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Elephant Rumblings: Is There Anything To Learn From The Rays’ Pitching Experiment?

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  • 1930 - Babe Ruth hits three consecutive home runs in the first game of a doubleheader against the A’s, then batting against Jack Quinn in the 9th, Ruth decides to hit right-handed. After two strikes, he switches to lefty but strikes out. This is the first of two career three-homer games for the Babe. Max Bishop draws five walks for the second time in his career (he is the only player to do this twice), and Jimmie Foxx homers to help the A’s to a 15 - 7 victory. Ruth is homerless in the second game, a 4 - 1 Yankee loss, but Bishop has three more walks. Bishop will also walk eight times in a doubleheader in 1934, the only player to collect more than six walks in an afternoon.
  • 2014 - More evidence that good pitching is sometimes not enough: five Rays pitchers give up only a single hit to the A’s, but Oakland still wins, 3 - 2. The A’s score two runs on two walks and two errors in the 2nd, and Brandon Moss goes deep in the 4th for their lone safety. Erik Bedard is the unlucky loser, against Tommy Milone.

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