Teams to score 25 or more runs in a game
We’ve all witnessed a rout or two in Major League Baseball, but there are some routs that stand out from the others in terms of their statistical significance. When you begin to close in on 30 runs, you are entering uncharted terrain. With their 29-9 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night at Truist Park, the Braves became the newest members of that select club. In terms of the number of runs scored in a game, where does Atlanta’s victory rank? Listed below is every game in Major League Baseball history in which a club scored 25 or more runs.
The Rangers were scoreless through the first three innings of this game, which served as the opener of a doubleheader at Camden Yards.
Then came the fireworks, with the Rangers scoring five runs in the fourth inning to take a commanding lead.
In the sixth, Marlon Byrd hit a grand slam as part of a nine-run frame, and in the eighth, Travis Metcalf hit a grand slam and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit two-run homer as part of a 10-run session.
- They went 18-for-25 (.720) with runners in scoring position throughout the season.
- Adam Duvall was the slugging star for a club in Atlanta that had a lot of them on this particular evening.
- Until Doug DeCinces of the Los Angeles Angels hit three home runs in a game twice in five days in 1982, he was the only player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish this feat more than once in a shorter period of time.
- The 29 runs scored set a new National League record, and the final score of 29-9 was the first time in Major League Baseball history that a game concluded with that final score.
- Those Texas Rangers were managed by Braves third-base coach Ron Washington in 2007, and Atlanta outfielder Nick Markakis was the starting right fielder for the Orioles on that particular night 13 years ago in 2007.
- Minnie Minoso and Sherm Lollar each had two home runs and drove in five runs for the Cubs, with Lollar hitting two home runs.
- Walt Dropo and even starting pitcher Jack Harshman hit home runs in the win, putting the game out of reach for the opposition.
On June 8, 1950, the Boston Red Sox defeated the St.
Starting with an eight-run second inning, the Red Sox went on to score in each of the following three innings, putting a skewed total on the scoreboard.
Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr was the catalyst for Boston’s offense, hitting three home runs and driving in eight runs.
Ted Williams, another Hall of Famer, also blasted two home runs in the match, driving in a total of five runs.
Despite the fact that St.
By the fifth inning, the Cards had built a 13-3 lead, and they added another 10 runs in that frame before finishing the scoring with a five-run eighth.
Bottomley and Hafey are both Hall of Famers.
On July 7, 1923, the Indians defeated the Red Sox (3), 27 – 3.
With six and five RBI, respectively, Rube Lutzke and Riggs Stephenson combined to drive in 11 runs, with Lutzke tripling twice and Stephenson double three times in the rout.
The remarkable thing about this game is that Lefty O’Doul entered the game in relief of Boston starter Curt Fullerton and was hit for 16 runs, just three of which were earned.
Despite hitting just one home run on the way to scoring 26 runs, the Royals managed to do so in the sixth inning at Comerica Park, courtesy of Angel Berroa’s three-run blast.
In this game, the riches was distributed evenly around the lineup, with four players driving in three or more runs.
Zack Greinke, a 20-year-old rookie, began for the Royals and went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out three.
The Rangers and Orioles both feature on this list for the second time, with Texas once again serving as the routefinder.
Texas exploded for 16 runs in the seventh inning with the Rangers ahead 10-7.
Gonzalez drove in six runs, Elster drove in five, and Clark drove in three.
On August 18, 1995, the Cubs defeated the Rockies (7).
Cubs pitcher Bret Saberhagen, who had just been traded from the Mets to the Rockies for the stretch run, took the loss after allowing seven runs in the first inning.
The Cubs’ offense was paced by Luis Gonzalez, who doubled, homered, and drove in six runs.
On June 11, 1985, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets (7).
As the game progressed, Philadelphia scored five points in the fifth, one in the sixth, and four in the eighth.
Calvin Schiraldi, a right-hander who came out of the bullpen in relief of New York starter Tom Gorman, who only lasted a third of an inning, was forced to wear it in this game.
On August 12, 1948, the Indians defeated the St.
Lou Boudreau, a Hall of Fame player-manager, and pitcher Gene Bearden each drove in four runs, with Bearden hitting a two-run home run in the first inning as part of a 4-for-6 day at the plate.
When the Tribe had runners in scoring position, they went 14 for 22 (636).
This was the Phil Weintraub game; the first baseman stopped a single short of the cycle and drove in 11 runs, accounting for 14 percent of his season-high 77 RBI total for the 1944 campaign.
One-third of the Giants’ 26 runs were scored with two outs, and Weintraub drove in seven of those runs with his singles.
Here’s a rare situation in which both teams scored more than 20 runs in the same innings.
As the game progressed, the Cubs were unable to keep pace with the Phillies, who scored 17 runs, 14 of which came in the eighth and ninth innings.
On June 4, 1911, the Reds defeated the Boston Rustlers (3) by a score of 26 to 3.
But what we do know is that Cincinnati third baseman Eddie Grant went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run – his lone home run of the season and one of just five he would hit in his 10-year professional career.
Mike Mitchell, the Reds’ right fielder, finished 5-for-6, including a double. The Reds scored seven runs in the first inning against Boston starter Cecil Ferguson, who didn’t record a single out in the process.
Other teams to score 25 or more runs since 1900
On June 27, 2003, the Red Sox defeated the Marlins (8). On May 24, 1936, the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia A’s (2). On May 11, 1930, the Indians defeated the Philadelphia A’s (7), 25 -. On September 23, 1901, the Brooklyn Superbas were 25 – against the Reds (6). On June 9, 1901, the New York Giants won 25 – 13 against the Cincinnati Reds. On June 29, 1897, the Chicago Colts defeated the Louisville Colonels (7) by a score of 36 – 7. On July 24, 1882, the Chicago White Stockings defeated the Cleveland Blues (4), 35 -.
On July 22, 1876, the Chicago White Stockings defeated the Louisville Grays (7), 30 -.
On June 26, 1890, the Philadelphia A’s defeated the Buffalo Bisons (12) by a score of 30 to 12.
The Top 15 Highest Scoring MLB Games in History
- Mike Schmidt, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was a participant in one of the most high-scoring games in MLB history. The Center for Sports Photography/Getty Images MLB fans looking for fast-paced, low-scoring pitching battles have come to the wrong place. As clubs prepare for the start of the season, baseball officials are looking for ways to speed up the pace of play. The act of signaling a purposeful walk will save a few precious seconds. Keeping batters inside the confines of the batter’s box may help to eliminate a few ticks here and there. At the end of the day, baseball is an untimed game that may drag on for an eternity if sides fail to record any outs. With the assistance of Baseball-Play Reference.com’s Index, let’s take a look back at all regular-season games played since 1901 to discover the games with the greatest amount of runs scored in Major League Baseball’s modern era. The games are listed in ascending order of total runs scored. The ties (the vast majority of the matches concluded with 35 or 36 runs) are listed in chronological sequence from oldest to newest by year. Because of the non-stop offensive in these games, the fans were constantly engaged. The box scores depict extravagant stat lines that would be out of place in a video game, yet many of these events took place long before such technology was available. Even though some of the teams are no longer in existence (at least not in the same location), two long-standing National League clubs participated in two of the sport’s most dramatic shootouts.
- Before migrating to Baltimore, the St. Louis Browns, who made a total of 10 mistakes on Opening Day in 1925, were known as “lovable losers.” According to the Associated Press The Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Browns kicked off the 1925 season with a clean football score and a sloppy baseball game, respectively, in Cleveland. St. Louis had a great chance to start the year with a win in the eighth inning, as the Cardinals led 13-9 entering the frame. That was before the team surrendered a dozen runs in a single session to go down 21-14. Cleveland’s legendary outfielder Tris Speaker hit one of the team’s four home runs and swiped one of the team’s five stolen bases on the day. However, it is hard to ecstatically congratulate the winners when the losers made a total of 10 mistakes. Ten. The softball team from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant suffered greater disasters than the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant’s baseball club did in “Homer at the Bat.” Please accept my apologies on behalf of Tye Dillinger, but that is far from ideal. Following that, the Browns relocated to Baltimore and changed their name to the Orioles, despite not having won a single title during their time there. After the NFL’s St. Louis Rams relocated to Los Angeles, ESPN.com’s Thomas Neumann took a look back at the city’s long-forgotten Major League Baseball team. After looking back at the team’s Opening Day disgrace in 1925, renowned broadcaster and St. Louis native Bob Costas’ argument for why they were never criticized for relocating appears prescient. As Costas said to Neumann, “it’s not just that they’re horrible, it’s that they’re humorously, lovably, ridiculously bad.” “As a result, I believe that the reason they are remembered fondly isn’t just because they were once present and then vanished, or because they were terrible. The reason for this is that they were unusually awful.”
- Jimmie Foxx, shown here with his brother Sam, hit three home runs to lead the Philadelphia Athletics to an 18-17 victory over the New York Mets. Associated Press photo by anonymous When looking at the most high-scoring games in Major League Baseball, the Philadelphia Athletics came up more than anybody else. And they were virtually invariably on the losing end of the battle:
- 1901: The Boston Americans defeated the Philadelphia Athletics by a score of 23 to 12. 1932: The New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Athletics by a score of 20 to 13. 1936: The Chicago White Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics by a score of 21 to 14.
- Because there are two more Athletics weaknesses on this list, let’s take a look at one of their successes. Some readers may argue that this game isn’t worth seeing because the Athletics and Indians required 18 innings to score a total of 35 runs. Nonetheless, they went into additional tied at 15 apiece before both teams stumbled. Jimmie Foxx, the famous first baseman, went 6-for-9 with three home runs, the latest of which he smashed in the 16th inning. Cleveland, on the other hand, was able to counter the two-run outburst with a pair of runs. Even the pitchers got into the spirit of things. Eddy Rommel, who pitched a then-unthinkable 17 innings in relief of Philadelphia starter Lew Krausse, went 3-for-7 with a walk in the game against them. Clint Brown, the opener for the Cleveland Indians, had two hits but surrendered 13 runs. Although the Indians scored 17 runs, which is a usual high total, they left a startling 24 runners on base in the process. Shortstop Johnny Burnett’s nine hits, which tied an MLB record, went to nothing in the heartbreaking 18-17 loss.
- The Athletics didn’t survive long in Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, losing their first game of the season. According to the Associated Press The problems are the same in every city. When the Athletics were relocated to Kansas City in 1955, they had played 54 seasons in Philadelphia. Following their sixth game at Municipal Stadium, it’s likely that the fans wanted them to be sent away once more. In just over a week after allowing 27 combined runs in consecutive defeats, the Athletics suffered a humiliating defeat that will go down in baseball history. The Chicago White Sox equaled the Boston Red Sox’s MLB record of 29 runs scored in a single game in 1950 when they scored 29 runs in a single game. Bobby Shantz, the Oakland Athletics’ starting pitcher and the 1952 American League MVP, surrendered nine runs before being relieved in the second inning. By the end of the inning, the White Sox had built a commanding 11-3 lead. Sherm Lollar, the team’s catcher, and outfielder Bob Nieman both had two of the team’s seven home runs. Batting from the eighth hole, Lollar racked up five hits, a total that was equaled by leadoff player Chico Carrasquel in the same game. He finished with a.348 slugging percentage for the season, which was a career high for him. Before relocation to Oakland in 1968, the Athletics had never surpassed 75 victories in any of their 13 seasons in Kansas City
- Instead, they finished last in the American League West.
- In a 22-13 defeat to the Chicago White Sox in 1970, Carl Yastrzemski’s home run was not quite enough to overcome the deficit. The Center for Sports Photography/Getty Images Across the 1970 season, the White Sox and Red Sox competed for the title of “colored-sock champion” in high-octane contests throughout the park. The White Sox avoided a sweep by hitting home plate a total of 22 times in the last game of their inaugural series. Boston responded with a stunning 13 runs, the first of which came on a home run by ace first baseman Carl Yastrzemski in the first inning. By that point, though, the Cubs had already surged out to a 6-0 lead after a fast start sparked by two Red Sox errors in the first inning. Chicago’s offensive fiesta was coordinated by outfielder Walt Williams and shortstop Luis Aparicio, who both collected five hits in the top of the batting order. Bill Melton, the team’s third baseman, hit the lone long ball of the game, a solo homer to begin the third inning. On August 29, Chicago repeated as champions with a 13-9 victory over Boston, this time on the strength of their attack. The next day, the Red Sox avenged their earlier loss by defeating their young adversary, 21-11, to begin a two-game sweep.
- On April 24, 1996, Paul Molitor lead the Minnesota Twins to a 24-run outburst, which marked the end of his professional baseball career. Image courtesy of Al Bello/Getty Images The Minnesota Twins started 1996 on a high note, scoring an average of 7.0 runs per game through the month of April. Three weeks after pounding the Detroit Tigers to the tune of 16 runs, they tormented their American League Central opponents once more. Minnesota scored in all but one inning of the 24-11 thrashing on April 24, and they did it in six of those innings with three runs or more on the board. Paul Molitor, the designated hitter, showed that he could still bat for power at the age of 39, knocking in five runs on a triple and a home run. In the ninth inning, with the game already decided, Chip Hale hit a three-run home run to take Molitor’s place. Greg Myers, a journeyman catcher who retired with a career.708 on-base percentage, contributed five hits, including two doubles, to help open the floodgates. Detroit was defeated by a score of 13 despite the fact that second baseman Mark Lewis hit two home runs. Only rookie Dan Naulty was able to escape with a perfect game in the run column out of the 12 pitchers that took the mound. With three shutout innings, the Twins reliever was able to calm the fierce Tigers offense.
- A pair of home runs were hit by Matt Holliday during the Colorado Rockies’ 18-17 victory over the Florida Marlins on July 4, 2008. Images courtesy of G Fiume/Getty Images It should come as no surprise that Coors Field has hosted two of baseball’s most legendary slugfests in recent history. Colorado Rockies pitchers and catchers dominated in the first of two marquee games in their hitter’s paradise nine years ago. In a day filled with fireworks, the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins combined for 43 hits and 35 runs, marking the Fourth of July holiday for both teams. While Colorado’s first four batters combined to go a total 16-for-22 with five home runs and 13 runs, Florida’s Mike Jacobs reached base six times (4-for-4 with a double and two walks) and scored six runs. This includes leadoff hitter Ryan Spilborghs and franchise cornerstone Matt Holliday, both of whom took advantage of the venue’s high altitude by hitting two home runs apiece on Saturday. While still down, the Rockies began the final inning losing 17-16. However, they rallied with four hits, the last of which came from Chris Iannetta, to secure the walk-off victory.
- During a doubleheader at the Baker Bowl in 1929, the Brooklyn Robins and the Philadelphia Phillies combined for a total of 50 runs scored. Getty Images courtesy of Transcendental Graphics Despite the fact that the Dodgers are currently known as the Dodgers, the team was known by a variety of nicknames before settling on the present appellation. When the Robins scored 26 runs in a doubleheader on May 18, 1929, it was written into the annals of baseball history. They needed nearly all of their 20 in the first game to upset the Philadelphia Phillies, 20-16, in a contest that included five-hit performances from outfielders Johnny Frederick and Babe Herman, among others. With five runs in the first inning, the Robins chased Phil Collins from the game for the Philadelphia Phillies. Avenging their earlier loss, the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage by winning the second game of the doubleheader 8-6. First baseman Chuck Klein, who hit a home run and drove in five runs in the previous defeat, hit a home run and drove in another in the victory.
- Ted Williams was honored by the Red Sox with a statue outside of Fenway Park in his honor. Photograph courtesy of Joe Robbins/Getty Images Athletics is back in action. Have you ever had the pleasure of meeting Ted Williams? In terms of hitting baseballs, he’s really decent. On June 29, 1950, he caught two of them and drove in two runs with a double and a home run. He ended up with six runs on the basis of a pair of RBI groundouts. A two-inning stretch was all it took for the game to spin out of control. It was impossible for the Athletics to chip away at the Red Sox’s 14-7 advantage, which grew into a 22-14 victory at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. In fact, this wasn’t even Boston’s most prolific scoring season in 1950. During the Browns’ 29-4 thrashing on June 8, every starter reached base at least twice. At the time, the 29 runs set a new Major League Baseball record, which was subsequently matched by the Chicago White Sox before the Texas Rangers broke the mark with 30 runs on August 22, 2007.
- In April 1954, Ernie Banks drove in 23 runs for the Chicago Cubs against the St. Louis Cardinals, setting a major league record. According to the Associated Press Rarely have rivals in any sport engaged in a prolonged struggle like the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, who scored 36 runs on just 35 hits in their respective teams’ third games of the 1954 season. Future Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Ralph Kiner, and Ernie Banks each contributed one hit to the album, but it didn’t stop the rest of the audience from going crazy. St. Louis scored five runs in the second inning, but Chicago responded by scoring five runs in the third inning. The game was back and forth until the Cubs blasted it up in the fifth inning with a home run. Despite the fact that the Cubs’ sole extra-base hit was a Gene Baker double, they managed to score 10 runs on six walks (one of which was intentional) and six singles. St. Louis’ shaky defense contributed to the calamitous frame by committing two of its five blunders throughout the period. The Cardinals’ season was wrecked by a lack of run prevention throughout the season. Despite leading the National League in runs scored (799), they ended one slot ahead of the Cubs in sixth place out of eight teams in the league.
- In 1969, Johnny Bench made his first step toward prominence. The Center for Sports Photography/Getty Images While not yet known as “The Big Red Machine,” the 1969 Reds nonetheless boasted a strong roster that included Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Alex Johnson, and an impressionable Johnny Bench. On Aug. 3, they contributed to the Phillies’ 19-17 victory over them, despite the pitching staff’s worst day of the season. All in all, the four sluggers batted a combined 16-for-21 with four walks and 11 runs in 11 innings. Rose made it to the starting point seven times. Philadelphia led 9-5 after three innings, but Rose and Lee May each hit three-run home runs in the fifth inning to give the Phillies a 10-run advantage. The Phillies rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning, but ultimately came two runs shy of the victory. Despite finishing the season with an 89-73 record, the Reds began their dynasty the next year by making their first of four World Series appearances throughout the decade.
- The Rockies were amazed by Jeffrey Hammonds, who hit three home runs for the opposition Reds in a game against them. The next season, he was dealt to the Colorado Rockies. Photograph courtesy of Mike Fiala/Getty Images Now, let’s go back to Coors Field and look at a game that didn’t go as well for Colorado. On May 19, 1999, the Reds and Rockies got things started right away, scoring a combined total of 10 runs in the first inning. In the first inning, Sean Casey’s three-run home run led to Cincinnati’s six-run advantage, but Colorado tied the game in the second inning. Cincinnati, on the other hand, was far from being done. The National League Central team scored a total of 17 runs from the fourth to seventh frames. Casey went yard once more to complete with a spectacular 4-for-4 performance that included three walks, five runs scored, and six RBI. Jeffrey Hammonds, who hit three home runs in the game, is perhaps the player with the most memorable line, according to this writer. While playing little during his career, the outfielder was able to improve his slash line to a still-middling level. That day, I shot 205/.286/.455. Nonetheless, his power explosion may have been a watershed moment in his season, which he finished with a hitting line of.279/.347/.523. The Rockies must have liked what they saw because they signed Hammonds the next year and made him their starting outfielder in the outfield. He had 61 games to savor Coors, and he had a scorching performance. In his new home field, he hit 399/.465/.651 with 14 home runs, earning him his first and only All-Star selection in his 13-year career
- Kevin Youkilis saved Boston from blowing a 10-0 lead to the Texas Rangers. courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images The 2008 Red Sox stockpiled double-digit runs in 15 games. The only offense to register ahigher OPSthan their.805 was the Rangers. Both AL powerhouses put on a show whenmeeting on Aug. 12at Fenway Park. After David Ortiz blasted two homers off Scott Feldman in a 10-run first, Boston probably thought it quickly pulverized its way to an easy victory. Yet Texas stormed back with eight scores in the fifth and five more the following frame. When both teams took a much-needed seventh-inning stretch (one run apiece), the Rangers suddenly boasted a 16-15 advantage. Luckily for the Red Sox, Kevin Youkilis’ three-run homer in the eighth turned an epic collapse into a triumphant comeback. “Both teams were as frustrated as the next, but you just have to play it out,” Youkilis toldMLB.com’s Mark Remme. “You’ve got to play until you get that 27th out.”
- The New York Giants played their home games at Polo Grounds until 1958, when they relocated to San Francisco. According to the Associated Press During the 2016 season, the New York Giants of the National Football League scored an average of 19.4 points per game. On June 9, 1901, more than a century before the Giants relocated to San Francisco, they clinched a 25-13 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Given the Giants’ strong showing throughout their regular-season campaign, their outstanding performance is even more remarkable. They concluded the season with a 52-85 record, averaging 3.8 runs per game, and only 19 home runs for the season. George Davis, the shortstop who hit seven home runs and had a.426 slugging percentage, was the most potent hitter in the lineup with his bat. They were shut out 15 times by their opponents. Despite this, they burned up all of their offensive potential in a single game against the Reds, who allowed an NL-worst 5.8 runs per game. Next that, pitcher Christy Mathewson was responsible for two of the Giants’ six home runs the following season.
- Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies put an end to a 23-22 slugfest with a game-winning home run in extra innings. The Center for Sports Photography/Getty Images Consider the scenario of needing to go into extra innings after scoring 22 runs. The Phillies and Cubs found themselves in this strange situation during the second-highest scoring game in Major League Baseball since 1901. Starting pitchers Randy Lerch and Dennis Lamp each recorded only one out on May 17, 1979, setting the tone for a chaotic duel that followed. Philadelphia, who entered the third inning with a 7-6 advantage, outscored themselves by scoring eight runs in the fourth. The Cubs then scored 13 runs in the fourth through sixth innings, with three more in the eighth inning. Bill Buckner, the Cubs’ first baseman, went 4-for-7 with a home run and seven RBIs in a game played years before his notorious World Series gaffe. Left fielder Dave Kingman, who was batting behind him in the cleanup role, cleared the bases with three long flies to left field. A total of 11 runs were scored by the Phillies on a dozen hits, with Pete Rose, Larry Bowa, and Garry Maddox each hitting two doubles for the team. Mike Schmidt, on the other hand, was not content with only two bases. A pair of home runs were delivered by the outstanding third baseman, instead. His second home run broke the 22-22 tie in the tenth inning, and Rawly Eastwick, luckily, was able to hold on to the newly gained advantage. One could argue that the Phillies had been waiting 57 years for a chance to avenge their 1922 loss to the Cubs, which was the game with the greatest scoring total in baseball history. More on it in a moment
- In 1922, Cubs Park was the site of the highest-scoring game in Major League Baseball history. Getty Images courtesy of Transcendental Graphics The Philadelphia Phillies were on the verge of pulling off the greatest comeback in baseball history. The Cubs scored 10 runs in the second inning, but it wasn’t their greatest performance of the game. They scored 14 points in the next two sets to build a commanding 25-6 lead. Even the Philadelphia Eagles would have a difficult time overcoming such a significant disadvantage. Despite this, the Phillies remained in the game. They began to chip away with three runs in the fifth inning before putting up eight runs in the eighth. With only three more outs at their disposal, they were able to cut the deficit to 26-23 before running out of steam. The Phillies scored 23 runs on 26 hits without hitting a single home run throughout the season. In addition to four hits and two round-trippers, the Cubs’ outfielder Hack Miller showed some power, living up to his moniker with two home runs. Forcing starter Jimmy Ring and reliever Lefty Weinert to eat terrible innings for the club was mercilessly done by the Philadelphia Phillies. In total, Ring allowed 17 baserunners and 16 runs, while Weinert allowed 10 runs and 18 baserunners before settling in to finish the game. Despite this, the 57-96 club may have pulled off a spectacular victory if manager Kaiser Wilhelm had given mercy to his stumbling hurlers earlier. By the way, the game with the greatest combined score in Major League Baseball history lasted three hours and one minute. Please keep in mind that all statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.
The Highest Scoring Games – Society for American Baseball Research
Important Note from the Editor: The numbers presented here are for the 1979 season. If you remember back to May 17, 1979, when the Phillies defeated the Cubs 23-22in 10 innings at Wrigley Field in Chicago, it sparked an investigation into previous exceptionally high scoring games throughout baseball history. One of the great ironies of baseball history is that the only game in which a larger two-team score was ever recorded was also played at Wrigley Field, and between the same two ball teams.
- In the 1979 game, the Phillies watched a 21-9 lead evaporate before ultimately claiming victory in the 10th inning on Mike Schmidt’s second home run of the game (the Cubs’ Dave Kingman hit three home runs), which came off bullpen ace Bruce Sutter’s pitching performance.
- The 1979 game holds the record for the greatest score in an extra-inning game, as well as the record for the highest score in a game decided by a single run (both in 1979).
- Prior to the 1979 spectacular, Brooklyn of the Players League (a one-year major league) beat Buffalo 28-16 on July 12, 1890, at Brooklyn Stadium, in the second-highest scoring game in baseball history.
- That game and the previous one set records for the highest score in a one-run game in nine innings and the highest score by a single team in a single game, respectively.
- The Athletics were on a one-day excursion to Cleveland at the time of the game (no Sunday ball was permitted in Philadelphia at the time), and Athletics Manager Connie Mack brought just two pitchers with him.
- As a result, Mack brought in reliever Eddie Rommel, who would later become an umpire, who was obliged to hurl the rest of the way.
- Despite the fact that Rommel had thrown three shutout innings the day before, the Athletics were a part of a period in which they had played doubleheaders on July 7, 8, and 9, with another scheduled for July 11.
Brooklyn defeated Syracuse by a score of 22-21 in Brooklyn in an American Association game played while the circuit was still a major league in 1890 – the greatest one-run decision in the history of the game, which lasted nine innings.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 22-14 on June 29, 1950, in a game that was played in Shibe Park, rather than the more pleasant Fenway Park in Boston.
Earlier in June, the Red Sox trounced the lowly St.
With a batting average of.302 that season, Boston became the last major league club to record a season batting average in excess of 300 points.
In terms of the most points scored by a single club in a single game, the Chicago NL team, then known as the White Stockings, established the mark with a 36-7 victory over Louisville in 1897, when they were known as the White Stockings.
There have been over 150 games since 1900 in which a team scored 20 or more runs in a single game (including two games in which both sides achieved the feat), however there have been no contemporary games in which a team scored 30 or more runs.
The Chicago White Sox were the most recent team to accomplish the feat in 1955, when they defeated the Kansas City Athletics by a score of 29-6, tying the Boston Red Sox’s 29-4 victory against the St.
Since 1900, the St.
In the two National League games between Philadelphia and Chicago, which were played in 1922 and 1979 respectively, are the highest scoring games in major league history for both clubs combined, as seen in the following linescores: Aside from those games, the linescores of the Syracuse-Brooklyn AA game in 1890, which holds the record for the highest one-run decision in nine innings in major league history, and Chicago’s 36-7 win over Louisville in 1897, which holds the record for the most runs scored by one team in a major league game, are included.
Take note that the Cubs had innings in which they scored 10 runs and innings in which they scored 14 runs in a very inconsistent offensive performance in 1922. The 17th of May, 1979
The date was August 25, 1922.
The date was June 29, 1897.
The date was April 18, 1890.
The following is a list of major league games played prior to 1900 in which one team scored 30 runs or both sides scored 40 runs for the opposing club. The presence of an asterisk signifies the home team.
- Chicago defeated Louisville 30-7 on July 22, 1876 (NL)
- Chicago defeated Cleveland 35-4 on July 24, 1882 (NL)
- Boston defeated Detroit 30-8 on June 9, 1883 (NL)
- Chicago defeated Buffalo 31-7 on July 3, 1883 (NL)
- Boston defeated Pittsburgh 28-14 on August 27, 1887 (NL)
- Brooklyn defeated Syracuse 22-21 on April 18, 1890 (AA)
- Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 28-16 on July 12, 1890 (PL)
- Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh 23-17 on August 7, 1890 (NL)
- M defeated Syracuse 22-21 on September 10, 18
The following are the major league games played between 1900 and 1979 in which one team scored 25 runs or both teams scored 35 runs: 1900-1979: League of the United States
- Apr. 19, 1900:Philadelphia wins 19-17 over *Boston on opening day
- June 9, 1901:New York wins 25-13 over *Cincinnati (forfeit game)
- Sept. 23, 1901:Brooklyn wins 26-23 over *Cincinnati
- June 4, 1911:*Cincinnati wins 26-23 over Boston
- Aug. 25, 1922:*Chicago wins 26-23 over Philadelphia
- May 18, 1929:Brooklyn wins 20-16 over *Philadelphia
The American League is a professional baseball league based in the United States.
- On May 2, 1901, Boston defeated *Philadelphia 23-12
- On September 9, 1921, Chicago defeated Detroit 20-15
- On July 7, 1923, Cleveland defeated Boston 27-3 (Game 1)
- On April 14, 1925, Cleveland defeated *St. Louis 21-14 (Opening Day)
- On May 25, 1936, New York defeated *Philadelphia 25-2 (Lazzeri had 11 RBI)
- On August 12, 1948, Cleveland defeated *St. Louis 21-14 (Game 2).
You Can Put It on the Board: The Highest-Scoring Performances in Major League History
MLB Major league batters are hitting for the fences at a higher rate than they have ever done before. In recent years, several sluggers have redesigned their swings to help them put more runs on the board in the most effective manner possible, according to Baseball America. There are more home runs in the game today than there were during the steroid era, with six of the seven seasons with the greatest home run rates occurring between 2016 and 21 taking place between those two years. We made the decision to open up the record book and take a look back at some of the finest attacking performances in the history of football.
Most Runs Scored by One Team (Modern Era):
Despite holding a 3-0 lead after three innings, the Orioles’ season quickly deteriorated from there. A five-run fourth inning set the tone for Texas’s scoring, which continued with nine more runs in the sixth. And if you were expecting the Rangers to take their foot off the gas after taking a 14-3 lead in the eighth inning, you were wrong. Their offensive output in the eighth inning was ten runs (including two grand slams and a three-run blast) and six more in the ninth inning! Their total of 30 runs came from 29 hits, including six home runs.
After winning the first game of a doubleheader 30-3, Texas went on to score nine more runs in the second game, which was played just a few hours later.
Most Runs Scored by One Team (Pre-1901):
Of course, the Chicago Colts have the official MLB record for most consecutive wins (now the Chicago Cubs). Chicago scored in each of the game’s nine innings and received six hits, including a home run, from shortstop Barry McCormick. You do remember him, don’t you?
Most Total Runs Scored in a Game:
To find the most high-scoring Major League Baseball game in history, we have to travel back nearly 100 years. Strangely enough, the Cubs only managed to score one run in each of the four innings they played and went for just one run in two of them. The second and fourth innings, on the other hand, were offensive stomping grounds. On its second trip to the bat, Chicago scored ten runs, and two innings later, it exploded for fourteen runs. Philadelphia used only two pitchers on the day in question, with Jimmy Ring giving up 16 runs and reliever Lefty Weinert giving up a further ten (only 14 runs were earned).
The only other regular-season game in which both Major League Baseball clubs scored more than 20 runs was between the same two teams and took place at the same venue the previous year.
Philadelphia Phillies 23, Chicago Cubs 22, 10 innings; May 17, 1979
We went into great length on the history of this Phillies-Cubs clash yesterday, but we’ll give you a quick recap of it here. The Cubs never took the lead in the baseball game, but they managed to keep it close the entire time. They rallied from 7-0, 17-6, and 21-9 deficits to force the game into extra innings, where they were defeated 23-22 in 10 innings. Cubs outfielder Dave Kingman blasted three home runs, while Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Mike Schmidt hit two homers, including the game-winning home run in the bottom of the tenth.
Most Runs Scored by One Team in One Inning (Modern Era):
Gene Stephens, the Red Sox’s outfielder, had an outstanding seventh inning. When your team scores 17 runs in one inning (like Boston did), you’re certain to be called upon to step up to the bat a few of times during the game. Stephens did nothing more than go 3 for 3 in the game, becoming the first player in the American League to get three hits in the same inning. It turned out to be the one and only event of its kind in the twentieth century (Johnny Damon did the same, but not until 2003). Within one inning, the Red Sox had 14 hits and drew six walks, setting a new franchise record.
Most Runs Scored by One Team in One Inning (Pre-1901):
Three other players in Major League history have smashed three hits in one inning, and all three achieved the feat in the same inning of the same game, according to Baseball Reference. On September 6, 1883, the Chicago White Stockings defeated the Detroit Wolverines in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Wrigley Field. Tom Burns, Fred Pfeffer, and Ned Williamson were on the mound. Chicago scored 18 runs on 18 hits against the Wolverines, who are no longer in existence (the White Stockings are the present-day Cubs).
Most Total Runs Scored in a Playoff Game:
Throughout the night, Boston maintained its high level of intensity. There were never more than five runs scored in any inning by the Red Sox, and they never scored more than five runs in a single inning save the sixth (in which they did not bat). These two teams not only scored the most runs scored in the playoffs by a team in history, but the combined total of 30 runs scored by both teams is also a postseason record. Five members of the Red Sox had three or more hits on the night, with John Valentin hitting two home runs to lead the way.
Most Runs Scored in One Inning of a Playoff Game:
Los Angeles, already behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series, wasted no time in getting back on track in this one. The Dodgers’ 11-run first inning was fueled by a Joc Pederson three-run home run and a Max Muncy grand slam, both of which occurred in the top of the first. The Dodgers went on to win the game 15-3, before going on to win the series in seven games and finally defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in the National League Championship Series.
Most Total Home Runs Hit in a Game:
Arizona and Philadelphia’s batters combined for 13 home runs on a record-breaking night at Citizens Bank Park, making it the most intense slugfest in the history of the park. By the conclusion of the first inning, four home runs had been hit, followed by six more between the second and eighth innings, and three more in the ninth inning.
Scott Kingery of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eduardo Escobar and Ildemaro Vargas of the Arizona Diamondbacks were the only players to hit multiple home runs in a game.
Most Home Runs Hit in a Game by One Team:
The Blue Jays are the only team in baseball history to smash ten home runs in a single game, and they did so long before drugs were prevalent in the sport. In Toronto, it was just another typical September night until the ball took off like a rocket right out of the gate. Ernie Whitt drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, while Rance Mulliniks and George Bell each drove in two runs for the Red Sox. Towards the conclusion of the night, the Blue Jays had won 18-3 over the Red Sox. Paul Connors created the animations.
What is the Highest Scoring MLB Game in History?
We rely on the generosity of our readers. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of our affiliate links, we may receive a commission. In addition, we get commissions from eligible Amazon sales because we are an Amazon affiliate. As a result of the low-scoring games that have characterized the Major League Baseball season thus far, the “barn burners” of the past may be in demand, as runners crossed the plate practically every inning and a procession of pitchers attempted to contain the tidal waves of offense.
But what about games when both sides scored a double-digit amount of runs, on the opposite end of the spectrum?
One of the most memorable single-game total scores was 49 runs in a 26-23 match in 1922 between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies, which took place in Chicago.
- The Chicago Colts (now the Cubs) scored 36 runs against the Louisville Colonels in June 1897, and the Texas Rangers scored 30 runs against the Baltimore Orioles in August 2007. The “modern” record (meaning after 1900) is 36 runs scored by the Texas Rangers against the Baltimore Orioles in August 2007. Against the Miami Marlins in September of last year, the Atlanta Braves set a new National League record by scoring 29 runs, which remains unbeaten to this day.
It’s a lot of runs for a game that lasts nine innings. If you’re a baseball fan, you’re undoubtedly wondering, “Where did all the pitching go?” For sure, there are times when pitchers simply do not have what it takes, and in certain cases teams may run out of individuals to throw to the point where they bring in a position player (i.e., a non-pitcher) to throw an inning or two. Despite this, there are a variety of additional reasons why some games appear to spiral out of control, with players frantically sprinting around the bases.
Baseball’s Highest Scoring Games: the Notables
We should take special note that the two highest-scoring games in modern-day Major League Baseball occurred this century – in fact, within the last 15 years. It reflects the truth that, for a long time, the number of runs scored in baseball has been steadily increasing in significance. A team home run record was established practically every season, and it appeared as though players who had no business smashing balls over the fence were doing it on a regular basis. That changed in 2021, when the Major League Baseball adopted balls with higher seams, which reduced the duration of their flight through the air and provided pitchers with greater grips, allowing them to spin balls harder and confuse batters.
But there are moments when it doesn’t matter what the pitcher throws up there: hitting just seems to spread like wildfire. Barn burners are baseball games that are wild and high-scoring, and here are a few of the most memorable of these kind of games. Starting with the person who holds the record.
Get Us a ‘Touchdown’: Cubs vs. Phillies, Round 1
On August 25, 1922, around 7,000 spectators gathered in what was then known as Cubs Park for a game that lasted less than three hours (take note of how short it is when compared to today’s baseball games!) A simple statement such as “the Cubs won 26-23” does not convey the amount of action that took on in that short time span. First and first, it is incredible that the game was completed in such a short amount of time considering that there were 21 walks among the many pitchers. That’s a significant number of additional pitches in the form of called balls.
By the third quarter, the score was 11-6.
- Right-fielder with the Chicago Cubs Marty Callaghan went up against the same pitcher three times in one inning (the 4th). That inning, his team scored a total of 14 runs. By the time Callaghan struck out for the final out, the score was 25-6
- It wasn’t until the eighth and ninth innings that the Phillies made a run for the record books, scoring eight runs in the eighth and six runs in the final frame, falling just short of a miraculous comeback
- In the end, the poor pitchers were let down by their fielders on a grand scale. The Cubs committed five mistakes while the Phillies committed four, resulting in 21 unearned runs for both teams. Twenty of the Phillies’ 26 hits came in the form of singles.
A cry from the audience “imploring for a ‘touchdown'” could be heard, according to theChicago Tribune, as other fans pushed their side to “shoot another basket.” When baseball games were played back in the day, few people anticipated to see football or basketball results. The game broke the previous mark for the highest scoring MLB game in history, which was 44 points, achieved in July 1890 by the Brooklyn Ward’s Wonders, who defeated the Buffalo Bisons, 28-16, in Brooklyn, New York.
Cubs vs. Phillies, Round 2: Wrigley Whirlwind
Aside from the above-mentioned record-setting game, just one other MLB game since 1901 has had both teams score 20 or more runs per game. In 1979, the Cubs and Phillies met once more in Chicago, this time at Wrigley Field, for a nationally broadcast game that many of today’s long-time baseball fans may still recall fondly. The match was renowned for a fight between sluggers Mike Schmidt and Dave Kingman, which was significant aside from the final score of 23-22. The strong Chicago wind, which is blowing out at an estimated 18 mph toward the outfield fences, which are already not too far away in the small confines of Wrigley Field, is critical.
There were 15 walks, which isn’t as awful as the previous record game, but there were a lot more home runs, including the memorable last home run.
To everyone’s surprise, the game was tied after nine innings.
The box score signifies the following:
- Schmidt was also intentionally walked four times
- Kingman had six runs batted in, but he didn’t even manage to bat in the most runs for his side on the day. Bill Buckner drove in seven runs, one of which was a grand slam. After a long period of back and forth, the Cubs trimmed their deficit to 12 runs and eventually tied the game before Schmidt’s game-winning pitch.
Postseason Madness: Phillies vs. Blue Jays
The most high-scoring MLB playoff game was Game 4 of the 1993 World Series, which was another crazy game in which the Blue Jays eventually triumphed, 15-14, in another wild series. Both teams put on an amazing offensive display in front of a national audience. With a 14-9 lead in the seventh inning, the Phillies were confident in their position.
Toronto, on the other hand, scored six runs in the eighth inning to win the game in Philadelphia. Following Curt Schilling’s victory in Game 5 to keep the Phillies alive, it was Joe Carter’s walk-off home run against “wild creature” reliever Mitch Williams that brought the Series to a close.
Highest Scoring Minor League Baseball Games
According to legend, a minor league baseball game played in June 1869 resulted in a stunning total of 219 runs scored in the final innings. According to sources, the Buffalo Niagaras defeated the Columbus squad by a score of 209-10 on that particular day. Buffalo scored 40 runs in the first inning alone, according to the same accounts. Despite the fact that the same pitcher threw the whole game for Columbus, he allowed over 20 runs to every single Buffalo hitter, each and every time! It’s worth mentioning that pitchers threw balls underhanded during this time period, and they were required to throw the ball in the area desired by the hitter.
Final Words on Highest Scoring MLB Games
The most bizarre aspect of the games with the greatest final scores in Major League Baseball history is that few, if anybody, could have guessed the craziness of the final results beforehand. Sometimes it’s just luck (or bad luck, depending on which side of the scoreboard you’re on), or it might be a combination of circumstances such as strong winds, which result in a high number of home runs, dropped base hits, and wayward throws. Part of the fascination of baseball is in the fact that one can never anticipate the outcome of a game, regardless of whether a top club is facing a team with the poorest record or not.
Question:What does “barn burner” mean?
Answer:Barn burner has its origins in a 19th-century political word, but in current vernacular, it refers to “a extremely lively game, event, or other activity.”
Q.:Is there any limit to the number of runs that can be scored in 1 inning?
A.:No. Limits may apply in lower-level, child baseball (for example, 4 runs per team each at-bat, which is a common regulation for T-ball divisions to speed games), as well as in certain adult slow-pitch softball leagues (for example, 4 runs per team every at-bat). Also see:MLB Manager Insider: 14 Things You Should Know About Being a Manager Do Postseason Stats in Major League Baseball Count Towards Career Stats? What is the Wild Card System in Major League Baseball? (Explained)