May 15, 2007

More Comeback Fun

Mike Carminati (Mike's Baseball Rants) on Sunday six-run comeback victory:
It was just the ninth time in baseball history that a team trailing in the ninth by at least five runs came back to win the game. The last time it happened was April 29, 1979, when the visiting Cubs scored six runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Braves, 6-5. ...

The last time a home team overcame a five-run deficit in the ninth was July 24, 1978 when the Astros beat the Expos, 6-5 with all their runs coming in the ninth. ...

Here are the greatest ninth-inning comebacks from a previously scoreless home team. The Red Sox's was just the sixth comeback of five or more:
Date        Visiting   Home      Trailed  Won 
1947-08-22 Senators Tigers 0-6 7-6
2007-05-13 Orioles Red Sox 0-5 6-5
1978-07-24 Expos Astros 0-5 6-5
1960-04-17 Reds Pirates 0-5 6-5
1931-05-30 Athletics Red Sox 0-5 6-5
1911-06-01 Reds Cardinals 0-5 6-5
That 1931 Red Sox win was in the second game of a doubleheader. In Game 1, Philadelphia scored five times in the top of the 12th, breaking a 0-0 tie and winning 5-0.

8 comments:

Jason said...

I think he forgets This game.

My brother and I were at both that one and this Sunday's. I'm not quite sure which was the more exciting comeback.

redsock said...

The table refers to only games in which the home team had zero runs entering the ninth, so that Fenway game (that year's home opener!) may be one of the nine he mentioned at the top.

Losing pitcher in that game? Mike Timlin.

Jason said...

Ah. The first paragraph of the quote isn't exactly clear on that.

Jeremiah said...

I was gonna say, didn't the Pirates score something ridiculous like 12 to win in the bottom of the 9th over the Astros maybe five, six years ago?

L-girl said...

This also doesn't apply to this thinly sliced factoid, but remember this amazing comeback Cleveland made against Seattle? Apparently it has its own Wikipedia entry.

tim said...

eww look at the #2 hitter for seattle ....what a goof!

tim said...

This also doesn't apply to this thinly sliced factoid, but remember this amazing comeback Cleveland made against Seattle? Apparently it has its own Wikipedia entry.

Back in the good ole days when seattle went to cleveland and actually played a game in the series?

Jere said...

Yeah, the guy says it's the ninth time there's been a 5 or more run comeback in the ninth, and then proceeds to give a list of about 30 of them. Which leaves off the Mo Vaughn game.