For the few of you that were unlucky enough to stay up until 2:00 in the morning hoping the Red Sox would just give the Rays a run, you saw an offensive show of anemic proportions. Here are a few more numbers from the futility…
- Prior to last night, only three teams in baseball history* had played at least 16 innings and had less than six hits. The Rays and Red Sox both did it last night.
- The Rays are the first team in baseball history to play at least 16 innings and have less than 4 hits.
- The two teams combined to go 8-102. That translates to an .078 batting average.
- While the Red Sox did manage 12 walks, the Rays only drew 1 walk in the 16 innings. That was just the 35th time in baseball history that a team played at least 16 innings and drew less than 2 walks.
- The Red Sox 12 walks was just the ninth time in baseball history that a team had at least 12 walks and scored less than 2 runs.
- Jeff Niemann and Josh Beckett combined for the best performance of the year by opposing starting pitchers. The two combined for a Game Score of 172.
- The games lasted 5 hours and 44 minutes. That is the longest game (based on time) in Rays history.
*For the sake of boxscores and data, “baseball history” means “since 1919.”