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Nuggetpalooza: Nuggets from lost weekend in Motown

04.09.12 at 10:59 am ET
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Can you stomach a few nuggets from this weekend in Detroit?

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Thursday, April 5 – L, 3-2

* – The Red Sox lost a Jon Lester start for the fifth straight time, the longest such streak of Lester’s career.

* – Lester faced six full counts on Thursday, allowing a walk, single, and double to go along with three fly ball outs. Before the 7th inning yesterday, he had not allowed an extra base hit on a 3-and-2 count since last May 3, covering 99 straight full count plate appearances.

* – Key number: Hits – Detroit 10, Boston 5. The Red Sox lost for the 98th consecutive time when they’ve allowed at least twice as many hits as they collected. Their last win in such a game came nearly seven years ago (May 17, 2005) in a 7-5 win at Oakland when the Red Sox were out-hit 9-4 but collected 11 walks.

Note this: Since the start of the 2006 season, every major league team except Boston has won at least one game despite being doubled up in hits. The Angels (12), Blue Jays (11), and Braves (10) have the most such wins in that span.

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Saturday April 7 – L, 0-10

* – The Red Sox allowed multiple homers to multiple players in a game on Saturday for the first time since… September, 2010 against the Yankees. In fact, every team has allowed 2+ HR to 2+ players in a game since the 2000 season except the Mets (1999) and the A’s (1994, against Butch Hobson’s Red Sox when Mo Vaughn and Tim Naehring each went deep twice).

* – Saturday was the 828th time since 1918 that the Red Sox have been shut out in a regulation game (nine innings or less). But it was just the third time in that span that their opponent used five or more pitchers to stifle Boston. The other two such shutouts came in 2007 against Oakland and in 2000 against Atlanta.

* – Through Saturday, the Red Sox’ team OPS was the lowest in the AL:

.486 – Red Sox
.518 – Indians
.529 – Twins

Need a “silver lining”? The noodle bats of the Pirates (.373) and Padres (.435) in the NL sported lower OPS’ than the Red Sox through Saturday.

* – The five HR allowed by the Red Sox snapped a 172-game streak where they had allowed four or fewer homers. Just for reference:

Red Sox longest streak ever without allowing 5+ HR in a game: 2,243 games (1918-1932);
Longest such streak in MLB history: 4,275 games (4,275 games, Indians, 1927-1955);
Longest current streak without allowing 5+ HR: 524 games (Tigers, since August, 2008);

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Sunday April 8 – L, 13-12 at Detroit (11 innings)

* – Mark Melancon became just the fourth Red Sox reliever (and first in 35 years) to take losses in each of his first two outings with the club, joining Bill Campbell (1977), Gary Wagner (1969), and Tommy Thomas (1937).

Note this: It’s the first time in Melancon’s career that he’s made consecutive appearances where he’s allowed runs AND pitched less than a full inning. He became the fourth Red Sox reliever ever to start his Boston career with two such outings, joining Jim Corsi (1997), Keith Shepherd (1995), and Skip Lockwood (1980).

* – Saturday and Sunday was the first time that Boston starters have allowed 7+ earned runs on consecutive days since April 18-19, 2010, when Jon Lester and John Lackey did the trick against Tampa Bay. I cannot find where they’ve allowed 7+ on three straight days since 1962, when they had three such outings in a four-games-in-three-days stretch.

Note this: Back in 1996, Red Sox starters allowed 7+ ER four times in five days:

June 15 – Tim Wakefield
June 16 – Vaughan Eshelman
June 18 – Aaron Sele
June 19 – Tom Gordon

* – Alfredo Aceves became the first Red Sox pitcher ever to start a season with consecutive outings consisting of 2+ batters faced and no outs recorded. He’s the first Boston pitcher to do that at any point in a season since Hideki Okajima allowed six hits and a walk over two games in 2009. Only 11 Sox hurlers (including Aceves) have ever had two such outings in a row (only five since 1978). No Red Sox pitcher, and only two in MLB history, have ever had three such outings in a row.

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It’s only three games. It’s only three games. It’s only three games.

Can you stomach a few nuggets from this weekend in Detroit?

Thursday, April 5 – L, 3-2 at Detroit

* – The Red Sox lost a Jon Lester start for the fifth straight time, the longest such streak of Lester’s career.

* – Lester faced six full counts on Thursday, allowing a walk,single and double to go along with three flyball outs. Before the 7th inning yesterday, he had not allowed an extra base hit on a 3-and-2 count since May 3, covering 99 straight full count plate appearances.

* – Key number: Hits – Detroit 10, Boston 5. The Red Sox lost for the 98th consecutive time when they’ve allowed at least twice as many hits as they collected. Their last win in such a game came nearly seven years ago (May 17, 2005) in a 7-5 win at Oakland when the Red Sox were out-hit 9-4 but collected 11 walks.

Note this: Since the start of the 2006 season, every major league team except Boston has won at least one game despite being doubled up in hits. The Angels (12), Blue Jays (11), and Braves (10) have the most such wins in that span.


Saturday April 7 – L, 0-10 at Detroit

* – The Red Sox allowed multiple homers to multiple players in a game on Saturday for the first time since… September, 2010 against the Yankees. In fact, every team has allowed 2+ HR to 2+ players in a game since the 2000 season except the Mets (1999) and the A’s (1994, against Butch Hobson’s Red Sox when Mo Vaughn and Tim Naehring each went deep twice).

* – Saturday was the 828th time since 1918 that the Red Sox have been shut out in a regulation game (nine innings or less). But it was just the third time in that span that their opponent used five or more pitchers to stifle Boston. The other two came in 2007 against Oakland and 2000 against Atlanta.

* – Through Saturday, the Red Sox’ team OPS was the lowest in the AL:

.486 – Red Sox
.518 – Indians
.529 – Twins

Need a “silver lining”? The noodle bats of the Pirates (.373) and Padres (.435) in the NL sported lower OPS’ than the Red Sox through Saturday.

* – The five HR allowed by the Red Sox snapped a 172-game streak where they had allowed four or fewer homers. Just for reference:

Red Sox longest streak ever without allowing 5+ HR in a game: 2,243 games (1918-1932);
Longest such streak in MLB history: 4,275 games (4,275 games, Indians, 1927-1955);
Longest current streak without allowing 5+ HR: 524 games (Tigers, since August, 2008);


Sunday April 8 – L, 13-12 at Detroit (11 innings)

* – Mark Melancon became just the fourth Red Sox reliever (and first in 35 years) to take losses in each of his first two outings with the club, joining Bill Campbell (1977), Gary Wagner (1969), and Tommy Thomas (1937).

Note this: It’s the first time in Melancon’s career that he’s made consecutive appearances where he’s allowed runs AND pitched less than a full inning. He became the fourth Red Sox reliever ever to start his Boston career with two such outings, joining Jim Corsi (1997), Keith Shepherd (1995), and Skip Lockwood (1980).

* – Saturday and Sunday was the first time that Boston starters have allowed 7+ earned runs on consecutive days since April 18-19, 2010, when Jon Lester and John Lackey did the trick against Tampa Bay. I cannot find where they’ve allowed 7+ on three straight days since 1962, where they had three such outings in a four games in three days stretch.

Note this: Back in 1996, Red Sox starters allowed 7+ ER four times in five days:

June 15 – Tim Wakefield
June 16 – Vaughan Eshelman
June 18 – Aaron Sele
June 19 – Tom Gordon

* – Alfredo Aceves became the first Red Sox pitcher ever to start a season with consecutive outings consisting of 2+ batters faced and no outs recorded. He’s the first Boston pitcher to do that at any point in a season since Hideki Okajima allowed six hits and a walk over two games in 2009. Only 11 Sox hurlers (including Aceves) have ever had two such outings in a row (only five since 1978). No Red Sox pitcher, and only two in MLB history, have ever had three such outings in a row.
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