HOW many hits in a row? BOS threatens mark

Chavis goes deep twice, including one in remarkable 9-run 3rd inning

May 5th, 2019

CHICAGO -- It doesn’t come as a big surprise if the Boston Red Sox, whose lineup is regarded as one of the best in the game, have an offensive outburst.

But the Red Sox took it to another level in Saturday’s 15-2 defeat of the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Boston started slow against Chicago starter Manny Banuelos before flipping the switch in the third inning and scoring nine runs, setting up an offensive onslaught.

Here’s an inside-the-numbers look at what the Red Sox were able to accomplish during that big -- and nearly historic -- third inning.

Four consecutive Red Sox batters -- , , and -- picked up hits with exit velocities of 105-plus mph during the third inning.

Martinez and Devers both doubled, while Boegarts and Chavis hit back-to-back home runs. The pair of homers were also the two hardest-hit balls in the game at 108.6 mph and 108.9 mph, respectively.

Chavis wasn’t done yet, adding his second home run of the game in the fifth inning. It was his sixth homer of the season and the first multi-homer game of his career.

“It was kinda just like, ‘Wow.’ Everybody was excited and having a good time,” Chavis said. “Boegy hit a bomb, then I hit a bomb and then [Eduardo Núñez] hit a bomb. It’s not everybody out there trying to swing out of their shoes. Everybody stayed within themselves.”

The Red Sox scoring nine runs in one inning is impressive, and even more so is doing it all with two outs. The team came into the game hitting .242 with two outs on the season and had scored at least nine runs in a game twice.

“That’s the first time it happened like that in my whole career,” Banuelos said of his disastrous third inning.

The nine-run frame marked the first time a White Sox starter had allowed nine or more runs in an inning since Arnie Munoz did it back on June 19, 2004, vs. the Expos.

“We’re one out away from not getting any runs in that inning,” manager Alex Cora said. “It’s two outs, and Christian [Vazquez] put together a good at-bat, then [Andrew Benintendi] with two. After that, it was quality at-bat after quality at-bat.”

Ten consecutive Red Sox batters recorded a hit during the third inning in which 14 men came to the plate. All nine position players that started recorded at least one hit and scored one run during the third inning.

“It was special,” starter said after tossing six innings and earning the win. “I’ve never seen something like that in my life.”

“We’ve been feeling that the lineups have been moving for a while,” Cora said. “It was just a matter of getting that big hit. Mookie got that hit and it was fun to watch. It wasn’t luck that we were barreling balls.”

It marked the first time a team recorded 10 straight plate appearances with hits in the same inning since the Rockies recorded 11 on July 30, 2010. It was also the first time all nine starters got a hit and scored a run in the same inning since the Yankees did it in the first inning of a game against Baltimore on July 30, 2011. The Elias Book of Baseball Records lists 12 straight hits as the big league record, done by the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 17, 1920, and the Brooklyn Robins on June 23, 1930.

Twenty one
After all was said and done, the Red Sox finished the game with 21 hits on the night to go along with 15 runs, both season highs.

Vázquez, who started the nine-run third inning with a two-out single, finished the game with four of those hits, as did Chavis.

Chavis is looking like a mainstay in the Red Sox lineup and has shown during the series why he will continue to get regular at-bats even with Núñez returning from the injured list and Dustin Pedroia not far behind.

The Red Sox No. 1 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, is hitting .462 (6-for-13) in the series with three homers and five RBIs, with one more game left on Sunday to add to those totals.

“I didn’t swing it well the first night,” said Chavis. “I felt uncomfortable and I became too focused on the results. I had some success early on and I kind of got caught up in trying to make the success happen instead of staying focused on the process, which leads to the success. These last few days, I’ve gotten back to it and I’ve been a lot better.”

“Michael is doing an outstanding job. We’ll find at-bats for him,” Cora said prior to Saturday’s game. “[Núñez] is back, we’ll find matchups. As always, we try to go with the best lineup on that day. We know what Michael is doing offensively, so we’ll find ways for him to get at-bats, DH him, playing first, playing second, playing third. We’ll find a way to get him in the lineup.”