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Dodgers holding on nine

The Dodgers have now gone 97 straight games dating back to August 29, 2012 without scoring 10 or more runs in a game. A grand slam by AJ Ellis in the eighth made the tens column light up for the Dodgers at Coors Field. The Dodgers have scored 9 runs in three games this season. And they lost one of those games. The closest the Dodgers got to 10 runs was the 10-9 loss to the Giants when they were leading 8-6 on May 4 and had runners on second and third with two outs, but Jerry Hairston struck out.

The team record for scoring digits would take a while to reach. From May 28, 1967 through September 2, 1968, the Dodgers went 261 games without hitting double digits. That streak ended with a 10-9 win over the Phillies on September 3, 1968 before a crowd of 2,812 at Connie Mack Stadium. The Dodgers had to score 8 runs in the last two innings to get to 10. The Dodgers hit 3 home runs in the eighth off of Phillies reliever Dick Hall.

The Dodgers last World Series champ didn’t score more than 10 runs in 1988 after June 19. And would not hit double digits until June 24, 1989. That was a stretch of 168 games in which they went 93-74 (and a tie.)

The next targets on this dubious streak list is 102 games, which happened in 2003 and in 1965-66. The last team in the majors to go over 100 games without scoring 10+ runs is the 2011 Mariners, which got to 101 games in August that year. Earlier in 2011, the Mariners had ended a streak of 137 single digit run scoring games. The Dodgers’ opponents today, Pittsburgh, went 124 straight games without hitting double digits in 2011-12.

The Dodgers streak is the longest one currently going on in the majors. The Cubs are at 81 games and the Phillies are at 80 games. The latter two show that even though you may play in hitter’s parks, you still need actual good hitters.

Houston in 1964 and 1982 went an entire 162 game season without hitting double digits. The 1988 Padres played 161 games (with one game wiped out by rain) without hitting 10.


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