Most major league teams need two, three or more games to amass the record number of runs the Arizona Diamondbacks piled up in the fourth inning alone on Sunday.
On the strength of three home runs, including the first career blast from pitcher Edwin Jackson(notes), the Arizona Diamondbacks put a lucky 13 spot on the board in their 15-6 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jackson, a career .129 batter, actually had two hits in the fourth, in which the D-backs sent 16 men to the plate at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Here's Jackson's homer, which capped the scoring.
"I don't think I've had two hits in an inning since Little League," said Jackson, who wasn't the only player who said the inning reminded him of child's play.
In nearly batting around twice, the D-backs achieved the highest-scoring inning in the majors since the Indians put up 14 on the Yankees in April 2009. It's the highest output in an inning by Arizona since it came into the league in 1998. The 13 runs allowed also tied the worst inning in Pirates history, which dates back to 1882.
In all, McCutchen allowed seven runs and two of the homers in the fourth before manager John Russell gave him the hook with one out.
"That's probably the worst [inning] I've had," McCutchen said. "No fun out there. I wish I would have been more mentally strong."
"I don't think I've ever been part of something like that since Little League or something like that," Snyder said on MLB.com. "That's crazy. Everybody was hitting and it just kept rolling."
The Elias Sports Bureau reports that, since 1900, the NL league record for runs in an inning is 15 — by the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Cincinnati Reds on May 21, 1952.
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