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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Orioles beat Mariners in 18 innings to gain tie for first place

Well that was just an amazing and exhausting and, yes, very important Orioles win.

In a game that ended at 3:54 a.m. EST, the Orioles beat the Mariners 4-2 in 18 innings. With the win, the Orioles improved to 84-64 and moved into a first-place tie with the Yankees and within a half-game of Oakland for the top AL wild card spot.

In the top of the 18th, Nate McLouth led off with a walk and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by J.J. Hardy. The O’s moved ahead 3-2 when pinch-hitter Taylor Teagarden singled to right and it became 4-2 on a Mark Reynolds RBI groundout.

...By the way, this was the Orioles’ 14th straight extra-innings win.

The time of game was 5 hours, 44 minutes, and it was the longest game of the year for the O’s by innings, one frame longer than May 6 in Boston.

An exhausting night and morning of Orioles baseball ends in a crucial win, one that moves the club back into first place and keeps them three games ahead of the Angels for the second wild card spot.

Thanks to Joey V.

Repoz Posted: September 19, 2012 at 05:33 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Nasty Nate Posted: September 19, 2012 at 08:49 AM (#4239884)
...By the way, this was the Orioles’ 14th straight extra-innings win.


There is literally nothing the Orioles can do to make Keith Law think they are good at winning extra-inning games.
   2. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 19, 2012 at 08:56 AM (#4239890)
There is literally nothing the Orioles can do to make Keith Law think they are good at winning extra-inning games.


Hell, they won this game without even using Chris Davis in relief. What more does Keith want?
   3. DKDC Posted: September 19, 2012 at 09:15 AM (#4239900)
Those two extra-inning losses before the 14 in a row were total heart-breakers, though.

They were hosting the Yankees in the second series of the season, and after dropping the opener, they lost back-to-back extra inning games to get swept.
   4. Chris Fluit Posted: September 19, 2012 at 09:33 AM (#4239914)
Has a team ever won a 17-inning and an 18-inning game in the same season before now?
   5. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM (#4239949)
According to BBRef this is the 15th time a team has won at least two games of 17 or more innings in a single season since 1918. 3 of them were both 17 inning games, the other 12 were had at least one game of 17 and 18 innings. The only team to do it exactly like the Orioles and win a 17 and an 18 inning game was the 1972 Pirates.
   6. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM (#4239952)
A bird #### on Tommy Hunter's cap in the 16th inning. Hunter eventually got the win.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4239981)
THEY'RE STILL NOT GOOD!
   8. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM (#4239989)
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!?
   9. Chris Fluit Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4240017)
Thanks, Jose. If you don't mind, who were the 13 other teams (besides this year's Orioles and the '72 Pirates)?
   10. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM (#4240024)
Chris - Here is the BBRef report. And the list itself;

Rk  Tm  Year  IP  H
1  WSA  1967  42.0  32
2  STL  1974  42.0  26
3  PIT  1972  35.0  16
4  OAK  1971  41.0  27
5  NYY  1967  38.0  32
6  NYM  1985  37.0  36
7  NYG  1920  34.0  25
8  MIN  1969  36.0  36
9  HOU  1980  37.0  24
10  CIN  1972  36.0  23
11  CHW  1959  34.0  23
12  CHC  1927  40.0  26
13  BAL  1974  34.0  22
14  BAL  2012  35.0  28
15  ATL  1988  36.0  32 
   11. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM (#4240038)
The orioles have played six full games worth of extra innings this year. Is that close to a record?
   12. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM (#4240044)
They won despite their #4-8 hitters going 1-for-36 with 1 BB.
   13. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4240051)
According to BBRef they aren't even in the same hemisphere as a record. Another report.

I did the search of games with at least 28 outs recorded by the pitching staff so I would have missed any games played where the team lost before recording an out in the bottom of the 10th. Anyway, the Orioles have played 16 extra inning games and pitched 199 innings in those games. By comparison 148 teams played 21 or more games with the 1943 Red Sox the easy leaders with 31 extra inning games pitching 346.1 innings in those games.

In fact there was something in the air in 1943. Of the 17 teams that have played at least 26 extra inning games in a season 4 of them were in that year alone including both Boston teams, Cleveland and the Browns. Extend that list one game further to 25 or more extra inning games and you can add the Yankees who played 25 that year. So whatever the hell happened in 1943 5 of the 16 teams played a LOT of extra inning games.

(all of this is data from 1918, that's what BBRef has).
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM (#4240062)
In fact there was something in the air in 1943. Of the 17 teams that have played at least 26 extra inning games in a season 4 of them were in that year alone including both Boston teams, Cleveland and the Browns. Extend that list one game further to 25 or more extra inning games and you can add the Yankees who played 25 that year. So whatever the hell happened in 1943 5 of the 16 teams played a LOT of extra inning games.


That kind of makes sense (at least for four of them). You've only got an 8-team league, so if one team (the Red Sox) are playing an enormous number of extra inning games, that's a lot of extra inning affairs for the other 7 to share.

Doesn't help explain what was in the Bees' bonnet.
   15. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM (#4240070)
Is there a way to sort that list by the number of extra innings played?
   16. JJ1986 Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4240085)
Is there a way to sort that list by the number of extra innings played?


Assuming each game was 9 innings, I get the 1918 Senators with 79 extra played, the 1969 Twins with 72, the 1943 Indians with 69 and then a bunch of teams in the mid-60s.
   17. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 19, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4240143)
Does no one think that the bird shitting on the cap of the pitcher who eventually won the game is interesting/amusing/Sign of Destiny?

Or has no one heard of it being lucky if a bird shits on you? I took an informal survey in the office. Four people were aware of the superstition, three people were not.

Whatever, I thought it was really neat.
   18. bookbook Posted: September 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4240171)
It helps that Eric Wedge's entire reason for being is to give away strategic advantages at every opportunity.
   19. Olaf Posted: September 19, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4240379)
Does no one think that the bird shitting on the cap of the pitcher who eventually won the game is interesting/amusing/Sign of Destiny?

In MLB I think this only applies if it happens to a bird team while they're playing another bird team--which for the Orioles would mean either Cardinals, Blue Jays or Red Sox (now that they have that guy Middlefinger playing third for them).

Can't really say that the M's are (any longer, at least) a team that's "for the birds," either--they're too respectably mediocre for that, at least this year. Would probably work with the Astros, though.

Back in the late 70s, of course, the Tigers would also have counted...
   20. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: September 19, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4240404)
This game ended about half an hour before I got up this morning.

It took 18 innings, lasted 5:44, and ended at 3:55am EDT. At that rate:

If it had lasted 26 innings (tying MLB record), it would have gone 8:16 and ended at 6:27am Eastern.

If it had lasted 33 innings (tying minor-league record), it would have gone 10:31 and ended at 8:42am Eastern.

If it had lasted 60 innings, it would still be going now, as I type this.
   21. birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: September 19, 2012 at 05:21 PM (#4240409)
Watching the Mariner's bunt was fun.
   22. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: September 19, 2012 at 06:05 PM (#4240446)
In fact there was something in the air in 1943. Of the 17 teams that have played at least 26 extra inning games in a season 4 of them were in that year alone including both Boston teams, Cleveland and the Browns. Extend that list one game further to 25 or more extra inning games and you can add the Yankees who played 25 that year. So whatever the hell happened in 1943 5 of the 16 teams played a LOT of extra inning games.


1943 was the year they used the "balata" ball because of wartime rubber shortages. It was a drag on the offense. Lower run scoring means that extra inning games last longer. I'm sure that's part of the reason.
   23. rlc Posted: September 19, 2012 at 09:15 PM (#4240627)
Does no one think that the bird shitting on the cap of the pitcher who eventually won the game is interesting/amusing/Sign of Destiny?

Or has no one heard of it being lucky if a bird shits on you? I took an informal survey in the office. Four people were aware of the superstition, three people were not.

When the seagull #### on my leg in the tenth, I was convinced the O's were going to win; I didn't realize it would take 8 more innings to play out. Had I known that the Oriole hat was a faster-acting target, I would have tried to entice one of the flockers back for Bombing Run Number Two.

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