Baseball Esoterica

August 29, 2005

Extra Effort

On August 16, Boston and Detroit combined for the highest scoring tenth inning in at least 35 years, and the highest scoring extra inning outburst in a losing cause in more than 25!

Tied 3-3 after nine, the Red Sox scored seven in the top of the tenth, and the Tigers answered back with four in the bottom (a grand slam, no less), making the final score an incredible 10-7. No home team has scored more than four runs in an extra inning and lose since June 30, 1979, when the Cubs scored five in the bottom of the eleventh, but still lost to the Mets because they allowed them to score six in the top of the frame.

And the 11 tenth-inning runs are the most since at least 1969 in a tenth inning. The last game with more total extra-inning runs was a Colorado-San Diego game on June 28, 1994, when they compiled this amazing boxscore:

SD   1  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  0    1  9  -  11 14  0
COL 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 - 3 8 4

That was actually a 1-1 game at Coors field after nine, the first of only three times that has happened. And in typical Coors fashion, a team still managed to score more than ten!

But Wait, There's More!
On the same day, Minnesota also had a big extra inning, scoring five in the top of the 16th in their 9-4 win. The only other time that three teams had four-run-plus extra-innings (since at least 1969) was May 23, 1991, when San Diego (4), Atlanta (4), and Texas (5) did it.

And to top it all off, including Tampa Bay's 11th inning run, the 17 extra inning runs scored that day were the most since an insane August 15, 1998 saw 19 runs in extras. On that day, seven games went to extras, and 10 of the 14 teams involved pushed across an extra-inning run.

And Yet More!
On Saturday, Minnesota did it again, putting together a five-run eleventh. It's not as unusual as you'd think, though. Seattle did it twice last year (April11 and May15). But it's the shortest time period (11 days) between occurrences since 1994, when the White Sox actually did it on consecutive days against the Angels! (August 6 and 7).

Extra Esoterica: What's the most runs scored in extras?
  • Both teams: 13, in that crazy 19-inning Mets-Braves game on July 4, 1985. They went into extras at 8-8. Ten innings and countless hours later, the final was 16-13.
  • One team: would you believe...12?! On July 3, 1983, Texas had a mind-boggling 12-run 15th inning. What is it about Independence Day that makes teams put in that "extra" effort?

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