As the good folks at Elias Sports Bureau pointed out on ESPN.com, the Nationals on Friday became just the third major-league team since 1918 to score 17 or more runs in a game after being shut out in the previous two contests. (Their 17-5 bludgeoning of the Orioles followed 3-0 and 1-0 losses to the Mets.)
The last two clubs to pull it off were the 1952 Indians (who beat the A’s 21-9 after losing 13-0 and 1-0 to the Tigers) and the ’64 Mets (who beat the Cubs 19-1 after losing 4-0 and 5-0 to the Houston Colts).
What’s so interesting about that, you ask? Well, the starting right fielder for the ’52 Indians when they erupted for 21 runs was Bob Kennedy (who went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI). And the manager for the Cubs when the Mets scored 19 against them was … the very same Bob Kennedy (who spent four seasons as a big-league skipper after his playing career ended in 1957).
I wouldn’t have brought this up, though, if it hadn’t been for one thing: Bob’s son, Terry, played for the Orioles (1987-88) and managed in the Expos’ farm system (1994 Vermont Expos). And the Expos, of course, became the Nats.