Billy-Ball Daily: 2007-8-23

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Top of the 1st
As a daily writer I try as hard as I can to keep up with as many things as I can in baseball that is both relevant and interesting. I try to give you the highlights that you may not be paying attention to since it doesn’t involve your local or favorite team. I try as hard as I can to find things that you don’t ordinarily read about in either your local newspaper or even your second favorite baseball website. What I try not to do is restate the obvious.

On the other hand, if this is to be the column of record, it is incumbent upon me to write about records. This enables you to be able tell your children and grandchildren that if they want to learn about the game in which the Texas Rangers scored 30 runs, all they have to do is check the Billy-Ball archives.

It actually started out to be a terrific day for Orioles interim manager Dave Trembley as his two month audition ended and he was named manager for 2008, with a club option for 2009. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail held a press conference the morning after a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers that improved the Orioles record to 29-25 under Trembley, who took over for Sam Perlozzo on June 18.

“People forget about what this guy has done to get there. That’s what I admire and respect about Dave Trembley,” first baseman Kevin Millar told the Baltimore Sun. “There’s no, ‘I was a player for 10 years, and then I was a first base coach in the big leagues for three, and I was a bench for three, and then I got a job.’ Dave Trembley came out of nowhere. He appreciates managing at this level. He appreciates where he’s been. He’s done a phenomenal job, just with the respect that he’s getting from this club. When he speaks, everybody listens.”

Trembley insists that his players abide by these simple rules: “Be on time. Be professional. Respect the game.” Last night, Trembley also said, “You need to have a real short memory, and you let it go.”

In Game 1 of yesterday’s doubleheader, the Orioles held a 3-0 over Texas heading into the 4th inning. The Rangers sent nine men to the plate that inning and took a 5-3 lead. Judging the quality of the Texas staff and the ability of the rangers to strike out, this was no biggie.

After a scoreless 5th inning, the Rangers sent 14 batters to the plate in the 6th and took a 14-3 lead. Believe it or not, there was a scoreless 7th inning as well before Camden Yards began to look like New Orleans as the runs flowed over the levee.

In the 8th inning, the Rangers sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs to take a 24-3 that was now too commanding for even the Texas bullpen to surrender. But, now the Rangers either smelled blood, sensed history or Tim Donaghy had put the word out that the over/under on this game was 32 runs, because the Rangers sent 10 more batters to the plate, scored six more times and completed the 30-3 victory.

Here are 30 factoids to enable you to play “can you top this” at the water cooler today:
1. The Rangers did all their scoring in just four innings.
2. The 30 runs scored are the fourth most in major league history and the most in the modern era.
3. The Chicago Colts (now the Cubs) defeated the Louisville Royals, 36-7, in 1897.
4. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox each had scored 29 in 1950 and 1955, respectively for the old American League record.
5. The 27-run margin represented the largest margin of defeat in Orioles history.
6. The Rangers had 29 hits. The Orioles’ previous record for most hits allowed was 26 against the Chicago White Sox in 1981.
7. Texas tied a club record with 10 hits in the 6th inning.
8. The Rangers hit two grand slams for only the second time in club history.
9. The game included a 10-run and nine-run inning. It’s the sixth time in major league history a club has had two innings with at least nine runs.
10. The most runs they surrendered before yesterday were 26 against the Rangers in April 1996.
11. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez, the bottom two batters in Texas’ lineup, each homered twice and finished with seven RBI.
12. The last time two teammates had as many as seven RBI in a game was 1962, when Elston Howard had eight and Mickey Mantle had seven for the New York Yankees against the Kansas City Athletics.
13. Travis Metcalf and Marlon Byrd each had four RBI each hitting grand slams; Metcalf was the only Ranger batter with just one hit. Metcalf had been called up from Class AAA Oklahoma earlier in the day.
14. The Rangers became only the second team in 50 years to have four players total four or more RBI in the same game. The last time it was Philadelphia’s Pete Rose, Garry Maddox, Mike Schmidt and Bob Boone on May 17, 1979.
15. In 100 career at-bats before Wednesday. Metcalf had six RBIs. He had eight yesterday.
16. Texas’ 30 RBI set a major league record.
17. The Rangers had 57 at-bats, tying the AL mark for a nine-inning game set by Milwaukee against Toronto in 1992.
18. The 65 plate appearances by the Rangers tied the AL record for a nine-inning game also held by Milwaukee against Toronto on August 28, 1992. It was one shy of the major league record set by Philadelphia (NL) in 1922.
19. The Rangers set a club record for most runs in a doubleheader before Game 2 started.
20. By winning the second game, 9-7, Texas set an AL record for runs in a doubleheader, surpassing the 36 scored by Detroit in 1937. The Rangers garnered 11 more hits to complete their doubleheader sweep.
21. The Rangers had scored 28 runs in their previous nine games, including two runs on seven hits in their last two.
22. Orioles pitchers gave up 30 runs over nine innings – their ace, Erik Bedard has allowed 31 runs in his past 17 starts.
23. Starter Daniel Cabrera (9-13) allowed six runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.
24. Orioles relievers allowed 20 hits and 24 earned runs (72.00 ERA) in three innings.
25. Brian Burres was charged with eight runs and eight hits in two-thirds of an inning.
26. Rob Bell allowed seven runs and five hits, with three walks, in 1 1/3 innings.
27. Paul Shuey surrendered nine runs and seven hits, with three walks, in two innings.
28. Brad Wilkerson was the only Texas player who played and did not have a hit in the doubleheader although he did drive home the go-ahead run in the second game with a sacrifice fly.
29. In the twin bill, the Rangers had 40 hits and 13 walks in 92 official at-bats.
30. The Rangers entered the doubleheader ranked 11th in the AL in August runs scored (72) and 12th in batting average (.250).

Kason Gabbard was the recipient of this largesse from the rangers and picked up the win. He’s 6-1 with a 3.65 ERA. For me the weirdest stat is that Wes Littleton, earned the save for pitching the final three innings after coming in with a 14-3 lead.

Top of the 2nd
* 36: Chicago vs. Louisville, June 29, 1897 (NL)
* 35: Chicago vs. Cleveland, July 24, 1882 (NL)
* 31: Chicago vs. Buffalo, July 3, 1883 (NL)
* 30: Chicago vs. Louisville, July 22, 1876 (NL)
* 30: Boston vs. Detroit, June 9, 1883 (NL)
* 30: Philadelphia at Buffalo, June 26, 1890 (PL*)
* 30: Milwaukee vs. Washington, Sept. 10, 1891 (AA*)
* 30: Cincinnati vs. Louisville, June 18, 1893 (NL)
*PL denotes Players League; AA denotes American Association

Top of the 3rd
When the Texas Rangers hosts Seattle this week, fans not only can the Mariners but also stuff their faces, thanks to a new $29 all-you-can-eat ticket promotion. “We wanted to give fans another reason to come to a Rangers game,” the executive vice president of sales and marketing said.

The promotion has proven effective thus far as the 600 available seats have already been sold out for Saturday’s game with the Mariners and both Thursday and Friday’s games are near capacity, as well.

The tickets cost just $6 more than a regular ticket. Buying one bag of peanuts, one order of nachos, one hot dog, one bag of popcorn, and one soft drink would ordinarily cost $20.

If you are curious, the above contains 2115 calories which can be burnt off by running around the bases 216 times.

Top of the 4th
It was a bad night and a good night for Brandon Webb and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Webb allowed a run in the 1st inning ending his scoreless streak at 42 innings, 17 innings shy of Orel Hershiser’s major league record of 59 straight scoreless innings set in 1988. It was the fifth-longest streak since 1940, behind Hershiser’s 59 innings, Don Drysdale’s 58, Bob Gibson’s 47 and Sal Maglie’s 45.

More importantly, Webb won his sixth consecutive start to lead the Diamondbacks past the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2 stopping Arizona’s losing streak at three. The Diamondbacks’ victory salvaged the third game of the series between division leaders and kept them 3