List of Major League Baseball single-game records
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The following is a list of single-game baseball records and unusual events. The following criteria are used for inclusion:
- Only events occurring within a single plate appearance, inning, or game are included; cumulative or aggregate records achieved over more than one game are not listed.
- Events occurring during post-season play are included, but events occurring during an All-Star Game are not included.
- Four home runs in a game. Number of occurrences: 18. Most recently, J.D. Martinez, September 4, 2017.
- 2 grand slams in an inning. Number of occurrences: 1. Fernando Tatís, April 23, 1999
- 1 grand slam from each side of the plate in the same game. Number of occurrences: 1. Bill Mueller, July 29, 2003
- Grand slam on first career pitch. Number of occurrences: 2. Kevin Kouzmanoff, September 2, 2006; Daniel Nava, June 12, 2010. (4 Grand Slams in 1st appearance, Duggleby, Hermida)
- Home runs from both sides of the plate in the same inning. Number of occurrences: 3. Carlos Baerga, April 8, 1993; Mark Bellhorn, August 29, 2002; Kendrys Morales, July 30, 2012.
- Grand slam in MLB debut game. Number of occurrences: 7. Bill Duggleby, April 21, 1898; Bobby Bonds, June 25, 1968; Chase Utley, April 24, 2003; Jeremy Hermida, August 31, 2005; Kevin Kouzmanoff, September 2, 2006; Daniel Nava, June 12, 2010; Brandon Crawford, May 27, 2011.
- 19 total bases in a game. Number of occurrences: 1. Shawn Green, May 23, 2002 (4 home runs, a double and a single).
- 9 hits in a game. Number of occurrences: 1. Johnny Burnett, July 10, 1932. (18 inning game)
- 7 hits in a nine-inning game. Number of occurrences: 2. Wilbert Robinson, June 10, 1892; Rennie Stennett, September 16, 1975.
- Three hits in an inning. Number of occurrences: 5. Last by Johnny Damon, June 27, 2003.
- 4 triples in a game. Number of occurrences: 2. George Strief, June 25, 1885; Bill Joyce, May 18, 1897.
- 7 times on base in a game without a swing. Number of occurrences: 1. Bryce Harper, May 8, 2016. (13 innings).
- 4 Intentional walks in a nine-inning game. Number of occurrences: 2. Barry Bonds, May 1, 2004 and September 22, 2004.
- 7 runs scored in a game. Number of occurrences: 1. Guy Hecker, August 15, 1886.
- 3 runs scored in an inning. Number of occurrences: 3. Sammy White, June 18, 1953, Tom Burns and Ned Williamson (both in the same game for the Chicago Colts), September 6, 1883.
- 12 RBIs in a single game. Number of occurrences: 2. Jim Bottomley, September 16, 1924; Mark Whiten, September 7, 1993.
- Hitting into 4 double plays in a game. Number of occurrences: 3. Goose Goslin, April 28, 1934; Joe Torre, July 21, 1975; Víctor Martínez, September 11, 2011.
- Three sacrifice flies in a game. Number of occurrences: 12. Most recently, José López, April 15, 2008.
|Event||# of occurrences||References|
|10 or more runs batted in during a game||14||Baseball Almanac|
|Hitting for the natural cycle||14||Baseball Almanac|
|6 singles in a 9-inning game||18||Baseball Almanac|
|4 home runs in a game||17||Baseball Almanac|
|6 or more runs scored in a game||19||Baseball Almanac|
|Home run on first pitch in the major leagues||30||Baseball Almanac|
|Home run in final at bat in the major leagues||47||Baseball Almanac|
|Home run in first at bat in the major leagues||116||Baseball Almanac|
|Inside-the-park grand slam||224|
|Hitting for the cycle||292|
|Event||# of occurrences||References|
|Two inside the park grand slams by two teammates in a game||1a||Baseball Almanac|
|2 pinch-hit grand slams (by batters on different teams) in a game||1b||Baseball Almanac|
|10 home runs by one team in a game||1c||Baseball Almanac|
|Home runs by same 2 consecutive batters twice in same inning||1d||AP Online|
|5 sacrifice flies by one team in a game||2e||CBS Sportsline|
|9 or more home runs by one team in a game||2||Baseball Almanac|
|5 or more home runs by one team in an inning||2f||Wikipedia|
|3 grand slams by both teams in a game||3||Baseball Almanac|
|3 sacrifice flies by one team in a single inning||4||Baseball Almanac|
|4 home runs by 4 consecutive batters||7g||Baseball Almanac|
|3 grand slams by one team in a game||1||Washington Post|
- 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. Number of occurrences:5. Roger Clemens 1986 and 1996 struck out 20. Kerry Wood in 1998. Most recently, Max Scherzer, May 11, 2016. In 2001, Randy Johnson also struck out 20 in a 9-inning start, but the game went on to extra innings.
- 21 strikeouts in a game of any length. Number of occurrences: 1. Tom Cheney, September 12, 1962 (pitched 16 innings of a 16-inning game).
- 26 innings pitched in a game. Number of occurrences: 2. Leon Cadore and Joe Oeschger, May 1, 1920. (Same game.)
- 4 consecutive home runs allowed. Number of occurrences: 4. Paul Foytack, July 31, 1963; Chase Wright, April 22, 2007, Dave Bush, August 11, 2010 and Michael Blazek, July 27, 2017.
- 7 home runs allowed in a game. Number of occurrences: 1. Charlie Sweeney, June 12, 1886.
- 5 wild pitches in one game. Number of occurrences: 5. Most recently, Freddy García, April 10, 2012. Rick Ankiel of the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals and Bert Cunningham of the 1890 Players' League both threw five wild pitches in a single inning.
- 26 hits allowed in a game. Number of occurrences: 1. Allan Travers, May 18, 1912.
- 29 hits allowed in an extra-inning game. Number of occurrences: 1. Eddie Rommel (17 innings), July 10, 1932.
- Oldest pitcher to win a game. Jamie Moyer, age 49 years, 151 days, May 16, 2012.
|Event||# of occurrences||References|
|10 consecutive strikeouts in a game||1h||Baseball Almanac|
|20 or more consecutive scoreless innings pitched in a game||2||Baseball Almanac|
|First 27 batters retired without a perfect game||2|
|Base on balls given to the first 4 batters||4||Baseball Almanac|
|6 or more home runs surrendered in a game||4||Baseball Almanac|
|Intentional base on balls with the bases loaded||6||Baseball Almanac|
|Home run surrendered on first pitch in major leagues||7||Baseball Almanac|
|Perfect game bid lost on the 27th batter||13|
|4 consecutive strikeouts in a single inning||16||Baseball Almanac|
|4 strikeouts in a single inning||61||Baseball Almanac|
|Home run surrendered to first batter faced in major leagues||69||Baseball Almanac|
|Immaculate Inning (9 pitches, 9 strikes, side retired)||75||Baseball Almanac|
- 26 strikeouts in a game of any length. Number of occurrences: 3. Los Angeles Dodgers, June 2, 2017 (in a 12-inning game); Chicago Cubs, May 7, 2017 (in an 18-inning game); and California Angels, July 9, 1971 (in a 20-inning game).
- Most strikeouts in a game of any length by both teams. 48 in an 18 inning game between the Cubs and Yankees on May 7th 2017 
- Team executes two triple plays in a game. Number of occurrences: 1. Minnesota Twins, July 17, 1990.
- Shortstop plays doubleheader without an official chance. Number of occurrences: 1. Toby Harrah, June 25, 1976.
- Unassisted triple play. Number of occurrences: 15. Most recently, Eric Bruntlett, August 23, 2009.
- Three errors on one play. Number of occurrences: 4. Most recently committed by Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres, September 8, 2014. Yasiel Puig bungled a throw to first base. A. J. Ellis then torpedoed the throw into left field, and then on the relay to home plate, Hanley Ramírez threw the ball past a diving Clayton Kershaw to complete the trifecta of errors.
|Event||# of occurrences||References|
|Two triple steals by the same team in a game||1i||Baseball Almanac|
|A single baserunner caught stealing 4 times in a game||1j||Baseball Almanac|
|8 stolen bases by a team in a single inning||2||Baseball Almanac|
|Home stolen 3 times by the same team in a game||5||Baseball Almanac|
|A single baserunner caught stealing twice in a single inning||10||Baseball Almanac|
|Home stolen twice by a single baserunner in a game||11||Baseball Almanac|
|One player stealing second, third, and home in a single inning||52||Baseball Almanac|
Letters identify the individuals or teams that accomplished the feat.
- a. Jimmy Sheckard and Joe Kelley, Brooklyn Superbas, September 23, 1901
- b. Pat Crawford (New York Giants) and Les Bell (Boston Braves), May 26, 1929
- c. Toronto Blue Jays, September 14, 1987
- d. Mike Cameron and Bret Boone, Seattle Mariners, May 2, 2002 (Mike Cameron went on to hit 4 home runs and tie the major-league record in the game).
- e. Seattle Mariners, August 7, 1988; Colorado Rockies, June 7, 2006
- f. Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew, Don Mincher, Rich Rollins and Zoilo Versalles, Minnesota Twins, June 9, 1966
- g. See Baseball Almanac under "Most Consecutively" for full list
- h. Tom Seaver, New York Mets, April 22, 1970
- i. Philadelphia Athletics, July 25, 1930
- j. Robby Thompson, San Francisco Giants, June 27, 1986
- 4 Home Runs in 1 Game by Baseball Almanac
- 2 Grand Slams In 1 Game by Baseball Almanac
- Home Run From Both Sides Of The Plate In One Game
- Grand Slam Records
- Total Bases Records by Baseball Almanac
- Hits Records by Baseball Almanac : Hits in a Career, Hits in a Single Season and Hits in a Game Records
- Six Hits in One Game by Baseball Almanac
- Triples Records by Baseball Almanac
- Intentional Bases On Balls Records by Baseball Almanac
- Runs Scored Records by Baseball Almanac
- Runs Batted in Records by Baseball Almanac
- Grounding Into Double Plays Records by Baseball Almanac
- Sacrifice Flies Records by Baseball Almanac
- Seattle Mariners ride flurry of sacrifice flies to 11-6 victory over Kansas City Royals (Seattle Times, 16 April 2008, last accessed 28 July 2009)
- As of 2002. This event was much more common before the modern era (i.e. the turn of the 20th century); there have been only 40 inside-the-park grand slams since 1950.
- As of 3 September 2011.
- This may seem impossible. However, a sacrifice fly can be awarded without an out being recorded, if the fielder in question commits an error.
- Strikeout Records by Pitchers including Career Strikeouts, Single Season Strikeouts and Strikeouts in a Game Records, by Baseball Almanac
- Innings Pitched Records & Scoreless Innings Pitched Records, by Baseball Almanac
- The Official Site of The New York Yankees: News: New York Yankees News
- Home Runs Allowed Records, by Baseball Almanac
- Home Runs Allowed Records by Baseball Almanac
- Wild Pitch Records, by Baseball Almanac
- Cards beat Braves in wild one
- This may seem impossible. However, by definition a perfect game requires more than simply retiring the first 27 batters in order; it also requires that the pitcher's team wins, and that the pitcher completes the entire game. See perfect game for more details.
- These six events may be the only times in the history of baseball when a team has deliberately and with premeditation allowed a run to score by the opposing team for strategic purposes. It is true that there are cases where a particular choice of defensive alignment may make scoring more likely, and there are cases where decisions made in the moment of play allow a run to score in exchange for other strategic purposes, but intentionally walking in a run is clearly in a different class of strategic maneuver. This may also have occurred when a pitcher was instructed to deliberately hit a batter with the bases loaded, but in this case, intention is not provable.
- Baseball Reference lists 6, but Hideki Okajima surrendered a home run on his first pitch April 2, 2007.
- This is possible when a batter who has been struck out reaches first base safely under a dropped third strike. That is, if strike three is recorded on the batter but the catcher does not catch the ball to complete the putout (likely because of a wild pitch or passed ball) and first base is unoccupied, the batter may advance to first; the pitcher is credited with a strikeout, but no out is recorded.
- The Baseball Almanac states that 16 pitchers have accomplished this feat. Of these, all but Chuck Finley have only once struck out 4 batters in a single inning (consecutively or otherwise). Finley however did it 3 times, but the Baseball Almanac does not state how many of those were consecutive strikeouts (i.e., whether it was once, twice, or all 3 times).
- Some sources do not include the two perfect games thrown in the 19th century, because of differences in the rules of play, and thus list only twenty-one perfect games.
- Baseball Reference lists 64, but Russ Johnson took Shane Komine deep in Komine's 2nd pitch on July 30, 2006. As well, Brandon Phillips hit one off of Steven Matz on his 5th pitch June 28, 2015.
- Baseball's Triple Plays – Trivia & Miscellanea Archived 2011-02-21 at the Wayback Machine.
- The Official Site of The Texas Rangers: History: Rangers Timeline
- Unassisted Triple Plays by Baseball Almanac
-  USAToday.com