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Last night, the Braves’ pitchers held the Dodgers to just 4 hits. The Dodgers won the game, however, and by a fairly easy 6-2 score. (It helped that all 4 hits were homers.) This got me to thinking about which teams have scored the most runs on just a few hits.
Most Runs With 0 Hits
In the boxscore era (since 1918), 14 teams have managed to score despite getting 0 hits. A few even managed to score more than 1 run:
It’s cool that all three of these teams managed to win their games, even the two that scored just two runs. (Twoother
The first game, in particular, deserves more examination. How, exactly, does a team manage to score 4 runs with no hits? After all, as we’ll see below, no team has scored that many runs while being one-hit. And the White Sox only got 5 walks (and no hit-by-pitches) in that game, so it’s not like the Yankees were particularly wild. The answer lies in the “ROE” column: the Yankees made 3 errors, all in the same inning, leading to all 4 runs. Here’s what happened in the bottom of the 8th inning with 2 outs and the score tied 0-0:
- Sammy Sosa Mike Blowers
- Ozzie Guillen
- Lance Johnson
- Robin Ventura Jim Leyritz
- Ivan Calderon Roberto Kelly
All I have to say about that is: poor Andy Hawkins
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Most Runs With 1 Hit
Eleven teams have scored 3 runs on 1 hit, but no team has managed 4 runs. Here’s the list:
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You’ll notice that the 1 hit was usually an extra-base hit. Only the aforementioned ’92 Royals, the ’50 Dodgers, and the ’49 Tigers scored 3 runs on just a single. All 3 teams benefitted from errors. Overall, these 3-run/1-hit teams went 5-6, which isn’t too bad of a record considering the circumstances.
Most Runs With 2 Hits
Ten teams have scored 5+ runs on just 2 hits. I guarantee that you’ll be surprised by just how many the top team scored:
You may recall that Ron Darling started one of the games in the 1-hit category when his A’s lost to the Royals in 1992. Almost exactly two years later, he came out on the good side of an even more improbable run-scoring burst. In the 1994 game, his A’s teammates scored 8 runs on just two hits, thanks in large part to 12 walks. Amazingly, both the A’s hits (a Stan JavierRuben Sierra
Oh, and there’s this: Rickey Henderson
Both the first two games came against Blue Jays pitching. In fact, the two pitchers from the second game–Woody WilliamsScott Brow Paul Spoljaric Bobby Bonilla Cal Ripken, Jr. Eddie Murray
Most Runs With 3 Hits
Four teams have scored 7 runs on 3 hits, but no team has matched the 8 runs that the 1992 A’s managed on just 2 hits. Here are the 4 who came closest:
The formulae for these games are pretty much the same: a bunch of walks grouped together with timely hits, with some steals, errors, wild pitches, and sac flies thrown in for good measure.
Most Runs With 4 Hits
The record-holder for this group scored an amazing 11 runs on just 4 hits–two singles and two doubles.
It’s too bad we don’t have a full play-by-play on that 1925 Browns game. While we don’t know the number of reaches on error, we do know from the boxscore that only 1 of the 11 runs the Browns scored that day was earned. The Red Sox made a grisly 7 errors, including 4 by the pitcher, Buster Ross
Also of note is the performance put on by Dodgers pitchers in the 1962 game. They needed 3 pitchers just to get through the first inning; in that inning, they issued 7 walks, and capped it off with a 2-run single. Later in the game, reliever Stan Williams
In 1918, Reds pitcher Pete Schneider
The play log and boxscore for the 1996 Tigers/Mariners game is quite fun, too.
Not only has no team scored more than 11 runs on 5 hits, no one has topped 11 runs on 6 hits. You have to go all the way up to 7 hits to find a team that scored 12+. So this seems like a good stopping point. I hope you enjoyed reading about these bizarre games.
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