Friday, July 30, 2010
Rockies pelt record book in 12-run eighth
The Colorado Rockies could have gone into cruise control late in their game against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night; instead, they scored 12 insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th to finish off a 17-2 victory.
Colorado set franchise records for runs in an inning (12), hits in an inning (13), consecutive hits in an inning (11), plate appearances in an inning (18), and extra base hits in a game (12).
The Rockies also dented the MLB record book in the 12-run frame. They recorded 11 straight hits, a new record for most consecutive hits in one inning. They also became the third team to record eight extra-base hits in one inning (Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees in 2009, Chicago White Stockings vs. Detroit Wolverines in 1883).
Coming into Friday's game, Colorado hadn't reached eight extra-base hits in a single GAME this season. After the 8th-inning barrage, there are eight teams that have yet to reach that mark this season. The longest drought belongs to the Houston Astros, who last recorded eight extra-base hits in a game on April 8, 2009.
From Elias Sports Bureau: The Rockies 12 runs in the 8th inning is tied for the most runs allowed in an inning in Cubs history. The other two teams to reach that mark were the Montreal Expos (9/24/1985) and the Philadelphia Phillies (7/21/1923).