Esoteric Boxscore of the Day

September 16, 2005

Consistancy - Singletons III

Today we look at the singleton game with the "oddest" pattern...oddly enough, just four days after San Diego's picket fence.

August 19, 1986
Milwaukee 5, Cleveland 3
MIL    1  0  1    0  1  0    1  0  1  -   5  8  1
CLE 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 3 11 1
Today's Boxscore

How odd! Milwaukee managed to score exactly one run in the first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth innings. They threatened to upset the pattern, stranding runners in scoring position three times, but the Gods of the Esoterica came through for us! And check it out: the Brewers got zero hits in the even innings!

Paul Molitor was the big (and little) guy that day. He was inolved in all five one-run rallies, driving in three of the runs with two solo homers and a double, and scoring another. His fifth contribution? Would you believe a sac bunt? How often do you see a guy lay down a sacrifice bunt in a multi-homer game?? At least it was to set up fellow HOF'er Robin Yount.

This odd pattern has also occurred four other times since 1969.

To their credit, Cleveland attempted their own binary pattern, and nearly had a very nice one. But the seven singletons in this game is definitely not the most...tune in to Monday's boxscore, which will reveal the game with the most by both teams...


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