The Yanks erupted for 11 runs in the 3rd inning of the July 3rd game against the Blue Jays. What was distinctive about this particular outburst was that they failed to score in any other inning. This got me wondering if there was any record for most runs scored in an inning with no other runs scored by that team in the game. My record books didn’t have such an entry. So, I had to crunch the Retrosheet gamelogs myself.
While Retrosheet is missing some linescores from the early history of the National Pastime, I can now say with some reasonable certainty that the Yankees have never scored as many as 11 runs in one inning with no other runs scored during a regulation 9-inning game.
The Yanks did score 11 runs in one inning, with no other runs scored during the regulation nine in a June 26, 1987, 10 inning affair against the Red Sox. The Sox pummeled Tommy John for eight runs in 1.1 innings, and had a 9-0 lead (with Roger Clemens on the mound) in the bottom of the third, when the Yanks sent 15 men to the plate to take an 11-9 lead. The Sox tied it up in the fourth, and the score remained that way until Wayne Tolleson singled home Mike Pagilarulo in the 10th for the game-winner off of Calvin Schiraldi.
The Yanks HAVE had 11 runs scored against them, with no other runs scored in regulation, and they still won the game. On June 3rd, 1933, the Yanks took a 3-0 lead into the top of the 3rd against the Philadelphia A’s, when Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane and their buddies knocked out starter Don Brennan and then Danny MacFayden. Fortunately, Walter “Jumbo” Brown came in and threw 6.1 innings of 12-K relief, long enough for the Bombers to tally one in the third and ten in the fifth, for a wild 17-11 victory.
[After original post addendum: Banter reader calyankee pointed out that on July 2, 1943, the Cleveland Indians scored all 12 of their runs in the fourth inning of a 12-0 whitewash of the Bombers.]
The record for most runs in an inning with zero scored in the rest of the game appears to be 13. The “lucky 13” occurred on April 13, 2003, when the Phillies sent 16 men to the plate in the top of the 4th against Ryan Dempster, got only six hits, but also received six unintentional walks (including three with the bases juiced). The Phils cruised to the 13-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds.