Happy Anniversary: Rangers score 30 runs in one game

On Aug. 22, 2007, the Texas Rangers set a post-1900 MLB record with 30 runs in one game, as they obliterated the Orioles, in Baltimore's beautiful Camden Yards, 30-3.

Here's some video:

Delving into the box score, this one is incredible. Some tidbits:

The Orioles had a 3-0 lead through three innings.

The Rangers only scored in four different innings. They had a five-spot in the fourth, nine runs in the sixth, 10 in the eighth and six in the ninth.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez were the 8-9 hitters in the Texas order. They each had four hits, two homers and seven RBI. Again, that's each, not combined.

Travis Metcalf only got one at-bat. In it, he hit a grand slam.

The Orioles bullpen allowed 24 runs on 20 hits and seven walks in four innings. That's a 54.00 ERA and 6.75 WHIP. They did not use a position player on the hill.

The only two Rangers who batted and didn't record an RBI were Michael Young and Nelson Cruz. Young is third in career RBI in Rangers history; Cruz is 15th.

Within the next week, the Orioles would allow 11 and 15 runs, respectively, in two different games. Within the next month, they allowed 10, 17, 10, 18 and 12 runs in different games. In August and September alone, that Orioles team allowed double-digit runs in 13 games.

Here's the best one: That game was part of a doubleheader. In the second game, the Rangers won 9-7. So, in all, the Rangers had 39 runs on 40 hits in one day. Metcalf entered the day with six RBI in 100 at-bats. On that day, he collected eight RBI in four at-bats.

Man, baseball can be a funny game.

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