In a 25-8 blowout of Florida on Friday, Johnny Damon became the second player in Major League Baseball history to have three hits in one inning, and the Boston Red Sox scored 14 runs in the first inning. The other player to do this is Pete Rose with the Cincinnati Reds on August 5, 1978. He had three hits including a home run, knocked in six runs and stole two bases in just four innings played in that game.
Damon's third hit was a double down the left-field line off Josh Beckett. He came around to score on Dustin Pedroia's single to right field. Then, after David Ortiz struck out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked on four pitches from Beckett and scored on Kevin Youkilis' single up the middle. The final score was 25-8.
In addition to being part of MLB history, this also set a new Red Sox record for most runs scored in an inning. The previous record was 10, done twice by the Yankees in 1999 and again by the Red Sox in 2004.
Here are the other players who have three hits in an inning: Eddie Murray (Red Sox), Joe DiMaggio (Yankees), Hank Aaron (Braves), Ron Santo (White Sox), and Rose (Cincinnati).
Ted Williams was the other Red Sox batter to bat three times in an inning, doing it in the seventh inning of a game against the Athletics on July 4, 1948. Williams walked twice and grounded out, making him the only batter to bat three times in an inning without getting a hit. The last time this happened was in 1884 when Sam Thompson of the Philadelphia Athletics did it.
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Stephens is the only player to have three hits in a single inning. (Note: This list excludes games played after 1995, such as Boston's game against the Marlins in 2003, when Johnny Damon batted three times in the first inning and doubled, tripled, and singled, joining Stephens in the record book.) The incident occurred on August 14, 1884, when he was playing for the Louisville Colonels. In that game, he had three hits: a double, a triple, and an RBI groundout.
He got his starts at second base, third base, and shortstop during his major league career. At the time of his death in 1908, he lived in Cincinnati where he was also buried.
Including playoff games, there have been 31 instances when a player has had three hits in an inning. The last time this happened was by Greg Vaughn of the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 13, 2001. He had three singles, including two off Kevin Appier of the Los Angeles Dodgers and one off Jeff Weaver of the Atlanta Braves. Overall, Greg Vaughn is the leader among left-handed hitters with 34 hits in an inning.
The last time a pitcher had three hits in an inning was by Denny Neagle of the Atlanta Braves on April 21, 1999. He had three singles, including two off Scott Sanderson of the San Diego Padres and one off Mike Smith of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Boston Red Sox hold the record for the most extra-base hits by a club in a single season with 649. 2003 Boston Red Sox members Luke Appling, Marco Scutaro, and Dustin Pedroia have the most with 195 each. The record is held by several players who played for the Chicago White Stockings/Boston Beanes/Braves/Giants/Grays/Heats/Hornets/Indians/Irish/Maroons/Metros/Naps/Patriots/Pilgrims/Pirates/Reds/Rockies/Royals/Salem Senators/Savages/Scouts/Sea Dogs/Sentries/Wolves.
Pedro Martinez (207) and Dwight Evans (200) are the only two players to hit 200 or more extra bases in a season.
Martinez's 203 hits include 12 home runs and 49 stolen bases while Evans' 201 includes 9 home runs and 48 swipes of base honor. Both players spent time on the injured list during their seasons. Martinez was sidelined from April 29 to June 16, 2004 after breaking his right hand while hitting against Tampa Bay. Evans missed 28 games in July and August 2000 because of a left hamstring strain. He returned on August 5th to play in the final game of the season.
There have been 400 in a single Major League Baseball (MLB) season as of 2018, the most recent being Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox in 1941. Three players—Ed Delahanty, Ty Cobb, and Rogers Hornsby—have done it in three different seasons, and no one has ever hit over. 40%
In 2001, Barry Bonds broke the record with 762 hits. As of 2019, he is still the only player to have ever reached this mark. In 2014, Mark McGwire came close when he got 187 hits, but he never made it past 171 during his time with the St. Louis Cardinals. No one has managed to get more than 200 hits since then.
In 1911, Jack Doyle of the Pittsburgh Pirates set a new major league record by hitting 403 balls out of the park. The last person to do so was Bobby Wallace of the Chicago White Sox in 1952. No one has come close since then.
In 1998, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees became the first player to reach 30 homers and 100 RBI in a single season. As of 2019, he remains the only player to have ever done so. In 2007, Vlad Guerrero Jr. made his debut with the Oakland Athletics and has not stopped hitting ever since. As of 2019, he is one of four players who have hit hundreds of homers in their careers; the others are Rodriguez, Mike Trout, and Mark Trumbo.
The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles (originally the "St. Louis Browns") have both been no-hit four times by the Red Sox. Jesse Tannehill no-hit the White Sox in 1904, Bill Dinneen in 1905, Parnell in 1956, and Monbouquette in 1962. The Orioles were no-hit by Verlander in 2017 and Buchholz in 2004.
In addition to these eight no-hitters, Grover Cleveland Alexander also no-hit the Red Sox in 1912. All nine total no-hitters are listed under here.
In conclusion, there have been nine total no-hit games thrown by the Red Sox, with eight of them happening during World War I. The only exception is Grover Cleveland Alexander who threw a perfect game against the Red Sox in 1912.
Andre Dawson (left), Alex Rodriguez (right), and Willie McCovey (left) are three of just five players to smash two home runs in the same inning twice...
|Date||June 2, 1949|
|Opposing team||Cincinnati Reds|
Ryan struck out three hitters on nine pitches in the second inning of a 3-0 win against the Boston Red Sox on July 9, 1972, becoming the seventh American League pitcher to do so and the first (and presently only) pitcher in major league history to do so in both leagues. The previous six pitchers to achieve this feat were all right-handers: Chuck Finley, Mark Fidrych, Steve Carlton, Jim Palmer, Don Sutton, and Dwight Gooden.
Ryan's final pitch was a 92-mph fastball that traveled at least 105 miles per hour, according to Baseball Reference. The strikeout victims were Ted Williams, who had a career.328 average at the time, and Carl Yastrzemski, who had a.344 mark during the '72 season.
The Houston Astros' inaugural game was played on April 4, 1962, at Washington Park with 1,420 in attendance. The pitching matchup was Joe Niekro vs. Johnny Podres (the first player selected in the expansion draft). Niekro went on to win 2-1 before a crowd of 1,421 people. Harvey Haddix started for the New York Yankees and lost 1-0. Bob Lemon was the last pitcher to defeat his original team, as he dropped a 1-0 decision to the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park.