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Post-Season Game 6 Or Later, Home Team RBI In 8th & 9th Inning

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 28, 2011

According to my rough scan, last night was only the third time in basebal history where we had a post-season Game 6 or later where the home team drove in runs in both the bottom of the 8th and 9th innings:

Date Series Gm# Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score   Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) RBI WPA RE24 LI Play Description
1960-10-13 WS 7 Dick Groat PIT NYY Bobby Shantz down 7-4 1B b8 12- 0 3 (1-1) 1 0.14 1.00 3.23 Single to LF (Ground Ball thru SS-3B Hole); Cimoli Scores; Virdon to 2B
1960-10-13 WS 7 Roberto Clemente PIT NYY Jim Coates down 7-5 1B b8 -23 2 5 (1-2) 1 0.10 0.90 4.17 Single to 1B (Ground Ball to Weak 2B-1B); Virdon Scores; Groat to 3B
1960-10-13 WS 7 Hal Smith PIT NYY Jim Coates down 7-6 HR b8 1-3 2 5 (2-2) 3 0.64 2.62 5.14 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Groat Scores; Clemente Scores
1960-10-13 WS 7 Bill Mazeroski PIT NYY Ralph Terry tied 9-9 HR b9 --- 0 2 (1-0) 1 0.37 1.00 2.23 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF)
1964-10-14 WS 6 Bill White STL NYY Jim Bouton down 8-1 Out b8 -23 0   1 -0.01 -0.04 .36 Groundout: 1B-P; Flood Scores; Brock to 3B
1964-10-14 WS 6 Bob Skinner STL NYY Steve Hamilton down 8-2 1B b9 1-3 1   1 0.01 0.73 .21 Single to CF; Shannon Scores; Buchek to 2B
2011-10-27 WS 6 Allen Craig STL TEX Derek Holland down 7-4 HR b8 --- 1 2 (0-1) 1 0.06 1.00 .56 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF)
2011-10-27 WS 6 David Freese STL TEX Neftali Feliz down 7-5 3B b9 12- 2 4 (1-2) 2 0.54 1.93 3.34 Triple to RF (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Pujols Scores; Berkman Scores
2011-10-27 WS 6 Ryan Theriot STL TEX Scott Feldman down 9-7 Out b10 -23 1 5 (1-2) 1 -0.14 -0.04 4.67 Groundout: 3B-1B (Weak 3B); Descalso Scores
2011-10-27 WS 6 Lance Berkman STL TEX Scott Feldman down 9-8 1B b10 12- 2 5 (2-2) 1 0.47 1.06 6.44 Single to CF (Line Drive); Jay Scores; Pujols to 3B
2011-10-27 WS 6 David Freese STL TEX Mark Lowe tied 9-9 HR b11 --- 0 6 (3-2) 1 0.38 1.00 2.19 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/28/2011.

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Of course, the Cardinals, last night, scored in the bottom of the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th innings. What a game!

5 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

1st Inning HR By Visiting Players In Post-Season Sudden Death Games

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 7, 2011

File this under:  Taking the crowd out of it.  How many players have homered in the top of the 1st inning of sudden death post season games?  It's a small list:

Cr# Gm# Date Series Gm# Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) RBI WPA RE24 LI Play Description
1 1 1956-10-10 WS 7 Yogi Berra NYY @BRO Don Newcombe tied 0-0 t1 -2- 2   2 0.17 1.78 1.11 Home Run (Deep RF); Bauer Scores
2 1 1976-10-14 ALCS 5 John Mayberry KCR @NYY Ed Figueroa tied 0-0 t1 -2- 2   2 0.19 1.79 1.16 Home Run; Brett Scores
3 1 1984-10-07 NLCS 5 Leon Durham CHC @SDP Eric Show tied 0-0 t1 -2- 2 5 (3-1) 2 0.19 1.79 1.15 Home Run; Matthews Scores
4 1 1991-10-17 NLCS 7 Brian Hunter ATL @PIT John Smiley ahead 0-1 t1 1-- 2 1 (0-0) 2 0.18 1.88 .71 Home Run (Line Drive to Deep LF Line); Pendleton Scores
5 1 1999-10-11 ALDS 5 Nomar Garciaparra BOS @CLE Charles Nagy tied 0-0 t1 1-- 2   2 0.16 1.86 .79 Home Run; Daubach Scores
6 1 2003-10-15 NLCS 7 Miguel Cabrera FLA @CHC Kerry Wood tied 0-0 t1 1-3 1 5 (1-2) 3 0.18 2.07 1.76 Home Run (Fly Ball); Pierre Scores; Rodriguez Scores
7 1 2004-10-20 ALCS 7 David Ortiz BOS @NYY Kevin Brown tied 0-0 t1 1-- 2 1 (0-0) 2 0.17 1.87 .79 Home Run (Fly Ball); Ramirez Scores
8 1 2004-10-21 NLCS 7 Craig Biggio HOU @STL Jeff Suppan tied 0-0 t1 --- 0 4 (1-2) 1 0.10 1.00 .87 *LEADOFF GM*:Home Run (Fly Ball)
9 1 2008-10-19 ALCS 7 Dustin Pedroia BOS @TBR Matt Garza tied 0-0 t1 --- 1 3 (1-1) 1 0.10 1.00 .63 Home Run (Line Drive)
10 1 2011-10-06 ALDS 5 Don Kelly DET @NYY Ivan Nova tied 0-0 t1 --- 1 2 (0-1) 1 0.09 1.00 .63 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF Line)
11 2 2011-10-06 ALDS 5 Delmon Young DET @NYY Ivan Nova ahead 0-1 t1 --- 1 1 (0-0) 1 0.09 1.00 .58 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF Line)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/7/2011.

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Tigers are now the first team to have two guys do it in the same game.

22 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

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...

22 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

Post-Season Game 1 Grand Slams

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 2, 2011

How many times has a player hit a grand slam in the first game of a post-season series?

16 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

Game-Ending DPs That Went 8-2

Posted by Raphy on August 21, 2011

Today's Tigers-Indians game thrillingly ended when Austin Jackson threw out  Kosuke Fukudome at home plate for a game-ending double play.  The play was both exciting and rare.  Tyler Kepner of the New York Times put it best when he wrote:

I let out a “Wow!” Couldn’t help it. Not often do you see a game end on a double play from center field to the plate.

Since my mind is warped by thousands of PI searches, I immediately ran the batting event finder, and searched for game ending double plays to the center fielder,  eliminated the ones that did not end with the catcher and was left with this list. (This comes from the play-by play index which is complete since 1974 and  almost complete 1950-1973.)  Since there were no RBI's on any of these plays I included the responsible CF instead.

38 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

Bunting for the First Out of the Game

Posted by Raphy on August 16, 2011

Last night, with a runner on first and no outs in the top of the first inning, Derek Jeter came to the plate and promptly lay down a sacrifice bunt.  Now,  I can imagine that in certain environments such a play might be warranted. If Jeter was on a horrible offensive team, facing Sandy Koufax in his prime, with an equally impressive hurler going for Jeter's team and this could have been the one opportunity of the game for a run,  then  maybe, this play would have made sense .  However, with one of baseball's most prolific line-ups  facing a kid pitcher,  and a starter who hadn't won in over a month going for his own team, you have to wonder what he was thinking. What's even more amazing is that Jeter is not nearly alone.

32 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

Winning the Game with the Pitcher at the Plate

Posted by Raphy on August 11, 2011

When Jerry Meals called Julio Lugo safe at home in the 19th inning on July 27th, not only did it provide the Braves with a controversial win, it gave pitcher Scott Proctor a walk-off RBI. Proctor's was the first walk-off RBI by a player in the game as a pitcher since Randy Keisler in 2005 and only the second since 1994.  Since 1974,  8  pitchers have done better than Proctor  and ended a game with a walk-off hit. The PI database also shows 32 game ending hits for pitchers between 1950-1973 (1043 games from that time span are not included in the search; see here.)  As you would expect, a single is the most common of these. However, due to managerial strategies, the home run easily surpasses the double for second place. Here are the plays:

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Matt Lawton’s Walk-Off 2/3B

Posted by Raphy on August 10, 2011

I ran across this puzzling play description today:

Inn Score Out RoB R/O Batter Play Description
b10 4-5 0 12- RR M. Lawton Triple to RF (Line Drive to Deep RF); Meares Scores; Nixon Scores; Lawton to 2B
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Generated 8/10/2011.

So Lawton hit a walk-off triple and ended up on second base? Did he go back to second after touching third?

35 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

Back to Back Triples to Start a Game

Posted by Raphy on August 6, 2011

Earlier today, there was a discussion in the comments of another thread about  using the PI to find back to back triples to lead off a game. And while it is not possible to create a definitive list of such triples using PI, we can come really close. The key here is simply looking for triples by the #2 hitter in the first inning with a runner of third and no outs.  This search gives us a list of 40 events since 1950. From those events, we can eliminate those which started with a  non-triple and the runner advanced to third before the next batter tripled. This give us this list:

  1. Yr# Gm# Date Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) RBI WPA RE24 LI Play Description
    1 1 1954-06-15 Nellie Fox CHW PHA Marion Fricano down 2-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.10 1.00 1.21 Triple to RF; Carrasquel Scores
    2 1 1955-08-10 Enos Slaughter KCA CHW Harry Byrd tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.05 Triple to RF; Power Scores
    3 1 1957-08-03 Bob Boyd BAL KCA Ralph Terry down 1-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.11 1.00 1.25 Triple (CF-RF); Gardner Scores
    4 1 1960-09-04 Carroll Hardy BOS WSH Jack Kralick tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.05 Triple to RF; Green Scores
    5 1 1963-05-18 Jim Gilliam LAD PIT Vern Law down 1-0 b1 --3 0 1 (0-0) 1 0.12 1.00 1.30 Triple to RF (Line Drive); Oliver Scores
    6 1 1966-08-21 Russ Snyder BAL @DET Earl Wilson tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 1 0.10 1.00 1.15 Triple to RF; Aparicio Scores
    7 1 1969-05-21 Richie Hebner PIT @SDP Tommie Sisk tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 1 0.10 1.00 1.16 Triple; Alou Scores
    8 1 1969-09-08 Jesus Alou HOU SDP Mike Corkins tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.11 Triple; Morgan Scores
    9 1 1970-04-21 Glenn Beckert CHC STL Bob Gibson down 1-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.08 Triple to RF (Line Drive); Kessinger Scores
    10 1 1973-04-15 (2) Tito Fuentes SFG CIN Jim McGlothlin tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.07 Triple; Bonds Scores
    11 1 1973-05-19 Roger Metzger HOU SFG Jim Barr tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.10 Triple; Wynn Scores
    12 1 1973-08-20 Bert Campaneris OAK DET Jim Perry tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.10 Triple to RF; North Scores
    14 1 1974-09-06 Roger Metzger HOU SDP Dan Spillner tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.11 1.09 1.11 Triple to RF (Ground Ball); Gross Scores; Metzger Scores/Adv on E9/unER
    15 1 1976-05-14 Manny Sanguillen PIT LAD Tommy John tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.11 Triple to RF; Stennett Scores
    16 1 1976-07-21 Don Kessinger STL @LAD Don Sutton tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 1 0.10 1.00 1.16 Triple to LF; McBride Scores
    17 1 1977-05-14 Bill Almon SDP @PHI Jim Kaat tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.06 Triple to LF; Richards Scores
    18 1 1978-05-20 Bob Bailor TOR NYY Jim Beattie tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.08 Triple to RF; Bosetti Scores
    19 1 1978-07-27 Dave Bergman HOU NYM Tom Hausman tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.10 1.00 1.15 Triple to LF; Puhl Scores
    20 1 1979-05-21 George Brett KCR SEA Glenn Abbott tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.01 Triple to RF; Wilson Scores
    21 1 1979-07-06 Frank Taveras NYM SDP Randy Jones tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.10 Triple to LF; Youngblood Scores
    24 1 1980-06-16 Dwayne Murphy OAK @BOS Chuck Rainey tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.04 Triple to RF; Henderson Scores
    25 1 1980-08-03 (1) Ozzie Smith SDP @PIT Rick Rhoden tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 1 0.10 1.00 1.13 Triple to RF; Richards Scores
    28 1 1983-07-04 (2) Bryan Little MON @CHC Fergie Jenkins tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.11 Triple; Raines Scores
    29 1 1983-09-24 Butch Davis KCR MIN Frank Viola tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.09 1.00 1.05 Triple to RF; Wilson Scores
    31 1 1987-08-07 Tony Gwynn SDP HOU Mike Scott down 1-0 b1 --3 0 1 0.10 1.00 1.18 Triple to CF; Jefferson Scores
    32 1 1988-09-29 Mitch Webster CHC @MON Bryn Smith tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 1 (0-0) 1 0.10 1.00 1.15 Triple to RF (Ground Ball); Dunston Scores
    35 1 1999-04-11 Mark McLemore TEX ANA Tim Belcher tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 3 (1-1) 1 0.08 1.00 .91 Triple to RF (Ground Ball); Goodwin Scores
    36 1 2000-05-10 Craig Biggio HOU COL Masato Yoshii tied 0-0 b1 --3 0 3 (1-1) 1 0.08 1.00 .93 Triple (Line Drive to Deep CF-RF); Cedeno Scores
    38 1 2004-05-14 Chone Figgins ANA @BAL Kurt Ainsworth tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 4 (1-2) 1 0.09 1.00 1.02 Triple to CF (Fly Ball to Deep CF); Eckstein Scores
    39 1 2005-07-07 Julio Lugo TBD DET Sean Douglass down 3-0 b1 --3 0 3 (0-2) 1 0.09 1.00 1.12 Triple to CF (Fly Ball to Deep CF); Crawford Scores
    40 1 2011-08-05 Brennan Boesch DET @KCR Felipe Paulino tied 0-0 t1 --3 0 4 (2-1) 1 0.09 1.00 1.11 Triple to 1B (Line Drive to Deep RF Line); Jackson Scores
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/6/2011.

We also need to figure out if there are any games in which the lead-off hitter tripled and then scored before the #2 hitter tripled. This is as easy as the first step.  We can search for triples by the #2 hitter with no outs and no one on in the first inning and then manually check the results for games with lead-off triples. You can find the list here, but every game listed involves triples preceded by home runs.
The last thing we would  need to figure out is if there are any games in which the lead-off hitter tripled and then was out on the bases before the #2 hitter  tripled. I can't think of any way of doing this with the PI, but if such a game exists it is probably unique.
Please note that this post utilizes the PI event finder which is complete since 1973, but only mostly complete from 1950-1972.

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Some Run Scoring Plays Ending Long Games Since 2007

Posted by Steve Lombardi on July 27, 2011

In honor of last night's Pirates/Braves game, here's a list to play with today.

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