While the Yankees’ comeback from a 9-0 deficit to win 15-9 yesterday was impressive, what tickled the VORG’s fancy was that the Bombers scored exactly seven runs in two consecutive innings. It got me wondering what the record might be for the highest number of the same runs scored in two consecutive innings.
It turns out that “7″ has been accomplished a few times:
August 7, 1894: The National League’s Baltimore Orioles (not a misprint) bashed the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (also not a misprint) 21-5 in the first game of a doubleheader, thanks to consecutive seven-run innings in the 2nd and 3rd.
August 1, 1932: The Phillies blitzed the Pirates with 7s in the 4th and 5th innings.
July 4, 1951: The Pirates joined the “7s” club, pounding the Reds in the 3rd and 4th innings of what turned out to be a 5 1/2-inning game.
May 7, 1999: The Indians stunned the Devil Rays, coming back from an 11-6 deficit with consecutive seven-run innings in the 7th and 8th to win 20-11.
But seven isn’t quite the record . . . we’ve had an “8″:
May 5, 2001: The Cubs took an ordinary 4-1 game with the Dodgers and turned it into a 20-1 blitzing with eight-spots in the 7th and 8th innings.
If you want to go back to the National Association days, we DO have one instance of a “9″:
July 3, 1871: The aptly-named Troy Haymakers rolled to a 37-16 win over the Mutuals of New York, scoring nine runs in both the sixth and seventh inning.
So, it appears the Yanks DID set a modern-day Major League record for the highest “same run” total scored in consecutive innings by a road team (for what that is worth).