Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Comeback Wednesday in MLB
What a wild Wednesday afternoon in baseball. Two teams (the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds) established 10-1 leads. Both of them coughed up every last run of those leads! The Braves fell to the Colorado Rockies, but the Reds hung on to defeat the San Francisco Giants in 12 innings. Had the Giants come back to win, it would have been the first time in MLB history (according to the Elias Sports Bureau) that two teams came back from at least nine runs down to win on the same day. Let's dig through some of the numbers.
Rockies 12, Braves 10
The Braves raced out to a 10-1 lead in the third inning. How thorough was the Braves offensive dominance? By the 4th inning, every single Braves starter (including pitcher Jair Jurrjens) had recorded an extra-base hit. The Braves are just the fourth NL team in the live-ball era (since 1920) to accomplish this. In fact, no NL team had done this since 1978 and the Braves did it by the fourth inning!
However, Colorado came back with 11 unanswered runs to win it, 12-10. It's their 18th comeback win of the season.
• The nine-run comeback is tied for the largest in Rockies history. The other instance was when they erased a 13-4 deficit to pull off an 18-17 win against the Marlins on July 4, 2008.
• It is also tied for largest blown lead in Braves history. According to Elias, they have previously blown nine-run leads to the Cardinals in 1992 and to the Phillies in 1933.
• This was the 48th time this season that Braves have scored at least four runs. This was just the third of those 48 games that the Braves lost.
• Remember the chart above, with the four NL teams since 1920 to have all nine starters record an extra-base hit? Each of the previous teams before the Braves went on to win their game by at least 16 runs!
• The Rockies have come back from at least five runs down three times this season. That is the most in the NL according to our friends at Elias. They also did this against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 6th and 7th.
• Rockies starter Esmil Rogers recorded just five outs. It's the 11th time this season a team has won a game despite receiving fewer than two innings pitched from its starting pitcher.
Reds 12, Giants 11 (12 innings)
Like the Braves, the Reds also took a 10-1 lead. The Giants scored 10 unanswered runs to take an 11-10 lead heading into the ninth inning. The Reds then picked up a run in top of the ninth to force extra innings. Joey Votto, who hit his 30th and 31st HR earlier in the game, won it with an RBI single in the top of the 12th.
• It was the 36th comeback win of the season for the Reds (3rd-most in MLB).
• The Giants' 11 runs scored are their most in a home loss in 27 years. They last scored that many in a home loss in a 13-11 defeat vs the San Diego Padres on April 5, 1983. The Giants are 147-3 in home games in which they score 11+ since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the second time since the team moved to San Francisco that the Giants scored scored 10+ runs in every game of a series of at least three games (other was in 2006 at Houston). It is just the 3rd time since 1920 that the Giants have scored 10+ runs in three straight home games (also in 1962 and 1953).
• The Giants' largest comeback remains eight runs (last in 1989 vs the Reds). The Reds' largest blown lead is nine (last in 2004 vs the Milwaukee Brewers).
• Joey Votto homered twice, bringing his season total to 31. He is the first Reds 1B with a 30-HR season since Lee May in 1971. No MLB team had gone longer without a 30-HR season by a 1B.
• In addition to the home runs, Votto hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 12th inning. Over the last two seasons, he has four go-ahead hits in extra-innings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Andre Ethier and Nelson Cruz (five each) have more such hits over this span.
• The Reds have allowed 11+ runs in three straight road games. It is just the third time in the live-ball era (since 1920) that they have done this. The other instances came in 1997 and 1922.
• The Giants committed a season-high five errors. They last committed five errors on August 7, 2009.
• Barry Zito made his second career relief appearance for the Giants and took the loss. He has lost each of his last three appearances.