Swapping Shutout Routs

Friday night, the Giants roughed up Hyun-Jin Ryu and ran away from the Dodgers, 9-0.  The next night, the Dodgers returned the favor on Tim Hudson and many other San Francisco relievers, 17-0.  Thus, we had consecutive shutouts by each team, with a total run differential of 26 (0-9/17-0). This got the VORG wondering what … Read more

“P”ing on the Shoulders of Giants

The San Francisco Giants have been occasionally starting five different players whose last names begin with the letter P.  One such instance occurred Thursday night at Milwaukee, when their starting nine went as follows: Batting Angel Pagan CF Hunter Pence RF Buster Posey 1B Pablo Sandoval 3B Mike Morse LF Joe Panik 2B Brandon Crawford … Read more

Lotta (Last Name) Letters in the Lineup

(Corrected from an earlier version) Last week, we listed the lineups with the most letters in them (considering last AND first names).  Now we’ll consider only last names. The starting lineup containing the most letters in the last names was achieved by the Chicago Cubs on August 23, 1946, as they hosted the Boston Braves.  … Read more

“Presidential” Pitching Matchups

Friend of the VORG Mike Gianella pointed out the following Saturday: ‏@MikeGianella Just noticed it is a battle of 19th Century Presidents in Philadelphia today. Indeed, Edwin Jackson was facing David Buchanan, calling to mind presidents Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan.  That seemed ripe for some Retrosheet gamelog mining, so here are the 141 “presidential” pitching … Read more

Five … Five Hour … Five Hour Ballgame!

As the Mets and Phils finished up their second consecutive five-hour contest Saturday evening, the Mets Twitterverse was abuzz with folks trying to figure out if New York had ever experienced back-to-back 300+ minute games.   Turns out, not only had the Mets not done that previously . . . NO TEAM had ever done that.  … Read more

Consecutive Games Scoring Unique Number of Runs

The Red Sox lost 6-4 Wednesday evening, but thanks to friend of the VORG Joey Mallick, we were more disappointed that Boston failed to score either seven runs, or more than nine runs in the game. You see, a couple of days ago, Mallick pointed out to me that his beloved Sox had scored a … Read more

All those Errors but no Unearned Runs

Friend of the VORG Dan Wachtell alerted me to the fact that the Astros managed to commit five errors Thursday night in a 10-1 loss, but those errors did not lead to even a single unearned run.  Dan wondered if that was a record for most errors without yielding an unearned run. With my Retrosheet … Read more

The First 5-4-5 Linescore in MLB History

History was made Thursday night, as the Red Sox were losing 14-5 to the Yankees.  The Sox finished with five runs on four hits, and committed five errors.  The resulting 5-4-5 linescore is the FIRST such tally in baseball history (nearly 200,000 games worth).  We’ve had 5-4-4s, 5-5-5s, 4-5-5s, but never before had a team … Read more