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1st Inning Post-Season Intentional Walks

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 5, 2011

It's happened more often than I thought it would have...

Here is the list -

Cr# Gm# Date Series Gm# Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) RBI WPA RE24 LI Play Description
1 1 1916-10-10 WS 3 Zack Wheat BRO BOS Carl Mays tied 0-0 b1 -23 1   0 0.01 0.15 1.73 Intentional Walk
2 1 1935-10-07 WS 6 Gee Walker DET CHC Larry French ahead 0-1 b1 -23 2   0 0.01 0.17 1.67 Intentional Walk
3 1 1945-10-03 WS 1 Andy Pafko CHC @DET Hal Newhouser ahead 0-1 t1 --3 2   0 0.01 0.13 1.21 Intentional Walk
4 1 1945-10-10 WS 7 Roy Cullenbine DET @CHC Paul Derringer ahead 0-1 t1 -23 1   0 0.01 0.17 1.35 Intentional Walk
5 1 1946-10-09 WS 3 Ted Williams BOS STL Murry Dickson tied 0-0 b1 -2- 2   0 0.01 0.11 1.15 Intentional Walk
6 1 1946-10-11 WS 5 Rudy York BOS STL Al Brazle ahead 0-1 b1 -23 1   0 0.01 0.17 1.30 Intentional Walk
7 1 1951-10-10 WS 6 Joe DiMaggio NYY NYG Dave Koslo tied 0-0 b1 -23 1   0 0.01 0.17 1.48 Intentional Walk
8 1 1953-10-03 WS 4 Roy Campanella BRO NYY Whitey Ford ahead 0-1 b1 -2- 2   0 0.01 0.12 .99 Intentional Walk
9 1 1953-10-05 WS 6 Mickey Mantle NYY BRO Carl Erskine ahead 0-1 b1 -23 1   0 0.01 0.17 1.30 Intentional Walk
10 1 1957-10-10 WS 7 Yogi Berra NYY MLN Lew Burdette tied 0-0 b1 -2- 2   0 0.01 0.11 1.16 Intentional Walk
11 1 1958-10-02 WS 2 Mickey Mantle NYY @MLN Lew Burdette tied 0-0 t1 -23 0   0 0.03 0.35 1.53 Intentional Walk
12 1 1958-10-09 WS 7 Eddie Mathews MLN NYY Don Larsen ahead 0-1 b1 -23 2   0 0.01 0.17 1.71 Intentional Walk
13 1 1959-10-04 WS 3 Ted Kluszewski CHW @LAD Don Drysdale tied 0-0 t1 -23 1   0 0.01 0.17 1.46 Intentional Walk
14 1 1959-10-05 WS 4 Ted Kluszewski CHW @LAD Roger Craig tied 0-0 t1 -23 1   0 0.01 0.17 1.46 Intentional Walk
15 1 1960-10-09 WS 4 Mickey Mantle NYY PIT Vern Law tied 0-0 b1 -23 1   0 0.01 0.16 1.57 Intentional Walk
16 1 1960-10-10 WS 5 Mickey Mantle NYY PIT Harvey Haddix tied 0-0 b1 -2- 2   0 0.01 0.11 1.16 Intentional Walk
17 1 1969-10-06 ALCS 3 Harmon Killebrew MIN BAL Jim Palmer tied 0-0 b1 --3 2   0 0.01 0.13 1.35 Intentional Walk
18 1 1971-10-03 NLCS 2 Willie McCovey SFG PIT Dock Ellis ahead 0-1 b1 -2- 1   0 0.01 0.21 1.08 Intentional Walk
19 1 1971-10-13 WS 4 Frank Robinson BAL @PIT Luke Walker ahead 0-1 t1 -23 0   0 0.02 0.35 1.32 Intentional Walk
20 1 1973-10-10 NLCS 5 Johnny Bench CIN @NYM Tom Seaver tied 0-0 t1 -23 2   0 0.01 0.17 2.01 Intentional Walk
21 1 1973-10-14 WS 2 Ray Fosse OAK NYM Jerry Koosman ahead 0-2 b1 -23 2   0 0.01 0.17 1.35 Intentional Walk
22 1 1978-10-15 WS 5 Reggie Jackson NYY LAD Burt Hooton down 1-0 b1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.16 1.72 Intentional Walk
23 1 1985-10-12 ALCS 4 George Brett KCR TOR Dave Stieb tied 0-0 b1 -2- 1 5 (3-1) 0 0.02 0.23 1.20 Intentional Walk
24 1 1985-10-12 NLCS 3 Pedro Guerrero LAD @STL Danny Cox tied 0-0 t1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.16 1.60 Intentional Walk
25 2 1985-10-12 NLCS 3 Andy Van Slyke STL LAD Bob Welch ahead 0-1 b1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.16 1.34 Intentional Walk
26 3 1985-10-12 NLCS 3 Darrell Porter STL LAD Bob Welch ahead 0-2 b1 -23 2 5 (3-1) 0 0.01 0.17 1.35 Intentional Walk
27 1 1985-10-22 WS 3 George Brett KCR @STL Joaquin Andujar tied 0-0 t1 -2- 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.02 0.22 1.25 Intentional Walk
28 1 1989-10-07 NLCS 3 Kevin Mitchell SFG CHC Rick Sutcliffe down 2-0 b1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.02 0.16 1.83 Intentional Walk
29 2 1989-10-07 NLCS 3 Terry Kennedy SFG CHC Rick Sutcliffe down 2-1 b1 -23 2 4 (3-0) 0 0.02 0.17 2.22 Intentional Walk
30 1 1990-10-05 NLCS 2 Hal Morris CIN PIT Doug Drabek ahead 0-1 b1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.17 1.29 Intentional Walk
31 1 1990-10-20 WS 4 Harold Baines OAK CIN Jose Rijo tied 0-0 b1 -2- 2 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.11 1.16 Intentional Walk
32 1 1992-10-14 NLCS 7 Barry Bonds PIT @ATL John Smoltz tied 0-0 t1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.16 1.59 Intentional Walk
33 1 1995-10-11 ALCS 2 Edgar Martinez SEA CLE Orel Hershiser tied 0-0 b1 -2- 2 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.12 1.09 Intentional Walk
34 1 1996-10-05 ALDS 4 Albert Belle CLE BAL David Wells tied 0-0 b1 -2- 2 5 (3-1) 0 0.01 0.13 1.08 Intentional Walk
35 1 1997-10-14 NLCS 6 Moises Alou FLA @ATL Tom Glavine ahead 0-2 t1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.17 1.12 Intentional Walk
36 1 2000-10-03 NLDS 1 Carlos Hernandez STL ATL Greg Maddux ahead 0-3 b1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.00 0.17 .80 Intentional Walk
37 1 2001-10-13 ALDS 3 Edgar Martinez SEA @CLE CC Sabathia tied 0-0 t1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.17 1.42 Intentional Walk
38 1 2002-10-05 NLDS 3 Chipper Jones ATL @SFG Jason Schmidt tied 0-0 t1 -2- 2 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.11 1.14 Intentional Walk
39 2 2002-10-05 NLDS 3 Barry Bonds SFG ATL Greg Maddux ahead 0-1 b1 -2- 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.02 0.22 1.06 Intentional Walk
40 1 2002-10-06 NLDS 4 Reggie Sanders SFG ATL Tom Glavine ahead 0-2 b1 -2- 2 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.11 .82 Intentional Walk
41 1 2002-10-22 WS 3 Barry Bonds SFG ANA Ramon Ortiz tied 0-0 b1 1-3 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.03 0.38 1.87 Intentional Walk; Kent to 2B
42 1 2002-10-23 WS 4 Barry Bonds SFG ANA John Lackey tied 0-0 b1 1-3 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.03 0.38 1.87 Intentional Walk; Aurilia to 2B
43 1 2002-10-24 WS 5 Reggie Sanders SFG ANA Jarrod Washburn ahead 0-2 b1 -2- 2 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.11 .82 Intentional Walk
44 1 2002-10-26 WS 6 Barry Bonds SFG @ANA Kevin Appier tied 0-0 t1 1-- 2 4 (3-0) 0 0.02 0.21 .79 Intentional Walk; Kent to 2B
45 1 2003-09-30 NLDS 1 Sammy Sosa CHC @ATL Russ Ortiz tied 0-0 t1 -2- 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.02 0.24 1.19 Intentional Walk
46 1 2003-09-30 NLDS 1 Barry Bonds SFG FLA Josh Beckett tied 0-0 b1 -2- 2 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.12 1.13 Intentional Walk
47 1 2005-10-06 NLDS 2 Orlando Palmeiro HOU @ATL John Smoltz ahead 0-1 t1 -23 2 7 (3-2) 0 0.01 0.17 1.75 Intentional Walk
48 1 2005-10-08 NLDS 3 Mike Lamb HOU ATL Jorge Sosa ahead 0-1 b1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.17 1.27 Intentional Walk
49 1 2006-10-07 NLDS 3 Jim Edmonds STL SDP Chris Young tied 0-0 b1 -2- 2 5 (3-1) 0 0.01 0.12 1.12 Intentional Walk
50 1 2008-10-02 NLDS 2 Prince Fielder MIL @PHI Brett Myers tied 0-0 t1 -23 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.17 1.46 Intentional Walk
51 1 2008-10-13 NLCS 4 Manny Ramirez LAD PHI Joe Blanton down 2-0 b1 -2- 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.02 0.23 1.26 Intentional Walk
52 1 2009-10-07 NLDS 1 Albert Pujols STL @LAD Randy Wolf tied 0-0 t1 -23 0 4 (3-0) 0 0.03 0.35 1.48 Intentional Walk
53 1 2009-11-01 WS 4 Jayson Werth PHI NYY CC Sabathia down 2-1 b1 -2- 2 5 (3-1) 0 0.01 0.12 1.18 Intentional Walk
54 1 2011-10-04 ALDS 4 Miguel Cabrera DET NYY A.J. Burnett tied 0-0 b1 --3 2 4 (3-0) 0 0.01 0.14 1.32 Intentional Walk
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Generated 10/5/2011.

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22 Responses to “1st Inning Post-Season Intentional Walks”

  1. Only three times has there been a man on first, and there was in intentional walk anyway (twice first and third, once just first). All three times, the walker was Barry Bonds.

  2. Five times it happened in Game 1 of a seven game series. Now, that's managing...or, is it over managing?

  3. Reggie Sanders getting more respect than Reggie Jackson.

  4. More interested to know if it worked! it did last night, and I think it did in Game 4 of the 2009 WS.

  5. advancing a runner in a scoreless game... wow. Fear the Barry.

  6. A lot of the Bonds intentional walks started as attempts to get him out on the edges, having no chance of getting a borderline call on a good pitch, running it to 2-0 or 3-0, and then just giving up and walking him. I'd be curious how many of these IBB were "four wide ones", and how many were "the count favours him, so just give up". I assume the IBBs with runners on first were like this, but maybe not.

  7. I don't think it's happened in the postseason, but there have been intentional walks with the bases loaded, perhaps with Babe Ruth at bat.

  8. @7

    Buck Schowalter had the DBacks do it to Barry Bonds in a game in 1998.

  9. Richard Chester Says:

    @7

    I have read of three occasions of intentional walks with the bases loaded, all not in post-season. Once to Nap LaJoie, once to Mel Ott and once to Phil Cavaretta. The one to Mel Ott was not out of respect. In their last game of the 1929 season Phillies pitchers walked Ott on purpose 5 times so as to deny him a chance to overtake Chuck Klein for the HR title. One of those at-bats was with the bases loaded.

  10. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @7/ Stu B - "I don't think it's happened in the postseason, but there have been intentional walks with the bases loaded, perhaps with Babe."

    It's been discussed here at B-R before, I don't recall all the details but Ruth was not one of the names.

    This is from the Baseball Almanac, research by Bill Deane and Everett Parker:

    "Abner Dalrymple, August 2, 1881 - the Bisons were were down 5-0 versus the White Stockings in the eighth inning. The "Chicago Tribune" described the moment with, "In the eighth the bases were filled, and nobody out, on successive hits by (Fred) Goldsmith, (Silver) Flint, and (Joe) Quest, and (Jack) Lynch was so afraid of Dalrymple that he gave him his base on balls and brought Goldsmith in with the gift." Another Tribune quote which described the moment said, "At one time, when the bases were full, Lynch deliberately sent in seven balls rather than take the chances of a hit by Dalrymple, who was at bat, and in this way forced a run upon Chicago."

    Napoleon Lajoie, May 23, 1901 - the Athletics were batting against the White Sox in the top of the ninth inning. They were down, 11-7, but had the bases loaded and none out with Lajoie - on his way to a Triple Crown - up. Manager Clark Griffith inserted himself as relief pitcher and "calmly sent four wide ones across" to deliberately force in a run, bringing future home run champs Socks Seybold and Harry Davis up with the bases still full. Griffith then disposed of Seybold, Davis, and Morgan Murphy on infield grounders, saving the 11-9 win.

    Del Bissonette, May 2, 1928 - the Giants led the Dodgers, 2-0, in the top of the ninth, but Brooklyn loaded the bases with two out. Giants' manager John McGraw then ordered pitcher Larry Benton to walk Bissonette, in his 16th major league game, purposely ending the shutout. Benton then struck out Harry Riconda to end the game.

    Bill Nicholson, July 23, 1944 (2nd game) - The Giants led the Cubs, 10-7, in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded, none out, and Nicholson - who had homered four times already that day - at the plate. Giants' manager Mel Ott (who was probably sitting next to McGraw when he ordered it done on May 2, 1928) ordered Ewald Pyle to walk Nicholson, bringing up Dom Dallessandro, Andy Pafko, and Don Johnson. The Cubs tied the game up by the time the inning was over, but New York went on to win, 12-10.

    Barry Bonds, May 28, 1998 - The Diamondbacks led the Giants, 8-6 in the bottom of the ninth, with two out, the bases loaded, and Barry Bonds up. Arizona manager Buck Showalter ordered Gregg Olson to issue the IBB, putting the tying run on third and the winning run on second. Brent Mayne then lined out to end the game.

    Josh Hamilton, August 17, 2008 - Bottom of the ninth, Rangers trailing by five with the bottom third of their batting order due up. Six batters later, Texas had scored one, recorded two outs, but had the bases loaded with Josh Hamilton stepping to the plate. Tampa Bay Rays' manager Joe Maddon told Grant Balfour to intentionally walk Hamilton, not only forcing in a run, but bringing the winning run, Marlon Byrd, to the plate"

    The wonders of Google and "cut-and-paste"...

  11. Richard Chester Says:

    @9

    It was Bill Nicholson, not Cavaretta who got the intentional walk as stated in post 10. I frequently get them confused.

    Mel Ott's intentional walk was on this date in 1929. You can get details in the Today in Baseball History column

  12. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @9, @11/ Richard Chester - also, Klein had broken Roger Hornsby's NL-record of 42 HR, set in 1922.

    I didn't realize one of those walks to Ott was with the bases loaded. I wonder if that broke an "Unwritten Rule", or if that (all the IBB) was controversial at the time?

  13. I'm not sure if this has ever happened, but I suppose it could happen that the pitcher begins to intentionally walk the batter with bases loaded but there's a wild pitch or passed ball and runners advance. The intentional walk ends up happening with runners on second and third, even though the decision to issue the IBB was made when the bases were loaded.

    There the similar case that's probably a lot more common - with bases loaded you throw a wild pitch/passed ball, then decide to issue an IBB since first base is now open. I'm guessing that's what happened for the IBB to Frank Robinson in that list.

    Is there any way to find out more information about the IBBs where pitcher had gotten some strikes in the count? The IBB to Jim Edmonds came after David Eckstein stole second, but I didn't see any other cases where the runners advanced during the at bat (I'm sure it happened more, I was only looking at counts with strikes and that's a short list because the data isn't complete). Did the batter swing at one of the intentional balls? Did the pitcher try pitching to the batter, give up a long fly foul ball, then decide to walk them?

  14. Richard Chester Says:

    @13

    If you click on the date of the Frank Robinson game you retrieve the box score and the play-by-play. It does show a passed ball with the bases loaded and a subsequent IBB for Robinson.

  15. Richard Chester Says:

    @13

    There are occasions, when a base is open, that the decision to walk the batter will come when the count reaches 3 balls. The intentional walk occurs on the last pitch regardless of whether or not the other pitches were intentionally thrown out of the strike zone or not.

  16. @9,11,12. Fitting w/ Hornsby. 1929 was his last great year and actually slugged higher than both Ott and Klein. He lead in slugging and OPS/OPS+ and had 400+ TB!

  17. Richard Chester Says:

    @12

    Hornsby's NL record of 250 hits was also broken that day by Lefty O'Doul.

  18. This isnt really about this subject but I remember watching a Jays game when John Olerud was tearing the league up, we was facing Denis Martinez, their was a runner on second with the jays down by 1 run. With firstbase open they pitched to Olerud. The first 2 pitches were right on the corners to make it 0-2. Martinez through 3 straight balls and then the catcher stood up and signaled for an intentional ball 4, Martinez came set at fired a fastball right down the pipe as the catcher sat down. Strike 3! Havent seen it happen since. Brilliant and risky

  19. @18: Perhaps the baseball equivalent of the fake QB spike in football a la Dan Marino vs the Jets.

  20. Johnny Twisto Says:

    The Reds did that in a '70s World Series game vs the A's, I think. Never heard about it happening to Olerud -- on a 3-2 count, no less? I need to do a Tracer search on this one.

  21. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Martinez only struck out Olerud once. It was on 7/30/96. There was a runner on second, and the count was 3-2. Toronto was actually up by 2, however. And Olerud was not having an especially good season, batting 6th. It's hard to believe CLE would pretend to IBB in that situation.

    BUT....it looks like you're right! The full articles aren't readable, but the blurbs show that it did happen.
    http://snipurl.com/10x5zt

  22. @20 I think it was the other way around - Rollie Fingers did that to Johnny Bench in the 1972 world series. Not that you could tell from the play-by-play, but it was the at bat in the top of the 8th: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK197210180.shtml