All the Crazy Things That Happened During the Rangers' 30-3 Win Over the Orioles in 2007

The Texas Rangers have not had much in their history to hold over other teams, but on one fateful day in 2007, they scored more runs than any other team had, or would, in a long time.

30 runs is crazy in its own right, and has not been equaled since, but this is just one of the many crazy nuances of that game that I feel I need to bring back to light, in a matchup of two sub-.500 titans.

Thanks to This Is Where You Find Baseball on YouTube, the full broadcast was finally posted, and I could relive the whole game in all its glory. Without further ado, it's time to take a trip back to when Superbad came out and the year where the Anaheim Ducks won their only Stanley Cup.

The Rangers actually trailed in this game and did not score until the fourth inning

Yeah, you read that right. The Orioles actually lead in this game, and scored two batters in. Corey Patterson drove in Brian Roberts, who went 3-5 in the rout, to give the Orioles an early 1-0 lead. Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada each added RBI in the third inning, and it was time for the Rangers to answer... which they did.

In the fourth inning, they scored five runs, and starter Daniel Cabrera lasted five-plus before allowing a leadoff home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the sixth, leaving with a manageable 6-3 deficit.

The Orioles' bullpen redefined an "implosion" as Brian Burres, Rob Bell and Paul Shuey allowed 24 more runs to score in the last four innings of the game.

All told, it was a big answer, as the Rangers scored 30 unanswered runs. That will likely never come close to happening again.

David Murphy increased his batting average to .550 on the season

I thought this was pretty cool to mention, but rookie David Murphy, who went on to have a solid career and increase his batting average to .571 in the next game, played on both the Red Sox and Rangers in 2007 and started the season 11-20.

In his third start of the season, Murphy went 5-7 in the 30-3 rout, increasing his batting average to .550 in a season he finished batting .343.

Travis Metcalf's only at bat was the only grand slam of his career

Ahead 16-3 in the eighth inning with the bases loaded, Ron Washington gave his star infielder Michael Young a rest for backup Travis Metcalf, who had just one home run to his name during his rookie season after being called up in May. Metcalf stepped up to the plate and blasted a grand slam off Rob Bell over the now-deepened left-field wall at Camden Yards for the only grand slam of his career.

With one swing, he drove in four runs, and walked in his next plate appearance, finishing 1-1 with a home run and 4 RBI. Metcalf hit nine more for the rest of his two-season career with the Rangers, and this one was no cheap shot.

Jason Botts had a golden sombrero in a 3-7 performance

This might be one of the more peculiar stat lines in MLB history, but Jason Botts did something that is more rare than a perfect game. Despite notching three hits in his seven at-bats, he struck out in his other four, giving him a three-hit game and golden sombrero in the same contest.

Looking back, this is a stat line that has only been equaled or outdone 15 times in major league history, and the last player to do it was Keston Hiura in 2019. While Botts did not have a Hall of Fame career to his credit, he does find himself in rarified air in this category.

Funny enough, it was the only time in Botts' four-year career that he had a golden sombrero.

The Rangers did not score in five of the innings

The phrase "big inning" was in the Rangers' vernacular during this game. They were shutout in the aforementioned first three frames of the ballgame, but scored five runs in the fourth inning, nine runs in the sixth, ten in the eighth and added six more for good measure in the ninth.

Rob Bell faced seven batters in the eighth inning and did not retire any

Relief pitcher Rob Bell's outing was great before this inning. After taking over for Brian Burres in the sixth, he allowed a single and then retired the next four batters he faced, including a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh to seemingly stop the bleeding.

However, the up-down must have hurt him, as he came out for the eighth inning and was uncharacteristically wild. Making it back to the major leagues for the first time since 2005 with the Devil Rays, Bell sported a 4.18 ERA heading into this performance.

The next seven batters faced for Bell went as follows: single, walk, walk, RBI single, RBI single, grand slam, walk. It was his worst outing of the season, ballooning his ERA to above six. He was out of baseball after this season, but at least finished the season in the Orioles' bullpen.

It virtually spelled the end to Paul Shuey's career

Paul Shuey came in relief of Bell, and did not fare much better than his contemporary on the mound. Shuey's story alone is one to be proud of, as he fought through multiple injuries, including a hip replacement, and after retiring in 2004, he made a comeback in 2007.

He was not the same pitcher as he was during his heyday with Cleveland, lacking velocity that he had before due to the hip. He had struggled before this with a 6.75 ERA, but in this appearance, he allowed the final nine runs of the game, increasing his ERA to 9.49.

It was the penultimate game of his career, as after another bad performance against Minnesota that ballooned the mark to 9.82, he injured his back and was subsequently released by the Orioles, never playing in another major league game.

His throwing 68 pitches in just two innings in that outing likely did not help, as it was the most pitches he threw in any outing of his career. He did strike out five batters, however, the most he had in any appearance that season.

The Rangers' no. 8 and no. 9 hitters each drove in seven runs

You would think, of all people to drive in seven runs, it was probably All-Stars Michael Young and Ian Kinsler, right? Wrong, and crazy enough, Young did not drive in any runs in the game.

I cannot fact check this, but this is likely the only time in major league history this has happened, as the Rangers' no. 8 and no. 9 hitters, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez, each drove in seven runs. The broadcast also mentioned that it was likely the only time it had happened in major league history.

For Vazquez, it was easily the best game of his career, as it was the only time he hit multiple home runs in a game (finished with 22 in his career) and the lone time he drove in seven runs. In addition, Saltalamacchia played 11 seasons in the big leagues and his seven-RBI game in his rookie season was never topped.

Wes Littleton recorded a save

Here is likely the most peculiar statistic of them all to occur during the game, as the confines of what a save situation is applied to it. Reliever Wes Littleton came in for starter Kason Gabbard, who allowed just three runs in six solid innings.

The rules of a save are as follows:

  1. Enter the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitch at least one inning.

  2. Enter the game with the tying run in the on-deck circle, at the plate or on the bases.

  3. Pitch at least three innings.

Littleton came into the game, pitched three scoreless innings and closed out the Orioles, thus earning him a save in the most lopsided save situation possible. It's not common, but even if a team was winning by 100 runs, a pitcher could still finish the game with three or more innings and get the save.

Littleton had two perfect innings out of the three and had three saves in his career, but this one feels a little different from the others with the score being so in favor of the Rangers.

It was Dave Trembley's first game as non-interim manager for the Orioles

The Orioles fired Sam Perlozzo after starting 29-40 in 2007, and the replacement, Dave Trembley, immediately paid dividends as the team went 29-25 over its next 54 games. This rewarded Trembley with a contract extension and a removal of the interim tag for 2008 on August 22.

The first game with Dave Trembley as the manager could not have gone worse, as the Orioles surrendered the most runs in American League history and proceeded to lose their next nine games and 28 of their last 39 contests.

What a way to start Trembley's tenure, as it was defined by that game. Trembley's Orioles went 187-283 in his four seasons at the helm.

It was game one of a doubleheader

This might me the craziest of them all. If allowing the most runs in MLB history wasn't bad enough, the Orioles and Rangers had to do it all over again a few hours later. Rain necessitated a twi-night doubleheader on August 22, and game two had a tough act to follow.

In the battle of the late John Rheinicker and Garrett Olson, it was another slugfest, and the Rangers came out on top yet again, winning 9-7.

In the doubleheader, the Rangers scored 39 runs, far and away the most ever in a doubleheader. Even crazier, after swatting six home runs in the first game, the Rangers did not hit one in the second game.

If a team scores 30 runs in a game, something crazy is bound to happen during that contest, and while the fans did not know they were going to be treated to history, they were treated to many wild things packed into one ridiculous game in August of 2007.

This was not the only crazy Orioles-Rangers game that season, as earlier in the year in Texas, Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard tossed a complete game shutout, the best game of the 2007 season for any pitcher, in Arlington which I wrote about last year, if you would like some more reading.