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June ends today. Will the losing?

    OAKLAND -- Win or lose this afternoon, the Marlins will close out their worst month in franchise history -- and one of the worst months in baseball history for any team.

    Lose to the A's at Oakland Coliseum and they'll finish June with a 4-24 record. Based on a .143 winning percentage, that would rank among the worst 19 months ever recorded -- and when I mean "ever," I mean all the way back to the 1800s.

    Since 1950, it would match the 1963 New York Mets (4-24), but outrank the 2003 Detroit Tigers (3-20, .130), 1972 Texas Rangers (3-23, .115), 1954 Philadelphia Athletics (3-26, .103), 1982 Minnesota Twins (3-26, .103) and 1988 Baltimore Orioles (1-22, .043).

    The title for worst month in baseball history belongs to the legendary Pittsburgh Allegheneys, who went 1-27 (.036).

    Even if the Marlins win today to "improve" to 5-23 for the month, that .821 losing percentage would  still rank among the 45 worst months in baseball history.


     A mathematician friend of mind crunched some numbers and determined that the odds of losing 14 consecutive one-run decisions, as the Marlins have done, would be about 1 in 1,250.

    As hard as this is to believe,  the Marlins are not that close to the record for consecutive losses in one-run games. That mark is held by the 1933 Boston Red Sox, who lost 20 consecutive one-run decisions, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


     Tuesday's one-hitter by Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey jarred loose a memory. I saw Chuck Dobson of the A's one-hit the White Sox at Comiskey Park in 1970. And, just like Tuesday, the hit came in the first inning. My recollection has always been that Luis Aparacio had Chicago's lone hit. But when I went back and looked at the box score, I see that it was Gail Hopkins who produced the only hit of the game for the Sox.

     Emilio Bonifacio's leadoff single in the first was all that kept the Marlins from being no-hit.


   Sombrero   Someone needs to take a head measurement for Mike Stanton in order to be fitted for a "golden sombrero" for striking out four times in a game. Stanton has accomplished the feat twice on this road trip -- Friday in Seattle and last night here in Oakland.