres 19-0. They did it with the help of just one home run, and with Don Drysdale on the hill.