Saturday, September 22, 2012
Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees and extra innings
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Baltimore Orioles won -- again -- in extra innings on Saturday, beating the Boston Red Sox 9-6 in 12 innings.
It was Baltimore's 16th straight extra-inning win. That's the second-longest single-season streak in major league history behind the 1949 Cleveland Indians, who won 17 in a row.
The Orioles are a perfect 11-0 on the road in extra innings -- including 4-0 at Fenway Park. Their 16 extra-inning wins are the most for a team in a single season since 1999 Atlanta Braves won 17.
Almost 19 percent of the Orioles' wins this season (16 of 87) have come after the ninth inning.
Ironically, the Orioles actually lost the first two extra-inning games of the season before their streak started.
The loss dropped the Red Sox to 0-7 at home this season in extra-inning games. Since 1901, only five teams have finished a season 0-7 or worse at home in extra-inning games.
As impressive as that streak is for the Orioles, the New York Yankees outdid the O's on Saturday when it came to playing extra baseball.
The Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 10-9 in 14 innings; the win was only the second of its kind in franchise history.
Oakland hit three home runs (Jonny Gomes, Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Carter) in the 13th inning to go up 9-5. Gomes became the first A's player to hit a go-ahead HR in 13th inning or later on the road since Mark McGwire on July 4, 1988, at Cleveland. For Cespedes, it was his 20th home run of the season, the first Oakland rookie with 20 home runs since current Yankee Nick Swisher hit 21 in 2005.
However, in the bottom of the 13th, Raul Ibanez hit a two-run home run that tied the game. Ibanez is first Yankee to hit a game-tying home run in the 13th inning or later since Roy Smalley did it in the 14th inning against the Seattle Mariners in 1984.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was only the third time in the divisional era (since 1969) that teams combined to hit at least four home runs in a single extra inning. It was done in 2004 by the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers -- each team hit two home runs in the 10th inning. In 1969, the Seattle Pilots and Red Sox also combined for four home runs in the 11th inning.
Also according to Elias, it's the first time in franchise history that the A's lost an extra-inning game in which they led by at least four runs.
Conversely, it's only the second time the Yankees won after trailing by at least four runs in extra innings. The first instance happened almost 32 years ago to the day (Sept 17, 1980 vs. Blue Jays). What's more, the Yankees had been 0-5 when they were down by four or more runs in the 13th inning or later.
Finally according to Elias, this is the first time in the Expansion era (1961) the Yankees had a walk-off win in the 14th inning or later that ended on an error.