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Red Sox pull off a true rarity: 16 runs, no extra-base hits

Feb 28, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

Josh Harrison, Jackie Bradley AP

In regular-season action since 1916, just one major league team had matched the feat the Red Sox accomplished today.

Aided by a whopping 15 bases on balls, the Red Sox routed the Pirates 16-6 on Thursday without ever collecting an extra-base hit. The amassed 14 hits, all of them singles. Top prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. went 3-for-5. and Brock Holt and Juan Carlos Linares both delivered two hits. The walks were more plentiful; utilityman Drew Sutton drew four, while David Ross and Lule Overbay collected two apiece.

The only major league team known to have done the same was the Royals on Aug. 6, 1979. They beat the Blue Jays 16-12 on 17 singles and seven walks. Pete LaCock had four hits in that one, while George Brett had two hits and four RBI. Rookie Dave Stieb was the loser for the Jays, giving up six runs in six innings.

After the Royals, the last team to score at least 11 runs in a game with no extra-base hits was the 1993 Tigers. They beat the Blue Jays 12-1 on 15 singles and six walks on June 12. Four teams since 2000 have scored 10 runs without an extra-base hit, the last being the Phillies. They beat the Cardinals 10-2 on 11 singles, nine walks and two HBPs on June 21, 2011.

  1. cktai - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Haha LaCock.

    (thumb me down, I deserve it :o( )

    • missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Hey, the Blue Jays simply sucked LaCock that day.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:40 AM

        Careful people, he went to my high school, which also produced Robin Yount and Larry Dierker, as well as Lisa Kudrow. She wasn’t as good a ballplayer, but is probably funnier and smarter.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    The Sox are just showing their moneyballs. Even though the Greek God of Walks limped over to Fort Apache, they still know how to take a free pass.

    • bigleagues - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Youkilis is Jewish. #js

      • unclemosesgreen - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        That he is – he’s not actually Greek at all – his ancestors were Romanian Jews who fled Cossack persecution to Greece and changed their names.

        But he’ll still always be Euclis, the Greek God of Walks.

      • cur68 - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        ‘Leagues, you need to watch Moneyball. That’s where “Greek God of Walks” comes from

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Yeah, and I think they also might have written a book about the movie or something.

  3. ebrownwareagle - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM


  4. tfbuckfutter - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:11 PM


    It’s going to be a year of watching the poor-sport team in beer league softball who don’t swing at anything….only offense is walks and singles and one or two guys who can actually hit.

  5. proudlycanadian - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    One thing that I have noticed about Boston manager John Farrell, is that he is a great spring training manager but is not as good in the regular season.. Last season, his team had the best record in the Grapefruit League.

    • dan1111 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      I’m sure “great spring training manager” is a real thing and the differences had nothing to do with a small sample size and playing a bunch of minor-leaguers in spring training.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:24 AM

        In other words, Red Sox fans should not get excited if their team has a good record in the Grapefruit League.

  6. schlom - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Brock Holt!

  7. sportsdrenched - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I like that this statistacal oddity is noted. But it’s still a spring training game.

    I mean, we’re talkin’ about practice!

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