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Perfect in Extra-Inning Games

Posted by Raphy on August 17, 2011

This season the Dodgers have played in only 6 extra-inning games, but  have won them all. Since 1901, only 3 teams have gone an entire season in which they played at least one extra inning game and not lost any of them. Here are the all time leaders in extra-inning winning percentage.

 

Rk Tm Year G W L W-L% RS RA pythW-L%
1 CLE 1995 13 13 0 1.000 74 59 .602
2 PHA 1928 8 8 0 1.000 43 33 .619
3 LAD 2011 6 6 0 1.000 32 21 .684
4 CIN 1948 5 5 0 1.000 33 26 .607
5 CLE 1949 19 18 1 .947 81 54 .677
6 PIT 1969 13 12 1 .923 59 37 .701
7 MON 1987 13 12 1 .923 69 54 .610
8 NYM 1984 12 11 1 .917 43 30 .659
9 PIT 1959 21 19 2 .905 103 82 .603
10 STL 1929 11 9 1 .900 77 64 .584
11 BOS 1938 10 9 1 .900 66 53 .599
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/12/2011.

Here are the extra inning games for the "perfect" teams:

1928 Athletics

Rk Gm# ▴ Date Tm Opp R RA Inn W-L Rank GB Win Loss Save Time Attendance Streak
1 21 Monday, May 14 boxscore PHA CLE W 6 3 10 14-7 2 4.0 Grove Bayne +
2 26 Monday, May 21 boxscore PHA WSH W 4 3 13 18-8 2 3.5 Quinn Zachary 2:40 0 ++
3 28 Tuesday, May 22 boxscore PHA WSH W 7 6 11 20-8 2 3.5 Powers Marberry 2:02 ++++
4 59 Saturday, Jun 23 boxscore PHA @ WSH W 5 4 10 37-22 2 7.5 Walberg Marberry ++
5 88 Thursday, Jul 19 boxscore PHA SLB W 4 3 11 53-35 2 12.0 Rommel Blaeholder 1:47 ++++
6 119 Wednesday, Aug 22 boxscore PHA CLE W 6 5 17 76-43 2 5.0 Rommel Miljus 3:15 6,000 ++
7 125 Tuesday, Aug 28 boxscore PHA CHW W 4 3 11 81-44 2 3.0 Rommel Adkins 28,000 +++
8 135 Saturday, Sep 8 boxscore PHA @ BOS W 7 6 10 88-47 1 up 0.5 Orwoll Morris 0 ++++
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Generated 8/16/2011.

1948 Reds

Rk Gm# ▴ Date Tm Opp R RA Inn W-L Rank GB Win Loss Save Time Attendance Streak
1 11 Thursday, Apr 29 boxscore CIN STL W 5 4 14 6-5 2 1.5 Gumbert Wilks 3:01 2,232 ++
2 26 Sunday, May 16 boxscore CIN @ CHC W 13 11 10 9-17 8 7.0 Gumbert Meyer 2:59 32,226 ++
3 60 Tuesday, Jun 22 boxscore CIN @ PHI W 6 4 10 26-34 7 9.0 Raffensberger Heusser 2:50 9,091 ++
4 65 Tuesday, Jun 29 boxscore CIN PIT W 6 5 14 29-36 7 8.0 Raffensberger Singleton 3:55 23,233 +++
5 116 Monday, Aug 23 boxscore CIN PHI W 3 2 10 49-67 7 17.5 Gumbert Rowe 2:21 10,880 +
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Generated 8/16/2011.

1995 Indians

Rk Gm# ▴ Date Tm Opp R RA Inn W-L Rank GB Win Loss Save Time Attendance Streak
1 4 Sunday, Apr 30 boxscore CLE @ TEX W 7 6 12 2-2 2 1.5 Mesa Whiteside 4:41 26,026 +
2 10 Sunday, May 7 boxscore CLE MIN W 10 9 17 6-4 2 1.5 Poole Guthrie 6:36 39,431 +
3 13 Wednesday, May 10 boxscore CLE KCR W 3 2 10 9-4 1 Tied Plunk Meacham 3:14 27,749 ++++
4 37 Wednesday, Jun 7 boxscore CLE DET W 3 2 10 27-10 1 up 7.0 Plunk Maxcy 2:42 36,363 +++++
5 48 Monday, Jun 19 boxscore CLE BOS W 4 3 10 35-13 1 up 7.0 Plunk Ryan 3:37 41,645 +
6 71 Sunday, Jul 16 boxscore CLE OAK W 5 4 12 50-21 1 up14.5 Embree Eckersley 4:26 41,767 ++++
7 79 Monday, Jul 24 boxscore CLE @ CAL W 9 7 10 57-22 1 up16.5 Assenmacher Smith Mesa 3:57 30,367 +++++++
8 96 Friday, Aug 11 boxscore CLE @ NYY W 5 4 11 66-30 1 up18.0 Tavarez Wetteland Mesa 3:59 33,739 +++
9 109 Friday, Aug 25 boxscore CLE DET W 6 5 11 74-35 1 up18.5 Tavarez Lira 3:22 41,676 ++
10 114 Wednesday, Aug 30 boxscore CLE TOR W 4 3 14 79-35 1 up21.5 Assenmacher Castillo 4:52 41,807 +++++++
11 115 Thursday, Aug 31 boxscore CLE TOR W 6 4 10 80-35 1 up21.5 Mesa Rogers 3:03 41,746 ++++++++
12 118 Sunday, Sep 3 boxscore CLE @ DET W 9 8 10 82-36 1 up21.5 Mesa Boever 3:22 25,393 +
13 143 Saturday, Sep 30 boxscore CLE KCR W 3 2 10 99-44 1 up29.0 Embree Montgomery 2:58 41,578 ++++
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Generated 8/16/2011.

2011 Dodgers (through 8/16)

Rk Gm# ▴ Date Tm Opp R RA Inn W-L Rank GB Win Loss Save Time Attendance Streak
1 7 Friday, Apr 8 boxscore LAD @ SDP W 4 2 11 4-3 2 0.5 Hawksworth Frieri Broxton 4:19 32,585 +
2 20 Thursday, Apr 21 boxscore LAD ATL W 5 3 12 10-10 3 4.0 Guerrier Martinez 3:52 30,711 ++
3 26 Wednesday, Apr 27 boxscore LAD @ FLA W 5 4 10 13-13 2 4.5 Guerrier Sanches Padilla 3:19 16,523 +
4 46 Friday, May 20 boxscore LAD @ CHW W 6 4 10 21-25 4 5.0 Jansen Santos MacDougal 3:17 24,121 +
5 59 Saturday, Jun 4 boxscore LAD @ CIN W 11 8 11 27-32 4 6.0 Guerra Fisher 3:58 40,324 +
6 117 Friday, Aug 12 boxscore LAD HOU W 1 0 10 53-64 4 12.0 Lindblom Carpenter 2:55 33,642 +
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/16/2011.

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11 Responses to “Perfect in Extra-Inning Games”

  1. Fun stuff. You might enjoy an article I wrote a couple of years ago about the 1995 Indians' extra innings dominance. (Also, the flip side of this is the 1969 Expos, who lost all 12 of their extra innings affairs. There's a link to a piece on that team in the previously linked article.)

  2. Thanks Geoff! Your article is an interesting read, as usual.

  3. I think it's interesting to note the difference in game times between the A's of '28 and this years Dodgers. I'm guessing guys didn't step out of the box to ask for time when Grove was on the mound.

  4. Morten Jonsson Says:

    It's interesting to see the 1959 Pirates there, with an amazing 19 wins in extra innings. And Roy Face was right there in the middle of things--he pitched in 15 of those wins, and was the winning pitcher in 11 of them. Eleven! That was the year, of course, when he went 18-1 in relief. He also blew the save in 1 of the 2 losses, the bum. But he didn't pitch in the other loss, which happens to be one of the most famous games ever played--Harvey Haddix's twelve-inning perfect game, which he lost in the thirteenth.

  5. @4 That is interesting. It didn't occur to me that one their two losses was the Haddix game. Here are their extra-inning games from that season. (The numbering is off, but they're all there.

    Rk Gm# ▴ Date Tm   Opp R RA Inn W-L Rank GB Win Loss Save Time Attendance Streak
    2 18 Sunday, May 3 boxscore PIT STL W 4 3 10 8-9 6 3.0 Face Brosnan 2:48 0 ++
    3 23 Thursday, May 7 boxscore PIT PHI W 5 4 10 10-12 6 3.5 Face Owens 2:24 10,358 +
    4 29 Tuesday, May 12 boxscore PIT @ SFG W 6 5 12 13-15 6 4.0 Daniels Jones 3:51 8,084 +
    5 41 Sunday, May 24 boxscore PIT CIN W 5 4 10 21-19 3 4.0 Blackburn Purkey 3:00 32,273 +++++
    6 42 Tuesday, May 26 boxscore PIT @ MLN L 0 1 13 21-20 3 4.5 Burdette Haddix 2:54 19,194 -
    7 56 Monday, Jun 8 boxscore PIT SFG W 12 9 11 29-26 3 4.5 Face McCormick 4:13 19,080 +
    8 66 Thursday, Jun 18 boxscore PIT @ CHC W 4 2 13 35-30 3 2.0 Face Henry 3:04 7,562 +
    9 74 Thursday, Jun 25 boxscore PIT @ SFG W 3 1 12 39-34 4 3.0 Face Fisher 2:55 11,487 +
    10 80 Thursday, Jul 2 boxscore PIT MLN W 4 3 10 41-38 4 3.5 Law McMahon 2:22 28,282 +
    11 84 Sunday, Jul 5 boxscore PIT CIN W 3 2 11 44-39 4 3.0 Kline Pena 2:14 22,622 +++
    12 85 Thursday, Jul 9 boxscore PIT CHC W 4 3 10 45-39 4 3.0 Face Henry 2:41 22,080 ++++
    13 86 Friday, Jul 10 boxscore PIT CHC W 7 6 11 46-39 4 3.0 Daniels Elston 3:15 25,360 +++++
    14 88 Sunday, Jul 12 boxscore PIT STL W 6 5 10 47-40 4 3.5 Face McDaniel 2:57 0 +
    15 89 Sunday, Jul 12 boxscore PIT STL L 6 8 10 47-41 4 3.5 McDaniel Porterfield 2:35 25,530 -
    16 104 Thursday, Jul 30 boxscore PIT @ LAD W 5 4 12 50-53 5 7.0 Daniels Williams Gross 3:21 24,221 +
    17 112 Saturday, Aug 8 boxscore PIT @ CHC W 4 3 14 53-58 6 10.0 Gross Donnelly 4:19 5,693 +
    18 113 Sunday, Aug 9 boxscore PIT @ CHC W 5 3 10 54-58 4 10.0 Face Elston 2:38 19,138 ++
    19 126 Sunday, Aug 23 boxscore PIT LAD W 4 3 10 64-61 4 8.0 Face Drysdale 3:08 25,173 +++
    20 129 Wednesday, Aug 26 boxscore PIT SFG W 5 4 10 66-62 4 7.0 Kline Miller 3:11 20,244 +
    21 133 Sunday, Aug 30 boxscore PIT PHI W 7 6 10 70-62 4 4.0 Face Farrell 2:42 20,015 +++++
    22 149 Saturday, Sep 19 boxscore PIT CIN W 4 3 12 76-72 4 6.0 Face Lawrence 2:30 8,406 ++
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/17/2011.
  6. @3 WK - I was going nuts last week when the Phils played in LA. Kemp and Ethier especially were guilty of stepping out of the box and fiddling around. It drove me bonkers. No way that all 3 games should have lasted 3.5 hours.

  7. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @3/ W.K.Kortas - and if you need further evidence that games of yesteryear were played at a quicker pace, look at the time in #5 for Harvey Haddix's twelve-inning perfect game for the 1959 Pirates - 2:54, about the the average time for a _nine inning_ game today. Twelve of their 22 extra-inning games took less than three hours, including 2:14 and 2:24.

  8. Now if the Dodgers would win some nine-inning games I will be a happy fan.

  9. The Dodgers and '48 Reds are the only sub-.500 teams.

    But, the '95 Indians were the only team to parlay their skill/good fortune into a pennant.

  10. I would have thought there would be several 1-0 or 2-0 teams on a list like this. Apparently, everyone plays a decent number of extra-inning games.

  11. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Apparently, everyone plays a decent number of extra-inning games.

    That is a very true statement. The fewest extra-inning games played by a team over a full season is three, by the 1936 St. Louis Browns. Every other team currently in the B-R PBP database (1911 NL, 1919-present all teams) played at least five extra-inning games every season. The average number of extra-inning games per team per season is 14.6, which (with ties) translates to about 9.3% of all games played.

    The team that played the most extra-inning games in a season is the 1943 Red Sox, with 31 (15 wins, 14 losses, two ties).