It was late Saturday night. The Padres had just scored two runs in the top of the twelfth to take an 8-6 lead on the Brewers. I was skimming the boxscore when I noticed that all the runs have been scored in two-run half-inning increments. I tweeted to fellow stat geek Doug Kern about this novelty.
— Diane Firstman (@dianagram) May 15, 2016
He normally would have been more interested, but it was quite late, and the point was at that moment being rendered moot. 🙂
@dianagram There’s a pesky “1” up there now though. And it needs to stay that way so I can go home. 🙂
— Doug Kern (@dakern74) May 15, 2016
The “one” was a Jonathan Lucroy homer in the bottom of the inning, leaving the Padres with an 8-7 victory.
But still, I wanted to satisfy my curiosity.
I went to my collection of Retrosheet gamelogs and searched for the most two-run innings in the linescores, seeking those without any other “crooked numbers”.
It appears that had Lucroy NOT homered, the teams would have only tied the all-time record, originally set in a game on July 7, 1951. In that contest, a regulation nine-inning affair, the Reds held on to beat the Cubs by that same 8-6 score.