Today's 4-2 Lynx win boxscore, play-by-play drew some attention to cleanup man Gary Burnham's pursuit of a couple club marks.
Burnham's game-tying RBI double in the fourth and the bases-full walk he drew in the seventh — Buffalo lefty Rich Rundles (2-4) handled out free passes like he was the L.A. Galaxy's ticket manager, walking five straight to force in the winning runs — brought him up to 75 RBI, ten away from Shane Andrews' club record set in 1994.
(See? The Rich are almost the most generous. Five straight walks? That was ballsy.)
RBI are an overrated stat, but a club record is a club record and Burnham by all accounts is a deserving kind of guy. He has 14 games (10 against Syracuse's struggling pitching staff) to tie or beat the mark, so if the top of the order — that means you, Javon Moran, Joe Thurston and Jason Jaramillo — can get on base for him, there's an outside chance.
Burnham's on-base percentage was .389 entering today and he pushed it up a couple points by getting on base three times in four plate appearances. Does anyone know what the Lynx single-season record is and what constitutes a full season (i.e., minimum number of plate appearances to qualify for the IL batting title)?
Jack Cust, now thriving with the Oakland A's had a .422 OBP in 2003, a season where he appeared in only 97 games and had less than three plate appearances per team game played. The '02 Lynx, the last one to make the playoffs, had Endy Chavez and Joe Vitiello put up respective OBPs of .392 and .390.
Burnham's double was his 31st — seven off the club mark set by Luis Ortiz in that '02 playoff season. Matching that is a longshot.
Geoff Geary (2-1) got the win today with a couple scoreless frames. The Lynx (51-78) will likely get the franchise's 1,000th win during the eight-game, seven-day road trip that begins tomorrow with a doubleheader in Syracuse.