The Royals scored 11 runs today in the third inning of the first game of a doubleheader with the Tigers en route to a 26-5 win. Oddly, the Royals hit just one home run (by Angel Berroa) and were out-homered, 2-1.
The two teams were more than halfway to the all-time record for total runs scored in a doubleheader, 54, but the Royals ran out of steam and were shut out by Jeremy Bonderman, 8-0. By the way, 54 runs have been scored in a doubleheader twice in baseball history: the A's (19) and the Red Sox (35) in 1939 and Red Stockings (43) and Reds (11) in 1894.
Also, Joe Randa went 6-for-7 and scored six runs, tying the "modern" single-game record. Guy Hecker actually set the record at 7 for Louisville (AA) in 1886. This was just the third time someone had scored six runs in a game for an AL team (Spike Owen in 1986 and Johnny Pesky in 1946, both Red Sox, are the others). Twelve men have done it in the NL—Mel Ott twice—and the last was Shawn Green in 2002.
Randa could have matched the doubleheader record of nine, except that he didn't. That record is held by Herman Long, Boston (NL) in the 1894 doubleheader above and by Senator Mel Almada in 1937.
And it was quite a debut by Lino Urdaneta. Check out his lino: 0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. Opponents are batting 1.000 vs. him, have a 1.000 OBP, a 1.000 Slug (all 5 hits were singles), and 2.000 OPS.
Starter Jason Johnson saw his ERA soar by 41 points, pretty rare for this late in the season.
Combine this 21-run margin of victory and combine it with Cleveland's 22-0 shellacking of the Yankees and you get only the third year in "modern" baseball history (since 1901) in which at least two games were won by 21 or more runs. The Yankees beat the A's twice in 1939 by at least 21 runs, 23-2 and 21-0 (they also beat the Tigers, 22-2). In 2000, there were three games won by at least 21 runs: The Yankees beat the Red Sox 22-1, the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 23-1, and A's beat the Rangers 23-2.