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‘Stall a little longer next time, Skip’

Posted by John Autin on October 24, 2011

Since 1974*, B-R's Event Index finds four World Series relievers who allowed a multi-run HR on their first pitch of the game:

Date 6 Series Gm# Pitcher Tm Opp Batter Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) R WPA RE24 LI Play Description
2011-10-23 WS 4 Mitchell Boggs STL @TEX Mike Napoli down 0-1 b6 12- 1 1 (0-0) 3 -0.17 -2.33 1.77 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF Line); Cruz Scores; Murphy Scores
2007-10-27 WS 3 Hideki Okajima BOS @COL Matt Holliday ahead 6-2 b7 1-3 0 1 (0-0) 3 -0.18 -1.65 2.14 Home Run (Fly Ball); Matsui Scores; Tulowitzki Scores
2005-10-23 WS 2 Chad Qualls HOU @CHW Paul Konerko ahead 4-2 b7 123 2 1 (0-0) 4 -0.58 -3.31 5.22 Home Run (Fly Ball); Uribe Scores; Iguchi Scores; Dye Scores
1987-10-24 WS 6 Ken Dayley STL @MIN Kent Hrbek down 5-6 b6 123 2 1 (0-0) 4 -0.22 -3.30 2.64 Home Run (Line Drive to Deep CF); Gagne Scores; Puckett Scores; Baylor Scores
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 10/24/2011.


* These 4 events are not presented as a comprehensive list. WS pitch-count data are not consistently available before 1974, and there are scattered outages even in the years when we should have them (e.g., 1999).

10 Responses to “‘Stall a little longer next time, Skip’”

  1. Doug Says:

    Not often TLR gets criticized for staying too long with a pitcher, but that shoe fits for yesterday's game.

  2. Malcolm Says:

    I am doing a project on the number 12. I was wondering if I could get a list of all the players who have worn the number 12.

  3. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Kinda cool that Napoli hit his homer over the head of one of the players who had accomplished the feat before him (Holliday).

  4. John Says:

    Of course, it wasn't the World Series, but my favorite rude greeting to a reliever was Johnny Damon's grand slam off of Javier Vazquez's third pitch in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS.

  5. Jeff Says:

    How about 3rd time in WS history* that a pitcher has been brought on solely to issue an intentional walk?

  6. scott-53 Says:

    All 4 served up by the visiting team to the home team.

  7. maTt Says:

    That was pretty much my exact sarcastic response. More specifically, LaRussa should have ordered Edwin Jackson to throw over to first 3 or 4 times then go get him (would have been extremely amusing considering there was also a runner on 2nd at the time).

  8. Douglas Murphy Says:

    That's amazing to me that we don't have WS pitch data until 1974. But how are there outages in 1999? Someone has to know the exact pitch data right?

  9. John Autin Says:

    @8, Douglas -- I don't know what the story is with the 1999 postseason pitch data, but it's 100% missing. I'll bring it up to Sean & Neil.

  10. Jeff Says:

    Boy, Tony's got some fun things to discuss today. Things like, "Hey, Lilliquist, the phrase 'Get Motte up' does NOT sound like 'Do nothing, I'm gonna leave Rzepczynski in to face the hottest hitter in the game!'"