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Ben Zobrist just set the Rays’ single-game RBI mark

Posted by Andy on April 28, 2011

Ben Zobrist has 8 RBI in today's Rays game.

Previous single-game leaders for the Rays:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
1 Carlos Pena 2007-09-05 TBD BAL W 17-2 6 3 4 2 0 0 2 7 2 0 0.052 5.329 .440 3 1B
2 B.J. Upton 2009-10-02 TBR NYY W 13-4 5 5 3 5 1 1 1 6 0 0 0.214 5.912 .538 7 CF
3 Carlos Pena 2009-04-13 TBR NYY W 15-5 6 6 2 3 2 0 1 6 0 1 0.143 2.934 .317 4 1B
4 Evan Longoria 2008-05-24 TBR BAL W 11-4 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 6 0 1 0.163 0.780 .316 5 3B
5 Carlos Pena 2008-04-11 TBR BAL W 10-5 5 3 2 2 0 0 2 6 2 0 0.642 4.944 1.976 3 1B
6 Paul Sorrento 1998-05-03 TBD CLE L 8-10 5 5 1 4 0 0 1 6 0 0 0.388 5.877 1.186 5 DH
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18 Responses to “Ben Zobrist just set the Rays’ single-game RBI mark”

  1. fredsbank Says:

    is 10 the record for a single game?

  2. 10+ RBIs in a Game

    Jim Bottomley St. Louis 09-24-1924 12

    Mark Whiten St. Louis 09-07-1993 12

    Wilbert Robinson Baltimore 06-10-1892 11

    Tony Lazzeri New York 05-24-1936 11

    Phil Weintraub New York 04-30-1944 11

    Rudy York Boston 07-27-1946 10

    Walker Cooper Cincinnati 07-06-1949 10

    Norm Zauchin Boston 05-27-1955 10

    Reggie Jackson Oakland 06-14-1969 10

    Fred Lynn Boston 06-18-1975 10

    Nomar Garciaparra Boston 05-10-1999 10

    Alex Rodriguez New York 04-26-2005 10

    Garret Anderson Los Angeles 08-21-2007 10

  3. yikes, 4 Boston guys, 3 NY guys, and top 2 from St Louis

  4. For sure, Ben is a good, disciplined hitter but it is not surprising that his 2011 performance doesn't crack any significant single-game RBI list.

    The Rays are a relatively young franchise and they have always been offensively-challenged, in my opinion. So 8 RBI are a high water mark for Tampa Bay but not for most other teams.

    Let's watch how the character of the Rays develops over the course of the season. The AL East certainly appears to have some parity this year.

  5. 2 RBI in game 2 already

  6. Rene Tosoni made his debut for MIN in game one and is playing in game two... I wonder how many rookies have started two games on their first day in the majors?

  7. @7
    JD, double headers are a thing of the past. I mean true back-to-back double headers "not two gates in one day double headers".

    Point being, that today's Tampa Bay-Minnesota double header is an artifact of bad weather and a debut for a player. Nothing special for Tosoni.

    Who is old enough to remember twi-night double headers scheduled from the start of the season, not make-up double headers due to rain outs?

  8. John Autin Says:

    Actually, by expansion team standards, the Rays' new franchise record is perfectly respectable. The Marlins, Royals and Brewers still have 7 as their record; the latter 2 teams have been around since '69. Five teams besides the Rays have 8 as their high mark.

    Here are the single-game RBI records for the expansion franchises, in chronological order by when the team began:

    Angels (1961)-- 10, Garrett Anderson, 2007.
    Rangers/Senators II (1961) -- 9, Ivan Rodriguez, 1999.
    Mets (1962)-- 9, Carlos Delgado, 2008.
    Astros (1962) -- 8, J.R. Towles (?!?), 2007.
    Nationals/Expos (1969) -- 8, Josh Willingham, 2009; Tim Wallach, 1990; Andre Dawson, 1985; Chris Speier 1982.
    Padres (1969) -- 8, Ken Caminiti, 1995; Nate Colbert, 1972 .
    Brewers/Pilots (1969) -- 7, Damian Miller, 2007; Richie Sexson, 2002; Jose Hernandez, 2001; Ted Kubiak, 1970.
    Royals (1969) -- 7, by 10 different players; Bo Jackson did it twice; Jose Guillen was the latest, in 2008.
    Blue Jays (1977) -- 9, Roy Howell, 1977.
    Mariners (1977) -- 8, Mike Cameron, 2001; Mike Blowers, 1995; Alvin Davis, 1986.
    Rockies (1993) -- 8, Matt Holliday, 2005; Ronnie Belliard, 2003; Larry Walker, 1999; Andres Galarraga, 1996.
    Marlins (1993) -- 7, Cody Ross, 2006; Gary Sheffield, 1995; Greg Colbrunn, 1995.
    Diamondbacks (1998) -- 9, Erubial Durazo, 2002.
    Rays (1998) -- 8, Ben Zobrist, 2011.

  9. John Autin Says:

    Zobrist's final line for the nightcap: 3 for 4, 3 runs, 2 RBI, 1 double, 1 HR.
    For the doubleheader: 7 for 10, 5 runs, 10 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 HRs.

    Zobrist now has 5 straight multi-RBI games, tying the franchise record set by Jose Canseco in 1999. The longest such streak in the last decade was 7 games, by Kevin Mench in 2006. Zobrist has 4 HRs and 18 rib-eyes in his streak.

  10. John Autin Says:

    The Mariners finished off a 3-game sweep of Detroit.
    They scored at least 7 runs in all 3 games -- their first such streak since August 2008.
    Rookie SP Michael Pineda fanned 9 and is now 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA.
    He's the first Mariner ever to start and win 4 of his first 5 career games. He lost his debut, but has won his last 4 starts. He's also the first Mariner to begin his career with 5 straight quality starts.
    Pineda has not allowed a HR in his 31.1 IP.

    A couple of Tigers are off to miserable starts:
    Magglio Ordonez is 10 for 58 with 1 RBI.
    Austin Jackson is hitting .167 (16-96) with 31 Ks in 25 games, giving him 201 Ks in 176 career games.

    For the 3rd straight day, Cleveland won at home -- and drew less than 10,000 fans. You can't blame the fans for being a little skeptical after the last few years, but those who stay away are missing a helluva show. Cleveland is 10-2 at home, winning their last 10 straight, but they've averaged just over 10,000 per game during that streak.

  11. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Obviously Cleveland can't compete without a new stadium. Get on it Seligula!

  12. Evil Squirrel Says:

    @9

    I was bragging on J.R. Towles' feat here a few weeks ago in reply to another blog post (I was there, it was cool to see).

    What makes it even more special is that it was his 6th career game, and he sets a record for a franchise that had existed for 45 years.... too bad his career hasn't really panned out....

  13. So glad I put him in my fantasy lineup yesterday

  14. Anybody know if a 2nd baseman has ever had 18 RBI in five games?

  15. John Autin Says:

    @15, Joseph -- I don't know the 5-game record for a 2B, but Tony Lazzeri had 18 RBI in a 4-game stretch, May 21-24, 1936. That streak included 7 HRs, and culminated in his (longtime record) 11-RBI, 3-HR game on May 24.

    BTW, Lazzeri batted 8th in all those games.

  16. @16 John: I just looked at the game logs for Lazzeri and it shows that he had zero RBI on May 20 and May 25 and that he played 2B each game. I'm guessing that the record is 18 in five games. Interesting that he had 8 HR's by May 24 and only hit 6 more the entire year. Quite a lineup to have a guy with .397 OBP batting in the eighth spot.

    All kinds of interesting reminders in the 1936 NYY lineup. I didn't know that DiMaggio wasn't a first ballot HOF inductee.

  17. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Joseph, I think that's been covered here before. Voting rules weren't as codified in the '50s. Some people would vote for players before they had been retired 5 years, or sometimes even before retiring. As is, DiMaggio was elected sooner after his retirement than all but 2-3 players in history.