Sox put up best offensive game in recent history

Sox put up best offensive game in recent history
June 5, 2013, 2:45 am
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SOX 17, RANGERS 5

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BOSTON – It’s been a while since the Red Sox have put together a game like Tuesday night’s 17-5 thrashing of the Rangers at Fenway Park. And considering the Rangers entered Fenway with the best record in baseball, having swept the Sox in a three-game series in Texas last month, outscoring them, 16-4, there is probably not a less likely team against which the Sox would  have perpetrated this kind of a beating.
 
How thorough was the pummeling? Consider:

* The Red Sox scored at least one run in each of the first seven innings, the first time they have done so since July 3, 1998. It was the first time it has been done by any time since the Blue Jays did so on Aug. 7, 2010, according to Elias. No team has ever scored in every inning, according to MLB.

* The Sox’ 17 runs were their most in a game since scoring 18 on Sept. 19, 2011, against the Orioles.

* Their 19 hits were their most since recording  20 on Aug. 25, 2012, against the Royals

* The Sox had four players with three or more hits for the first time since that Sept. 19, 2011, games against the Orioles, when they had four hitters do so.

* The Sox recorded 13 extra-base hits, including eight doubles, a triple, and four home runs, their most in a game since July 29, 1990, at Detroit, and their most at Fenway since July 8, 1950, against the St. Louis Browns, when they recorded 17. They had a season-high eight players with an extra-base hit, their most since June 19, 2012, against the Marlins. The Sox eight doubles tonight were the most since Aug. 6, 2012, against the Rangers.

* Daniel Nava, who hit lead-off, and Mike Carp, in the second slot, combined to go 6-for-8, with seven runs scored, four RBI, a home run, two doubles, two walks, and a strikeout.

* By the second inning David Ortiz was halfway to the cycle, with a double and a triple already.

* The Rangers, who entered with the best ERA in the American League, allowed double-digit runs for the first time this season.

* It was the most runs the Rangers allowed  overall since giving up 19 on July 3, 2012, to the White Sox in Chicago.

* The Rangers matched their season high, allowing 4 home runs.

* Former Red Sox minor leaguer David Murphy – who was sent to the Rangers as part of Eric Gagne trade in 2007 – pitched a scoreless eighth inning. It was his first appearance at any position other than outfield or designated hitter. He was the only Rangers pitcher who did not allow a run.
 
“It’s just baseball,” said Mike Carp, who lead the Sox offense, reaching  base four times (for the third time in his career) going 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, and three runs.
 
“It happens. Over the course of a year, 162 games, you’re going to have opportunities to score a lot of runs. And tonight we didn’t stop. We kept it going all night and nobody gave in until the last out was made. So it was nice.”
 
Every member of the Sox starting lineup had at least one hit, except Mike Napoli who walked twice and had a sacrifice fly.
 
“I thought we did an outstanding job, obviously, up and down the lineup,” said manager John Farrell. “I thought our guys quickly got a read on [starter Justin] Grimm tonight. A lot of good swings. It seemed like the offday [Monday] did us a world of good just getting our legs back underneath us. But you can’t say enough about the hard contact we made. Ran the bases extremely well. And just a very good offensive night.”
 
Jackie Bradley, Jr., who has been struggling at the plate in his brief time in the big leagues this season, went 1-for-5, recording his first major league home run – a two-run shot off Grimm, scoring Jose Iglesias, into the bleachers behind the Sox dugout in the second.
 
“Felt great,” Bradley said. “Got a pitch I could handle. I guess I didn’t really feel it. It felt good coming off the bat. I’m glad to get the first one out of the way.
 
“It was a changeup down, I believe it was right down the middle and down. Just being aggressive. Swinging at more strikes that are in the zone and not just taking strikes looking for a particular pitch or location.”
 
Nava scored a career-high four runs, the first Sox lead-off batter to do so since Pedro Ciriaco on Aug. 23, 2012, against the Angels. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, and an RBI. It was his first game with multiple extra-base hits since June 1, 2012, at Toronto, when he hit three doubles.
 
“It was a lot of fun,” Nava said. “It’s just fun to be a part of that and the guys are obviously in the dugout in a good mood and I think what gets lost is pitching performances and defense and stuff like that. [Dustin Pedroia] was out there still making great plays even though we were up by so many runs. So I think that’s just something that’s typical of this team despite the offense, it’s still there. So it’s fun to be a part of.”