It’s always a novelty when a team scores a shit-ton of runs in one game. It could happen at literally any time, by any team, against any pitcher (or group of pitchers, as the case may be).
Now, odds are, a team won’t score 20 runs in a game that Felix Hernandez starts, or Justin Verlander, or Cliff Lee, but this is baseball. Anything COULD happen. The Houston Astros could lead off later this afternoon in Colorado and hit an infinite number of home runs without making a single out. Obviously, that’s not bloody likely, but still.
File last night under: Baseball Be Crazy.
The Texas Rangers are coming off of two straight seasons where they’ve made it to the World Series. The Seattle Mariners are coming off of two straight seasons of historic offensive ineptitude. The Texas Rangers currently lead all of baseball in runs scored and are in the Top 10 in E.R.A. They lead the AL West by 5.5 games over Anaheim and have the best record in the AL. The Seattle Mariners started the night in the bottom third in runs scored, they’re tied for last in the AL West, and they’ve allowed a Perfect Game this season. The Mariners had been shut out 6 times in 52 games (going into last night); they’d been held to 2 runs or less 19 times; 3 runs or less 26 times (a.k.a. half of their games have seen the Mariners score 3 runs or fewer).
Going into last night, Derek Holland had straight up OWNED the Seattle Mariners. Then, he gave up 8 runs and 8 hits and couldn’t get out of the second inning. Normally, the Rangers’ bullpen is something to be feared. last night, they pitched 7.1 innings and gave up 13 runs (11 earned) off of 12 hits and four walks.
Every Mariners starter got a hit last night. Every Mariners starter reached base at least twice. Kyle Seager led the charge, going 4 for 6 with 2 Doubles, 2 RBI, and 4 runs scored. Jesus Montero went 3 for 4 with 2 walks, a home run, a double, 4 RBI, and 4 runs scored. Justin Smoak had probably the best day at the plate: 3 for 5 with a walk, 2 home runs, a double, 6 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Even Michael Saunders got into the act, going 3 for 6 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored.
The Mariners went 9 for 17 with runners in scoring position. They now sit at 14th in all of baseball in runs scored. Granted, we’ve got a couple extra games on most of the other teams, but 14th! After being 30th the past two seasons!
A game like last night is to be cherished. Especially considering all the bullshit we’ve had to go through with this team. Makes me glad for this day off today. I’d rather have this pleasant, warmed-over feeling last a little longer before we get into the month of June and the hell that’s surely coming with it.