The Florida Marlins piled up 17 runs tonight in Denver. And lost 18-17 to the Rockies after blowing a 9-run lead.
The Marlins didn't come to close to the major league record for most runs by the losing team, or if you're Ned Flanders, the team that didn't win. The Philadelphia Phillies hold that distinction, losing 26-23 to the Cubs back on August 25, 1922. The game was played at what was then called Cubs Park.
The Cubs scored in just four innings in the game. And in two of the innings, the Cubs scored just one run. But the Cubs had a 10-run second and a 14-run fourth also. The Cubs led 26-9 after six, but allowed the Phillies to tally eight runs in the eighth and six in the ninth to make the final a more respectable 26-23. The Cubs used five pitchers to nail down the win. The Phillies used two. The Phillies left 16 runners on base. Time of game, 3:01.
The Cubs were the last team to score at least 17 runs and lose. That was back on May 17, 1979 when the Cubs lost to the Phillies, 23-22 at Wrigley Field in 10 innings.
The Phillies also scored 17 times in a loss to the Reds on August 3, 1969 at Connie Mack Stadium. The Reds won 19-17.
The key play in that game came in the 7th. Dick Allen homered to lead off the inning to cut the Reds lead to 18-17. Wayne Granger came in to relieve. The first two Phillies he faced, Johnny Callison and Deron Johnson singled.
Phillies manager Bob Skinner had Ron Stone bunt, but Granger turned the play into a forceout at third. Don Money then grounded into a DP.
The Phillies got two runners on with two outs in the ninth against Granger, but Stone lined out to right to end the game. Skinner was fired a few days later.
For the Reds, it was a big win as it kept them in third place in the wild NL West that season. They were just a 1/2 game back of Atlanta and San Francisco with the Giants ahead by .001. The Dodgers were one game back in fourth and the Astros were two games back in fifth.