Saturday, July 30, 2011
Yankees bats make early history
The Yankees offense didn't waste much time in its quest for a day-night doubleheader sweep over the Orioles on Saturday.
The Bronx Bombers scored 12 runs in the first inning. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that it is the most first-inning runs in franchise history. The previous high was 10 runs, done July 10, 1980 at Texas and July 28, 1924 at the White Sox.
The last time the Yankees scored at least 12 runs in any inning was June 21, 2005 against Tampa Bay (13 runs in the eighth inning).
Every Yankees hitter in the lineup scored at least one run and collected at least one hit.
On the flip side, the 12 runs is also the most the Orioles has allowed in the first inning in franchise history. The O's had allowed 11 on three previous occasions.
Orioles pitcher Zach Britton was recalled from the minors to make the start and surrendered nine of the runs (six earned) before being lifted for Jason Berken with one out in the first.
Combined with Britton's previous start on July 8 against Boston, he pitched ONE inning and allowed 17 runs, 13 of which were earned, giving him an ERA of 117.00 with a 16.00 WHIP in the two starts.
From Elias: Britton is the first pitcher in MLB history to have back-to-back starts, pitching less than an inning and giving up eight or more runs in each start.