|Nuggetpalooza: Sifting through the ashes of another Red Sox heartbreaker||08.24.12 at 9:29 am ET|
Some things I thought you would like to know from Thursday night’s debacle:
* – The Red Sox bullpen allowed 19 baserunners in 7 1/3 innings on Thursday night, a WHIP of 2.59. That’s their highest/worst WHIP in a single game (min. 7 innings pitched) since 1996 and their highest at Fenway since at least 1990:
3.57 – at Twins, Aug. 10, 1994 (25 BR, 7 IP)
2.73 – at Brewers May 9, 1996 (20 BR, 7 1/3 IP)
2.59 – vs Angels, Aug. 23, 2012 (19 BR, 7 1/3 IP)
2.57 – vs Angels, June 8,1995 (18 BR, 7 IP)
2.43 – vs Rangers, April 17, 2012 (17 BR, 7 IP)
Notes: The game on Aug. 10, 1994, at Minnesota was the final game the Red Sox played that season as the infamous player strike began the day following their 17-7 loss to the Twins. Four Sox relievers (Scott Bankhead, Chris Howard, Todd Frohwirth, Tony Fossas) each allowed at least four hits and at least three earned runs after starter Chris Nabholz lasted only one inning (plus one batter). …
On May 9, 1996, the Brewers crushed Boston, 17-2, as Aaron Sele allowed six runs and didn’t get out of the first inning. Relievers Jamie Moyer (!), Brent Knackert, Rich Garces and Mike Stanton combined to allow 12 hits and eight walks. …
The April 17 game this season, an 18-3 drubbing at the hands of the Rangers, was highlighted by Mark Melancon‘s outing consisting of four hits, two walks, and three home runs without recording an out.
* – Clayton Mortensen allowed four baserunners without recording an out Thursday night, the eighth time this season that a Red Sox reliever has allowed three or more baserunners in an outing without getting an out. That’s the most such outings in the majors this season:
8 – Red Sox
7 – Cubs
7 – Diamondbacks
Notes: The Red Sox record for most such outings in one season is nine, set in 1998 and tied in 2001. The major league record is 15, by the Reds bullpen in 2007. No Orioles reliever has had such an outing since August 20, 2011, the longest current streak by any team in the majors.
* – The Red Sox fell to 0-25 in games in which they allowed seven or more runs this season. It could be their first winless season in such games since 1916, which would snap the third-longest streak in the majors at 95 straight years winning one or more such games. Only the Tigers (112 straight seasons) and the Cardinals (103) have longer streaks going.
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