A.J. Pierzynski prevents the Sox from breaking a team record

A.J. Pierzynski not drawing a walk last night

A.J. Pierzynski not drawing a walk last night

The Red Sox scored twice in the 14th inning last night (early this morning) defeating the White Sox, 6-4, and avoiding a four-game losing losing streak for the first time since 2012.

While Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-out double drove home the winning runs, it wasn’t their hitting that made the difference in this game, Boston only had six hits, three in the 1st inning (in the first three at bats) and only two infield hits after that before the JBJ double.

Oh, and did I mention that the winning hit was off Chicago’s utility infielder Leury Garcia, who was the first White Sox position player to pitch in a game since Casper Wells on 6/28/13 against Cleveland?

Garcia was Chicago’s ninth pitcher used on a bitterly cold night.

The nine White Sox pitchers used tied a team record for the most used in one game

Chicago has used nine pitchers in a game five times since 1914, three times during the Robin Ventura era.

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR WP Pit Str #
1 2014-04-16 CHW BOS L 4-6 14.0 6 6 6 15 5 0 1 275 144 9
2 2012-07-13 CHW KCR W 9-8 14.0 17 8 8 7 11 2 2 250 158 9
3 2012-06-02 CHW SEA L 8-10 12.0 15 10 9 3 11 4 0 201 128 9
4 1997-09-14 CHW CLE L 3-8 9.0 11 8 8 4 7 1 0 183 107 9
5 1991-10-03 (2) CHW MIN W 13-12 12.0 16 12 11 6 4 4 0 187 116 9
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The key to the Boston victory were the 15 walks they drew off the nine Chicago pitchers

According to the Elias Sports Bureau: The Red Sox became the first team since at least 1920 to reach base at least 23 or more times in a game with six or fewer hits.

Red Sox who drew walks last night

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B RBI BB IBB HBP
1 Xander Bogaerts 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 7 3 0 1 0 1 2 0 2
2 Jackie Bradley 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 7 6 0 1 1 2 1 0 0
3 Mike Carp 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 Jonny Gomes 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 7 4 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
5 Jonathan Herrera 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
6 Daniel Nava 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 7 5 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
7 David Ortiz 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 7 5 1 1 0 0 2 1 0
8 Dustin Pedroia 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 8 6 3 2 1 0 2 0 0
9 Ryan Roberts 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
10 Grady Sizemore 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 7 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
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Red Sox who did not draw a walk last night

But the story of the night was that of the 275 pitches thrown by White Sox pitchers, and of the 23 pitches seen by A.J. Pierzynski not one was a “ball four.”

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB RBI BB IBB SO HBP SF
1 A.J. Pierzynski 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 1
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Pierzynski is one of 228 players who wore both White Sox and Red Sox

Pierzynski is one of 228 players who wore both White Sox and Red Sox

Five times the Red Sox have had 10 different players walk in a game

Pierzynski not walking prevented the Sox from setting a franchise record for most players walked in a game.

Rk Tm Opp Date #
1 BOS WSA 1961-06-16 10
2 BOS DET 1920-09-17 10
3 BOS NYY 1956-09-29 10
4 BOS CHW 2014-04-16 10
5 BOS BAL 2006-04-07 10
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Most different players walked in a game by the White Sox

Pierzynski not walking prevented the Sox from setting a franchise record for most players walked in a game.

Rk Tm Opp Date #
1 DET CHW 1947-04-21 10
2 BOS CHW 2014-04-16 10
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Double digit walk games this season

Walking 10 times in a game seems to be a key to victory.

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP
1 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 64 44 6 6 2 0 0 6 15 1 5 2
2 2014-04-11 LAA NYM W 5-4 53 42 5 11 1 0 2 5 10 2 8 1
3 2014-04-03 OAK SEA W 3-2 46 36 3 6 0 2 1 3 10 0 10 0
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Red Sox sox logoThe Red Sox record for most walks in a game is 18

Boston is 6-2 when receiving 15+ walks in a game.

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP
1 1920-09-17 BOS DET L 13-14 64 44 13 9 3 1 0 4 18 0 4 0
2 1951-08-22 BOS SLB W 3-1 64 48 3 11 4 0 0 3 16 0 6 0
3 2014-04-16 BOS CHW W 6-4 64 44 6 6 2 0 0 6 15 1 5 2
4 1992-05-07 BOS CHW L 6-7 47 32 6 6 0 0 0 6 15 0 9 0
5 1961-06-16 BOS WSA W 14-9 50 32 14 11 2 1 0 14 15 0 2 1
6 1949-07-07 BOS WSH W 8-4 46 30 8 6 2 0 0 7 15 0 3 0
7 1946-05-18 BOS SLB W 18-8 59 43 18 17 9 0 2 18 15 0 5 0
8 1924-04-29 BOS WSH W 15-6 55 36 15 13 5 0 0 14 15 0 4 0
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White Sox sox logoThe record for walks allowed by the White Sox is 16

Chicago is 1-5 when permitting at least 15 walks in a game.

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR WP BF IBB HBP
1 1952-05-02 CHW PHA L 12-13 8.1 11 13 12 16 7 0 2 51 1 0
2 2014-04-16 CHW BOS L 4-6 14.0 6 6 6 15 5 0 1 64 1 2
3 1992-05-07 CHW BOS W 7-6 9.0 6 6 5 15 9 0 0 47 0 0
4 1975-09-04 CHW KCR L 0-7 9.0 7 7 6 15 3 0 0 50 0 1
5 1948-09-10 CHW SLB L 7-10 9.0 8 10 10 15 7 0 1 49 0
6 1946-06-05 CHW NYY L 6-9 8.0 7 9 8 15 3 0 1 45 0
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