Wednesday night was not a good night to be a Tigers pitcher. The Red Sox clobbered Detroit's pitching staff for a franchise record-tying eight home runs in the 20-4 blowout. Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Lavarnway, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava and David Ortiz (twice) did the honors.
All eight of the home runs can be seen right here. Here are some long ball facts, courtesy of the record night:
- As I said, the eight homers ties the Red Sox record. They also did it against the expansion Blue Jays in 1977. Hall of Famers Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski went deep in that game.
- Seven different players homered for Boston, which is a new franchise record.
- The eight homers allowed is a new franchise record for the Tigers. They had allowed seven homers four times before, most recently against the Rangers in 2007.
- The last team to go deep eight times in a game was the Blue Jays, who did it against the pitching-heavy Rays back in 2010. Baseball is weird sometimes.
- The MLB record for homers in a game is ten, by the Blue Jays against the Orioles in 1987. Cal Ripken Jr.'s record consecutive innings played streak came to end at 8,243 in that game.
Oh, and by the way, Ortiz recorded his 2,000th career hit in the game. Got lost in all the carnage.