Singles night and rubber arms

June, 25, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO -- A few leftover odds and ends from Thursday’s 13-11 10-inning win over the Rockies:

* Singles night at Coors: Of the Rockies' 18 hits, 17 were singles. The only extra-base hit was Seth Smith’s double off Scott Atchison in the eighth. The last time a team hit that many singles against the Red Sox was Sept. 11, 1992, when the Tigers had 18 hits, all singles, in a 7-6 Red Sox win at Fenway Park. In the last 90 years, there have been only 14 games in which the Sox's opponent had at least 17 singles. The record is 20, by the Orioles on July 3, 1958, in a 15-inning 7-5 Sox loss at Fenway.

With three home runs, a double and single, Dustin Pedroia by himself Thursday night had 15 total bases. That’s just just four fewer than the entire Rockies team (19).

Fred Lynn holds the Sox record for total bases with 16 in his three-homer, five-hit night on June 18, 1975. Lynn also tripled and singled.

* The game lasted 4 hours 48 minutes, the longest game of the season for the Sox. The crowd of 48,582 was the largest to see the Sox this season.

* Rubber arms: Sox pitchers threw 226 pitches, most by an American League team this season, according to Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 105 pitches in the first five innings. Atchison threw the next most, 36, in 1 2/3 innings. The Rockies threw 204 pitches, for a two-team total of 430.

In the last 90 years, there have been only two games of 10 innings or fewer in which Sox pitchers have thrown at least 226 pitches. Sox pitchers threw 236 pitches in a 10-6 loss to the Orioles on July 21, 1996. Two months later, on Sept. 21, the Sox threw 227 pitches in a 12-11 loss to the Yankees.

Little wonder, then, that the Red Sox summoned reliever Fabio Castro from Pawtucket, optioning outfielder Josh Reddick.

* Power company: It has been duly noted that Pedroia became just the third player in Sox history to hit three home runs in a game in which he had five or more hits, joining John Valentin and Fred Lynn.

But what is striking that he became one of five players on the current Sox roster to have three home runs and at least four hits in a game. Victor Martinez went 5-for-5 with three HRs and seven RBIs while with the Indians. Mike Cameron hit four home runs in a 4-for-5 game with the Mariners in 2002 (all four home runs came with the bases empty). Jason Varitek went 4-for-4 with three home runs and seven RBIs. And Mike Lowell, while with the Marlins, went 4-for-6 with three home runs. Amazing that David Ortiz doesn’t make the cut.

*Stop, thief: Varitek threw out Jonathan Herrera attempting to steal twice, the second time in a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play in the seventh. That’s just one fewer than he’d thrown out all season. Varitek has now thrown out 5-of-26 would-be base stealers, 19.2 percent.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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