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Regular Season Walk-Off HR Vs. Mo Rivera

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 19, 2009

On September 18, 2009, Ichiro Suzuki joined Marco Scutaro, Bill Mueller, and Bill Selby as the only batters to hit a regular season, bottom of the 9th inning, walk-off homerun off against Mo Rivera.

Vernon Wells also hit a walk-off homer against Rivera – but it was in the 11th inning of a tie game. Suzuki, Scutaro, Mueller and Selby all did it in the ninth, with their team trailing.

Suzuki, Scutaro, and Selby all did it after two-outs. Mueller did it after one out.

How do I know this? Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitcher Events Finder for Mariano Rivera - looking at all "Homerun" events for Rivera and setting the filter for "Away Games", and "as last play of game." Here's the results - showing the batters to do it before Ichiro:

2002
  Car#  Yr#  G# Date          Tm   Opp Batter            Score       Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit  R Play Desc.
+-----+----+---+-------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----------------------+
    1    1   1 2002-07-14    NYY @CLE Bill Selby        ahead  7-6  b 9 123   2 2-2   6  4 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run; Vizquel Scores; Burks Scores; Thome Scores

2004
  Car#  Yr#  G# Date          Tm   Opp Batter            Score       Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit  R Play Desc.
+-----+----+---+-------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----------------------+
    2    1   1 2004-07-24    NYY @BOS Bill Mueller      ahead 10-9  b 9 1--   1 3-1   5  2 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball); McCarty Scores

2006
  Car#  Yr#  G# Date          Tm   Opp Batter            Score       Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit  R Play Desc.
+-----+----+---+-------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----------------------+
    3    1   1 2006-07-20    NYY @TOR Vernon Wells      tied   4-4  b11 ---   1 1-0   2  1 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF)

2007
  Car#  Yr#  G# Date          Tm   Opp Batter            Score       Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit  R Play Desc.
+-----+----+---+-------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----------------------+
    4    1   1 2007-04-15    NYY @OAK Marco Scutaro     ahead  4-2  b 9 12-   2 0-2   3  3 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF Line); Walker Scores; Kendall Scores

Again, Suzuki, Scutaro, and Selby all did it after two-outs. How's that for a trivia question: Name the only three batters to hit a regular season 2-out walk-off homer against Mo Rivera...whose last names all start with "S."

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One Response to “Regular Season Walk-Off HR Vs. Mo Rivera”

  1. Not sure you need to set it to away games...if it were home games, they wouldn't be the last play of the game. You could do last play of game and go-ahead.