Cardinals celebrate rare walk-off
August, 14, 2013
By Gregg Found, ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Walk-off wins have been plentiful for several MLB teams this season, but the St. Louis Cardinals weren't one of them.
The Boston Red Sox lead MLB with 11 walk-off wins. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians are next with nine apiece.
The Cardinals? They were last in the majors with just one walk-off win. But thanks to Jon Jay and Adron Chambers, they doubled that walk-off total Tuesday night.
Chambers the hero
The clinching hit was delivered by Adron Chambers, a batter who had only one hit all season before his walk-off. Chambers was 1-for-10 at the plate before coming through in the bottom of the 14th inning.
Chambers has played in 69 career MLB games, but this tied the latest into any game that he recorded a hit. He also recorded a hit in the bottom of the 14th inning in the 2012 season against Jonathan Broxton.
A night of extra innings across MLB
As infrequent as walk-off wins have been for the Cardinals, extra-inning wins have been equally rare. Tuesday's win was just their second extra-inning win of the season, tied with the Texas Rangers for fewest in MLB.
But that only highlighted a night across MLB that featured six games going into extra innings.
The Elias Sports Bureau informs us that the previous day of MLB action that featured six games going into extra innings came more than three years ago.
It happened June 6, 2010. Extra-inning games from that day:
• Orioles beat Red Sox in 11 innings
• Reds beat Nationals in 10
• Padres beat Phillies in 10
• Giants beat Pirates in 10
• Dodgers beat Braves in 11
• Brewers beat Cardinals in 10
So that's a total of 62 innings of baseball over those six games.
Tuesday night raced well past that with 68 innings of baseball over six games. The list:
• Marlins beat Royals in 10 innings
• Red Sox beat Blue Jays in 11
• Reds beat Cubs in 11
• White Sox beat Tigers in 11
• Diamondbacks beat Orioles in 11
• Cardinals beat Pirates in 14
And one final note on Tuesday's action. The first three extra-inning games that finished all were won by the road team. The final three all were won by the home team.