I wrote during last weekend’s IAL get-together about the amazing game my Twin City Thunderchickens’ 23-2 win against the Chicago Highlanders when Albert Pujols went 7 for 7. The 43rd game of our 2012 season, it was one you might see every ten years or so. So I couldn’t resist. I made a boxscore of it.
|WP Lackey (2-4)||9||5||2||2||0||4||3|
Some quick notes:
Every player in the lineup got a hit and every player scored a run.
The Thunderchickens scored 23 runs in Game #43. That accounts for 14% of the runs they’ve scored all season.
Pujols’ most likely record breaking 7 for 7 effort put him over .300 for the year. As of game #43, he’s hitting .302. After the series was over, Tedd encouraged me to check games 42 and 44 to see if the streak was extended. Alas, it wasn’t… Albert made an out in his last at-bat in game 42 and his first at-bat of #44.
Ryan Zimmerman’s seven rbis is not a Illowa APBA League record or anything but it’s quite an accomplishment especially for him. Going into game #43, he had only 4 rbis in 21 starts so he almost doubled his rbi total in seven at-bats. Similarly, Danny Descalso only had six rbis in 140 at-bats going into the game.
Overlooked in the game is John Lackey’s performance. Don’t forget, Lackey is a grade D pitcher with no control. He only gave up five hits! What makes it more amazing is that Lackey didn’t benefit from upgrading until the very last inning when he upgraded to a C. And check it out… Lackey even helped himself out with the bat going 2 for 5 with a run scored and an rbi (albeit using the league’s Pitcher’s Hitting Card).
Nick Markakis had a 4 rbi game three games prior to this 4 run effort.
This team hasn’t scored much this season. That’s an understatement. When you’re forced to start players like Tyler Colvin (sorry, Tyler), Eric Hinske, and John Buck, you learn to accept that. However, sometimes the dice roll your way.