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Nuggetpalooza: Romp at Fenway

06.21.11 at 11:42 am ET
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Some news and nuggets from last night’s romp at Fenway:

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* – The Padres threw 68 pitches in the 7th inning last night, tied for the third most pitches thrown in an inning since the start of the 2008 season. The only ones with more:

69 – Cardinals – vs. Phillies (6/13/08)
69 – Yankees – vs. Indians (4/18/09)

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* – For the game, the Padres staff wound up throwing 217 pitches despite not pitching the 9th inning. It was the most pitches thrown in an “eight inning” game since the Yankees needed 232 in a 15-5 loss in Tampa in 2009.

The most pitches in an eight inning game since 1995 is 252, by the Marlins in that famous 25-8 thrashing at the hands of the Red Sox in 2003.

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* – Boston batted around in the 7th inning, the league leading 15th time this year that they’ve done so:

15 – Red Sox
14 – Indians
12 – Cardinals

The Angels and Brewers have batted around only three times each this season. The Mariners have not batted around 15 times in either of the last two full seasons.

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* – Reliever Ernesto Frieri last night became the first Padres pitcher ever to allow four earned runs or more) without allowing a hit (he walked two and hit two).

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* – The Red Sox’ 14 runs were the fourth most ever scored in an interleague game by a team that did not hit a home run. It was just the fourth time in the last 50 years that the Red Sox scored 14 or more runs without benefit of a home run in any game.

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* – Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .545 (18-for-33) in interleague games so far this season. If he can keep it up, he’s on pace to set the single season interleague record:

.545 – Adrian Gonzalez, BOS, 2011
.508 – Joe Randa, KC, 1999
.493 – Hideki Matsui, NYY, 2003

Boston currently has three players in the interleague top ten for this season: Gonzalez (1st, .545), Kevin Youkilis (3rd, .480), and David Ortiz (9th, .414).  Dustin Pedroia, at .345 this interleague season, still sports a .362 lifetime interleague average, the highest in history, 14 points ahead of the now-injured Albert Pujols.

As a team, the Red Sox are hitting .360 in interleague play. The record is .330, by the 2007 Angels. They are also averaging 8.7 runs per interleague game, currently ahead of the single season record, held by the 2003 Red Sox (8.4).

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* – In their last 24 games at Fenway Park, the Red Sox have gone 16-8 while hitting .309 and averaging 6.1 runs per game. They’ve collected 11 or more hits in 15 of those 24 contests.

Of course, they’ve been outstanding on the road as well, winning 16-of-19 while averaging 6.8 runs per game in that span with a whopping 31 home runs.

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* – Kevin Youkilis has reached base 11 times in his last 16 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. Not bad for a guy who is hobbled. That includes eight RBI in his last six plate appearances with RISP and two outs. For the 2011 season as a whole, here are the AL leaders in batting average with RISP and two outs (min. 35 AB):

.415 – Adrian Gonzalez, BOS
.389 – Kevin Youkilis, BOS
.342 – Josh Willingham, OAK

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