Let’s get our history textbooks out. Remember the now famous 1896 presidential election between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan?
That bitter duel was taking place the last time a Major League Baseball team accomplished something we saw the Boston Red Sox do Thursday night against the New York Yankees.
Boston put up 19 runs against New York in a game that represented a near century long futility mark for the Yankees.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello went all of six innings in the game to bring his ERA down to 5.55 on the season. In doing so, it’s the fifth consecutive Porcello start that has seen Boston score 10-plus runs. According to MLB Stats, that has not been done around the baseball world since 1896.
This is an absolutely insane stat. The run started back on June 29 when Boston laid a 13-spot on these very same Yankees. Unfortunately, the Red Sox yielded 17 runs in a losing effort.
That was followed up by Boston scoring a combined 37 runs in Porcello’s next three starts, including 17 against the Baltimore Orioles back on July 20. This means that Boston has provided Porcello 69 runs of support in his past five starts. Nice!