On any given day, you can see something in a baseball game that you’ve never seen before. Wednesday was one of those days.
On July 3, the DSL Yankees topped the DSL Twins 38-2, posting the kind of lopsided win that is rarely but occasionally seen in college baseball, but almost never in pro ball.
The game was remarkable for its margin of victory. It’s impossible to really know what is the largest margin of victory in a minor league game, but the largest margin in an MLB game is 29 runs, as Chicago topped Louisville 36-7 in 1897. The biggest win in modern MLB baseball history is Texas’ 30-3 win over Baltimore in 2007. The DSL Yankees topped 30 runs in the seventh inning, then scored again in the eighth and the ninth.
That was only one of the many remarkable stats from the game.
• The DSL Yankees batted around in the third inning, and the fourth, and the fifth, and the sixth and the seventh.
• Five different Yankees hit home runs, a remarkable number in a league where home runs are rare.
• Not only did every Yankees batter record a hit, all 11 Yankees hitters who stepped to the plate had at least two hits. Asdrubal Alvarez entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning. He went 3-for-5 coming a triple short of the cycle. Nicolas Garcia pinch hit in the sixth inning. He went 2-for-4.
• Yankees leadoff hitter Maikol Escotto scored six runs–he went 3-for-5 with three walks. First baseman Brayan Jimenez drove in seven runs as he hit four doubles. Second baseman Alex Garcia had nine at-bats.
• The Yankees were 19-for-31 with runners in scoring position. They scored 38 runs but it could have been worse for the Twins. The Yankees also left 13 on base.
• The game as you would expect took a number of Twins pitchers into the stratosphere. No Twins pitcher allowed less than two runs. Carlos Gutierrez allowed 11 earned runs and 11 hits in just 1.1 innings. In just one game, the Twins team ERA jumped by more than a run from 4.34 to 5.36.
• Josue Panacual picked up his first professional win. The 17-year-old Yankees righthander had to feel good about his chances of getting the “W” when he left the game after five innings. At the time, his Yankees had a 23-2 lead.
The Twins followed up their 36-run defeat with their 15th loss in 17 games on July 4. On the bright side, it was only a 2-1 defeat.