Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Most Team Hits in a Loss

Reading the most recent "JoeChat" entry on Fire Joe Morgan, I was intrigued by this question: "When is the last time you saw a team get 18 hits (the Rays) and lose?" Well, it turns out the Rays are the only team to lose this year while collecting eighteen hits, but five teams pulled off the feat last season. In fact, a team has knocked out eighteen hits and lost 105 times since 1956. Looking all that up made me wonder what team holds the record for most hits in a loss. Again, this is a record that will be skewed by extra innings so I'll post separate lists for regular and extra-inning games.

Most Team Hits in a Loss (10+ innings), 1956-2008

TeamOpponentScoreDateHitsOpp.
Hits
Innings
Cleveland Indians
Philadelphia Athletics
17-18
7/10/1932
33
25
18
Chicago CubsPhiladelphia Phillies22-235/17/19792624
10
Kansas City AthleticsNew York Yankees9-107/27/19562616
14
Montreal ExposSan Diego Padres8-115/21/19772513
21
Boston Red SoxSeattle Mariners7-89/3/19812324
20
San Francisco GiantsSan Diego Padres16-175/23/19702321
15
St. Louis CardinalsCincinnati Redlegs15-197/1/19562320
10
Atlanta BravesHouston Astros11-128/2/20072211
14
Detroit TigersChicago White Sox16-179/14/19982219
12
Minnesota TwinsTampa Bay Devil Rays12-134/13/19982219
14
Pittsburgh PiratesLos Angeles Dodgers10-118/12/19952217
11
Texas RangersBaltimore Orioles11-145/14/19832219
11
Boston Red SoxToronto Blue Jays6-710/4/19802217
17
Baltimore OriolesChicago White Sox10-118/21/19762215
12
Cincinnati RedsSan Diego Padres9-125/25/20082118
18
Seattle MarinersDetroit Tigers10-118/21/20042115
11
Baltimore OriolesSeattle Mariners4-69/5/20032114
13
Minnesota TwinsOakland Athletics11-124/24/19972119
11
Chicago CubsColorado Rockies13-145/4/19932117
11
Texas RangersOakland Athletics12-137/1/19792129
15
Oakland AthleticsBaltimore Orioles5-64/26/19742110
15
Philadelphia PhilliesCincinnati Reds11-126/1/19582116
13



Most Team Hits in a Loss (≤9 innings), 1956-2008

TeamOpponentScoreDateHitsOpp.
Hits
Innings
Baltimore OriolesTampa Bay Devil Rays12-137/22/20062217
9
Chicago CubsCincinnati Reds12-159/12/20022217
9
Oakland AthleticsMinnesota Twins11-204/27/19802220
9
Detroit TigersChicago White Sox9-134/13/20062117
9
Chicago CubsMontreal Expos15-165/14/20002116
9
Colorado RockiesChicago Cubs7-95/14/19982115
9
Seattle MarinersBaltimore Orioles13-145/17/19962121
9
Chicago CubsLos Angeles Dodgers12-145/5/19762116
9
Philadelphia PhilliesCincinnati Reds17-198/3/19692125
9
Milwaukee BrewersPittsburgh Pirates10-178/24/20022016
9
Cleveland IndiansToronto Blue Jays10-115/5/20002013
9
Montreal ExposColorado Rockies10-114/19/19992011
9
New York MetsColorado Rockies11-125/6/19972014
9
San Diego PadresColorado Rockies12-148/4/19952012
9
Atlanta BravesMontreal Expos14-167/15/19902014
9
Minnesota TwinsTexas Rangers10-146/10/19862017
9
Chicago CubsMontreal Expos15-179/24/19852017
9
Seattle MarinersCleveland Indians11-178/30/19812016
9
Pittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco Giants11-135/30/19702015
9
New York MetsAtlanta Braves10-157/26/19642019
9
Boston Red SoxWashington Senators10-114/24/19602013
9

11 comments:

Matt Sinclair said...

It would be interesting to know how many hits the winning team had in those games -- especially if they had fewer than the loser.

Theron Schultz said...

That's a good idea. The links (each date) go to the box score of the game but I should list opponent hits as well. I'll update the entry shortly. Thanks for reading.

Anonymous said...

You're gonna have to add the Pirates victory of St. Louis here

12 July 2008: Cardinals 11 runs on 22 hits, Pirates 12 runs on 14 hits

Theron Schultz said...

Wow, the Pirates came back to win. That had to be a tough loss.

Anonymous said...

On 10 July 1932, Cleveland got 33 hits against Philadelphia - and lost, in 18 innings.

Theron Schultz said...

Thanks! I just read about that game but didn't make the connection with this post.

Anonymous said...

Any idea about most RBI by one guy in a loss?

Theron Schultz said...

Looks like the record is 8, most recently by Jason Bay in 2003. Others with 8 were Mike Epstein on 6/19/1970, Lee Thomas on 9/5/1961, and Lou Gehrig on 9/9/1932.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know what game had the greatest number of hits ever achieved in a single game by a team that failed to score any runs and and lost in a shutout. Any ideas?

Theron Schultz said...

The most I can find is 15 in a 2-0, 21-inning game between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1918: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BSN/BSN191808010.shtml

In 1928, the Indians got 14 hits in a 9-0 loss in a 9-inning game: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/WS1/WS1192807102.shtml

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reply! That's an awful lot of unproductive hits.