Tuesday, April 12, 2011
M's win helps home teams avoid history
By Steven Glasser
In what seemed to be an ordinary game on an ordinary night, the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners turned in one of the best games of the young season. However, it also prevented something from happening that baseball hasn't seen since 1890.
Mariners-Blue Jays, By the Numbers:
Number of games played on Monday night, with the Mariners and Blue Jays being the final one to finish.
Number of games that had already been won by the road team Monday, leaving this possibility open: For just the second time in MLB’s 136-year history, on a day in which there were at least 10 games, all 10 had a chance to be won by the road team (source: Elias Sports Bureau).
Unanswered runs scored by the Mariners to win 8-7, making Seattle the lone home team to win on Monday.
Number of runs the Mariners were down entering the seventh inning. The comeback marked the first time in franchise history Seattle erased a deficit of at least seven runs in the sixth inning or later.
Innings pitched by reigning Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez, who allowed seven earned runs, tying his career-high.
Seattle came back and took its ace off the hook, perhaps repaying him for last year. In 2010, Hernandez allowed two earned runs or fewer in 25 of his 34 starts. In 12 of those starts, he either received a no-decision or took the loss.
Runs scored in the eighth inning by the Mariners, the most runs they have scored in any inning this season. In fact, it was the first time they scored at least five runs in the eighth inning of a game since 2008.
Number of pitchers used by the Blue Jays in the eighth inning. The four pitchers combined to issue four walks, including three consecutive which each brought in a run.
July 3, 1999 -- That's the last time the Mariners came back from a seven-run deficit. (Trailing 9-2, they came back to beat the Texas Rangers 13-12.) That Mariners team featured Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez, who hit two home runs.
The second career walk-off hit for Luiz Rodriguez, who came into the game when Chone Figgins left in the fourth inning. Rodriguez finally broke through on the 10th pitch of the at-bat that gave the Mariners the victory.
Despite Monday’s best efforts, the Mariners ensured that there remains only one day in MLB history featuring at least 10 games, in which each game was won by the road team. That was July 30, 1890 when 12 games were played and the visitors won all 12.