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Game of year: Clinton 20, Burlington 17

5/8/2014

The Midwest League isn't known for high-scoring games, so a 20-17 score was certainly unusual enough. But here's the kicker: The Clinton LumberKings, Class A affiliate of the Mariners, trailed 17-1! They scored six runs in the sixth, five in the eighth and five in the ninth to tie it and then won it with three runs in the 12th. Second baseman Lonnie Kauppila pitched the bottom of the 12th to get the save.

From Josh Jackson's report at MiLB.com:

Justin Seager needed only a second to consider whether he'd ever been a part of the game like the one he played Wednesday night.

"I don't think so," he said. "I don't know if anybody's ever played a game like that before."

Even crazier: Just four days ago the LumberKings had rallied from an eight-run deficit.

Here's the box score from the big comeback.

The biggest comeback in major league history also involves the Mariners, except on the other side. On Aug. 5, 2001, the Indians trailed the Mariners 12-0 after three innings, only to rally and win 15-14 in 11 innings. Here's that box score and here are the highlights.

That game had another historical implication: The Mariners would finish the season with 116 wins, tying the 1906 Cubs for most ever. If they don't blow that game the record is all theirs.

(Technically, it only tied the record as the Tigers rallied from a 12-run deficit to beat the White Sox on June 18, 1911, and the A's rallied from 12 down to beat the Indians on June 15, 1925. The A's scored 13 runs in the eighth to win 17-15.)