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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Phillies back Pedro, beat Mets on triple play

Oh, that Frenchy.

Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each hit a three- run homer in the first inning to support Pedro Martinez in his return to Flushing and help the Phillies to a 9-7 win over the Mets that ended on an unassisted triple play.

Martinez made his first-ever start at Citi Field and first against the Mets since playing for New York from 2005-08. The right-hander went 32-23 with a 3.88 earned run average in his four seasons with New York but struggled in 2008, going 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA.

...Lidge then faced Jeff Francoeur, who smashed a liner up the middle as the runners were going. However, Bruntlett was right there to spear the liner, and he stepped on second base to get Castillo out. Bruntlett then tagged Murphy out to complete the triple play, end the game, and give Lidge his 25th save in a truly unlikely way.

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2009 at 08:43 PM | 82 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. HGM Posted: August 23, 2009 at 08:56 PM (#3302746)
Way to go Frenchy!
   2. Lassus Posted: August 23, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3302749)
Just when you think the Mets cannot break your heart in any possible new way, they manage to reset the bar for you.
   3. Russlan is not Russian Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:00 PM (#3302750)
Way to go Frenchy!

If the runners aren't going, that's probably an RBI single. Not his fault.

Pedro didn't look sharp especially early on. He'll get his first real test in his next start against Atlanta.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:01 PM (#3302751)
For those of us whose hearts are shaped like a little beating Pedro Martinez, that preservation of win #216 was a thrill.
   5. Russlan is not Russian Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:03 PM (#3302755)
Pedro also tied Curt Schilling for career wins today.
   6. bobm Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:03 PM (#3302756)
Ollie stunk up the joint, but at least the time didn't quit after being down 6-0. Jerry Manuel is doing okay this year, but Wilpon ought to fire Omar and Jeffy for Ollie at 3/$36 million alone. No medals for Pedro either against this AAA/AAAA lineup.
   7. Tricky Dick Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:07 PM (#3302761)
If I recall, when Bruntlett was with the Astros, his nickname was "Superman" for his proclivity for clutch plays on defense. This certainly isn't the first time he has saved Lidge. When the Astros won the NLCS in 2005, Lidge was about to blow a save in the series with the bases loaded, 1 out, and a 1 run lead. Bruntlett started one of the most impressive double plays I have ever seen to end that game.
   8. Mike A Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3302764)
Heh, I posted this a week ago after Church struck out and fans were on him:

"I'm pretty confident Francoeur would have hit into a triple play somehow."
   9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3302765)
If I recall, when Bruntlett was with the Astros, his nickname was "Superman" for his proclivity for clutch plays on defense.

Which means the two crappy 9th-inning plays he made were a crafty set up! Just like when Superman tricked Zod into putting him inside the Kryptonian power-eraser chamber!
   10. HowardMegdal Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:22 PM (#3302773)
So does anyone have a theory why there have been a huge jump in unassisted triple plays?

1909-1927: 7 UTP
1928-1991: 1 UTP
1992-2009: 6 UTP

And three in the past three years.

My default is random chance, but curious if anyone has any other theories.
   11. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:25 PM (#3302776)
So does anyone have a theory why there have been a huge jump in unassisted triple plays?

1909-1927: 7 UTP
1928-1991: 1 UTP
1992-2009: 6 UTP

And three in the past three years.

My default is random chance, but curious if anyone has any other theories.


Steroids.
   12. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:29 PM (#3302777)
Baggy pants and dreadlocks.
   13. Cooperstown Schtick Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:32 PM (#3302781)
My guess, based on notably faulty intuition, would be that:

1909-1927: baserunners were going on the pitch more often
1928-1991: baserunners were not going on the pitch nearly as often
1992-2009: there are more hard lineouts than ever before and nobody knows how to run the bases anymore
   14. Harold Reynolds Number Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:37 PM (#3302786)
So does anyone have a theory why there have been a huge jump in unassisted triple plays?

1909-1927: 7 UTP
1928-1991: 1 UTP
1992-2009: 6 UTP

And three in the past three years.

My default is random chance, but curious if anyone has any other theories.


Candidate hypotheses (partial, of course):

-More teams so more games
-162 games rather than 154
-(I believe) higher OBP during the last 20 years than in much of the preceding 65

Cumulatively resulting in more 2-on no-out situations.

Also, I would think that the decline of the stolen base and (perhaps) longer PA's resulting in more situations where the hitter has a full count and runners are at first and second and running on the play.

The decline of the stolen base may also lead to (on average) slower/heavier baserunners which have more trouble changing directions, so they can't get back to their base or avoid the infielder's tag.
   15. RJ in TO Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:37 PM (#3302787)
1992-2009: there are more hard lineouts than ever before and nobody knows how to run the bases anymore


And there's been both better fielders, and a hell of a lot more baserunners lately.

Random chance is also a pretty good theory.
   16. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:41 PM (#3302793)
I was at this game, so I got to see it live. I'm very, very, very pleased about that. Super cool.
   17. Mac T Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:47 PM (#3302798)
There have been a lot more unassisted triple plays since Francoeur entered the league. This cannot be a coincidence!

Seriously, if you gave me one guess as to "Who hit into a game-ending unassisted triple play with the tying runs on base?" I'd immediately answer, "Francoeur". I mean, who else?
   18. Tricky Dick Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:48 PM (#3302801)
Wikipedia is already updated to reflect Bruntlett on the list of unassisted triple plays. I'm surprised.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unassisted_triple_play

All of the reasons cited in 13, 14, 15 seems like good possibilities. But I'll think I'll go with random chance.
   19. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:54 PM (#3302807)
If you want to talk about bad baserunners, how did two 1B turn unassisted triple plays?
   20. Esoteric Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:57 PM (#3302812)
The look on Jeff Francoeur's face during the replays of that triple play (as seen on Gameday) is priceless. Just priceless. I really actually feel sorry for him. He would likely have been the hero if the runners hadn't been going on the play.
   21. Ray (CTL) Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:58 PM (#3302813)
Retarded to send the runners in that situation.
   22. Ray (CTL) Posted: August 23, 2009 at 09:59 PM (#3302814)
The look on Jeff Francoeur's face during the replays of that triple play (as seen on Gameday) is priceless. Just priceless. I really actually feel sorry for him. He would likely have been the hero if the runners hadn't been going on the play.


No, actually, Bruntlett didn't move to the bag when the runners started going; he had positioned himself there and only moved to catch the ball after it was hit.
   23. Sweatpants Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:07 PM (#3302820)
Has anyone's reputation done a complete 180 as quickly as Francoeur's? He wasn't much different in 2006 and 2007 from what he's been in 2008 and 2009.

But in the former two years, he was a young clutchmaster prodigy. In the latter two, he's the guy who hits into a game-ending triple play only because there is no quadruple play.
   24. Lassus Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:10 PM (#3302823)
only because there is no quadruple play.

Don't give us any ideas. The Mets laugh at your substantive reality.
   25. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:10 PM (#3302826)
If you want to talk about bad baserunners, how did two 1B turn unassisted triple plays?


There were extenuating circumstances in first baseman Johnny Neun's triple play on May 31, 1927 - shortstop Jimmy Cooney had pulled one off the day before, and Neun read about it in the newspaper. He reportedly had a long discussion about the chances of pulling off such a play at breakfast before the game. When he caught a line drive with the runners on first and second going, he tagged the runner from first, and waved off the second baseman, running to second for the putout instead of throwing the ball, which would have been far easier. He had the unnassisted triple play in mind from the get-go, prompted by Cooney doing it the day before.
   26. mos def panel Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:17 PM (#3302839)
Why didn't Frenchy try to draw a walk?
   27. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:17 PM (#3302840)
Don't give us any ideas. The Mets laugh at your substantive reality.
Isn't there actually a way to record four outs in an inning?
   28. akrasian Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:25 PM (#3302845)
Isn't there actually a way to record four outs in an inning?

It can happen on an appeal play. Did in fact, earlier this year. Though not four outs on one play.
   29. Cooperstown Schtick Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:26 PM (#3302847)
Holy cow, this game also had an inside-the-park homer. What a show.

Second and third, no outs. Batter swings at strike three, ball gets away from catcher. Runner on third breaks for home, is tagged out by pitcher, while batter advances to first. Runner on second is thrown out trying for third, and batter is subsequently thrown out trying for second.

C'mon, Mets. You can do this.
   30. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:30 PM (#3302849)
It can happen on an appeal play. Did in fact, earlier this year. Though not four outs on one play.


I think that this is the play you're thinking of. The Diamondbacks should have appealed the runner at third, invoking the four out rule, but didn't do so, and the Dodgers run stood.

Still the Mariners managed to run into a triple play while never hitting the ball a few years ago. Runners on first and third, none out - batter strikes out, runner from first caught trying to steal second, runner from third caught trying to steal home...
   31. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:44 PM (#3302858)
You know, I don't really pay particular attention to the Mets, but as a disinterested observer even I have to say, wow, the Mets just keep coming up with amazing new ways to lose games.
   32. HowardMegdal Posted: August 23, 2009 at 10:48 PM (#3302860)
   33. Srul Itza At Home Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:00 PM (#3302869)
Leave us not forget that it was Ryan Church who helped cost a game by missing third base. After being traded for him, it was only appropriate that Francoeur find a way to top that.

Dropped fly balls. Missed bases. Unassisted Triple Plays.

How do the Mets top that? Because you know they will.
   34. flournoy Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:01 PM (#3302870)
I lined into a triple play once. It's an incredibly helpless feeling, but you can't help but laugh about it.
   35. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:12 PM (#3302874)
Howard's poem made me think, is that scored as a 4-4-4 Triple Play?
   36. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:29 PM (#3302884)
Howard's poem made me think, is that scored as a 4-4-4 Triple Play?


TP4U on my scorecard
   37. Metman died today. Or yesterday maybe, Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:35 PM (#3302887)
Oliver Perez almost couldnt possibly suck more than he does
   38. Alex_Lewis Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:40 PM (#3302892)
an unassisted quadruple play would be impossible, though I suppose it's not inconceivable that a pitcher could toss a K that gets away with men on second and third, tags a guy out going for home, somehow gets the man from second in a pickle play while the runner goes to third, and then covers second for the final out, the guy who reached on the uncaught K going for scoring position with two out. That'd be a hell of a play.
   39. PepTech Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:44 PM (#3302893)
Oliver Perez almost couldnt possibly suck more than he does


You just ensured he'll be traded for Carlos Silva.
   40. Tuque Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:49 PM (#3302895)
How do the Mets top that? Because you know they will.

Isn't there a movie where a guy scores a touchdown by shooting one of the opposing players? I imagine the Mets will have to lose in some sort of baseball equivalent.
   41. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:50 PM (#3302897)
Seriously, if you gave me one guess as to "Who hit into a game-ending unassisted triple play with the tying runs on base?" I'd immediately answer, "Francoeur". I mean, who else?

If it's in October, my money's on A-Roid.
   42. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 23, 2009 at 11:58 PM (#3302903)
Has anyone's reputation done a complete 180 as quickly as Francoeur's? He wasn't much different in 2006 and 2007 from what he's been in 2008 and 2009.

Not really. From 2005-2007 he put up a composite OPS+ of 100, with 100 RBIs twice to pretty it up. In 2008-2009 its 77. Big, big difference.
   43. Downtown Bookie Posted: August 24, 2009 at 12:04 AM (#3302906)
How do the Mets top that? Because you know they will.


I asked this question of myself after they lost to the Yankees on the Castillo dropped pop fly.

I refuse to contemplate this question ever again.

The possibilities are just too horrendous.

DB
   44. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: August 24, 2009 at 12:06 AM (#3302908)
There were extenuating circumstances in first baseman Johnny Neun's triple play on May 31, 1927 - shortstop Jimmy Cooney had pulled one off the day before, and Neun read about it in the newspaper.


This is just about my favourite Sports Illustrated article.
   45. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: August 24, 2009 at 12:08 AM (#3302910)
Dropped fly balls. Missed bases. Unassisted Triple Plays.

How do the Mets top that? Because you know they will.


The Aztec calendar (and thus the woirld) ends three years early?
   46. Steve Sparks Flying Everywhere Posted: August 24, 2009 at 12:15 AM (#3302918)
Holy cow, this game also had an inside-the-park homer. What a show.

That might have been the worst inside-the-park homer ever. They should have scored it defensive indifference.
   47. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 24, 2009 at 12:33 AM (#3302930)
Defensive idiocy, perhaps.
   48. Shock of the Desert Posted: August 24, 2009 at 12:40 AM (#3302936)

Dropped fly balls. Missed bases. Unassisted Triple Plays.

How do the Mets top that?


Hidden ball trick?

Out by passing the runner?

There are lots of possibilities; the Mets just need to get creative!
   49. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 24, 2009 at 01:07 AM (#3302946)
One time, Honus Wagner was called out at home on an interference call after a throw to the catcher bounced up into his shirt sleeve. That could work.

The same game, incidentally, also included a player being struck by lightning.
   50. pthomas Posted: August 24, 2009 at 01:37 AM (#3302965)
I always liked the Bill Wambsganss triple play story. Wamby had an unassisted triple play in the 1920 World Series, and his quote about it always sticks in my mind when I hear about a triple play, unassisted or not.

"When interviewed in the 1960s by Lawrence Ritter, for his classic oral history, The Glory of Their Times, Wambsganss recalled: "Funny thing, I played in the big leagues for 13 years, 1914 through 1926, and the only thing that anybody seems to remember is that once I made an unassisted triple play in a World Series. Many don't even remember the team I was on, or the position I played, or anything. Just Wambsganss-unassisted triple play!"


"You'd think I was born on the day before and died on the day after"
   51. Kirby Kyle Posted: August 24, 2009 at 01:46 AM (#3302970)
The unassisted triple play may be unique among rare feats in baseball in that nearly all the players who have accomplished it were non-stars. The most noteworthy player to complete a UTP is George Burns or Rafael Furcal. Wambsganss famously said that it was as though he was born the day before getting the UTP and died the day after; that's one day more of fame than Eric Bruntlett ever expected to earn in his career.

Edit: pthomas beat me to the anecdote.
   52. puck Posted: August 24, 2009 at 01:55 AM (#3302979)
Dang. Hopefully Tulowitzki will stay healthy enough to be known as a star.
   53. Mac T Posted: August 24, 2009 at 02:05 AM (#3302983)
This being the Mets, I figure that someone hits a walkoff homer, but one of the baserunners trips over third base and breaks his leg and the batter passes him.
   54. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 24, 2009 at 03:22 AM (#3303037)
Hidden ball trick?

Out by passing the runner?

There are lots of possibilities; the Mets just need to get creative


What other unusual ways are there to end an inning (as the batting team) or lose as the fielding team?

Hitting the baserunner with the batted ball with 2 outs?

Outfielders colliding on a routine fly ball for the third out?

Tossing the ball into the stands with only 2 outs?
   55. JJ1986 Posted: August 24, 2009 at 03:29 AM (#3303045)
The Mets had a runner pass another runner recently; I think it was last year.
   56. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 24, 2009 at 03:58 AM (#3303062)
Well, Leo Durocher's managerial career in New York ended on a triple play, so in a way the Mets are only keeping up a nice little tradition.
   57. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 24, 2009 at 05:15 AM (#3303079)
Even when Frenchy hits a ball well, he manages to fail in new and exciting ways!
   58. BFFB Posted: August 24, 2009 at 06:30 AM (#3303089)
Tossing the ball into the stands with only 2 outs?


They'll have to bring Benny Agbayani back to coach this one!
   59. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 24, 2009 at 07:14 AM (#3303096)
Out by passing the runner?

Bottom of the 9th, two outs, down by one. Murphy at second, Slappy at first. Ball in the gap, Slappy is right behind Murphy as they get to the plate. Murphy misses the plate trying to avoid the catcher, Slappy touches it.
   60. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 24, 2009 at 07:21 AM (#3303098)
Well, Leo Durocher's managerial career in New York ended on a triple play, so in a way the Mets are only keeping up a nice little tradition.

If this was Manuel's last game it was worth it.
   61. Bhaakon Posted: August 24, 2009 at 07:27 AM (#3303099)
What other unusual ways are there to end an inning (as the batting team) or lose as the fielding team?



A Mets hitter could run in to a batted ball while exiting the box. I've only seen this (or even heard of it) twice, both in the same game (opening day 2004 Giants @ Astros).
   62. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 24, 2009 at 07:44 AM (#3303105)
never mind
   63. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 24, 2009 at 07:46 AM (#3303107)
Have a triple play turned against them without hitting the ball? The Mariners did it...

That's awesome. I can't believe I hadn't heard of that before.
   64. An Athletic in Powderhorn, Silly Posted: August 24, 2009 at 09:00 AM (#3303111)
Here's one I want to see. Bottom of the 9th in St. Louis, 3-2 Mets. Two outs, runners on second and third, Pujols batting. The Mets try the intentional walk, but K-Rod throws a wild pitch. Santos chases the ball back to the screen, but fumbles with it for several seconds. By this time Molina, the runner from third, is about two thirds of the way home. Santos throws home in plenty of time, but the throw hits Molina and bounces away towards the dugout. Both runners score, and the Mets lose again.

Or...two outs, bottom of the ninth, bases loaded with the Mets down a run. Frenchy's up. With a herculean effort, he's somehow managed to not swing at three pitches out of the strike zone and the count is full. On the money pitch with the runners going, the ball hits Frenchy on the ankle. Unfortunately, he swings at it anyway, and is called out on strikes to end the game.
   65. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 24, 2009 at 10:42 AM (#3303120)
Ending a game on a triple play is nothing. Hell, Yankee fans remember that the 2003 World Series ended when Beckett tried to pick a runner off second base, and Soriano couldn't check his swing.
   66. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: August 24, 2009 at 10:57 AM (#3303122)
Fun fact: Wambsganss' middle name was Adolf.

Wambsganss recalled: "Funny thing, I played in the big leagues for 13 years, 1914 through 1926, and the only thing that anybody seems to remember is that once I made an unassisted triple play in a World Series."

At least that's something. Wambsganss had 6,097 PA in the teens and twenties: a long time ago. Who remembers Jack Fournier, Dode Paskert, Ivy Olson, Ed Konetchy, or Shano Collins?
   67. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM (#3303134)
Stan Musial was once tagged out at second base with one of two live balls in play. History beckons. Do it, 2009 Mets. Dare to reach for the three-baseball madness.

Who remembers Jack Fournier, Dode Paskert, Ivy Olson, Ed Konetchy, or Shano Collins?

Those five people have all been in my kitchen!
   68. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: August 24, 2009 at 12:52 PM (#3303162)
So does anyone have a theory why there have been a huge jump in unassisted triple plays?


Maybe I just don't remember it as a kid but sending the runners on virtually any 3-2 pitch seems to be a LOT more common over the past 15 years than it was before. I don't remember that being something that was such an accepted part of baseball strategy back in the 80s. That might be my memory playing tricks on me though.
   69. franoscar Posted: August 24, 2009 at 01:32 PM (#3303178)
Re: #51: I don't know what Eric Bruntlett ever expected, but he did score the winning run in the 2008 World Series, & also scored the winning run in game 3.
   70. Hubie Brooks (Not Really) Posted: August 24, 2009 at 01:41 PM (#3303187)
The Mets passed a runner this season. It was Emil Brown.
   71. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 24, 2009 at 01:42 PM (#3303189)
I saw the Brewers win a game courtesy of a Mike Stanton balk at Miller Park in '05. I see that that the Mets haven't lost that way in about 20 years, time to celebrate the anniversary.
   72. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 24, 2009 at 01:54 PM (#3303199)
I don't know what Eric Bruntlett ever expected, but he did score the winning run in the 2008 World Series, & also scored the winning run in game 3.
He's the baseball Zelig.
   73. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: August 24, 2009 at 02:29 PM (#3303228)
Didn't Lou Zelig play for the Yankees? I think he hit behind Ruth...
   74. Lassus Posted: August 24, 2009 at 02:39 PM (#3303236)
I saw the Brewers win a game courtesy of a Mike Stanton balk at Miller Park in '05. I see that that the Mets haven't lost that way in about 20 years, time to celebrate the anniversary.

If I'm not mistaken, we've already had a game-winning run score this way this year (just not as a walk-off).

I assume we're the only team to lose a playoff series on a walk?
   75. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 24, 2009 at 02:53 PM (#3303251)
Can a Mets forfeit be far behind?
   76. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 24, 2009 at 03:03 PM (#3303264)
The Mets are going to be the first team to strike out five batters in an inning, when Mark Reynolds drives in the winning run in the 10th by flailing at a bases-loaded wild pitch that bounces past Omir Santos.
   77. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 24, 2009 at 03:05 PM (#3303266)
I saw the Brewers win a game courtesy of a Mike Stanton balk at Miller Park in '05. I see that that the Mets haven't lost that way in about 20 years, time to celebrate the anniversary.
That's one of my favorite facts, Stanton lost two games on one pitch. His previous appearence was for the Yankees, when he gave up a walk-off HR. So they cut him, he signed with the Nationals, and before he could throw a pitch, he balked. Two losses, one pitch.
   78. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 24, 2009 at 03:10 PM (#3303270)
The Mets have never lost a game because a flyball deflected off a chunk of frozen bathroom waste falling from one of the airplanes at nearby LaGuardia Airport.... yet.
   79. king cranium maximus IV Posted: August 24, 2009 at 05:48 PM (#3303509)
I want to think that John Rocker lost a game on a balk once because the ball fell out of his glove when he had come set.
   80. Bunny Vincennes Posted: August 24, 2009 at 06:57 PM (#3303629)
Vlad,

One time, Honus Wagner was called out at home on an interference call after a throw to the catcher bounced up into his shirt sleeve. That could work.

The same game, incidentally, also included a player being struck by lightning.


Do you know when this game was? Is there a retro-sheet info available? I have a friend who is very interested in this.
   81. Gary Truth Serum Posted: August 24, 2009 at 07:26 PM (#3303664)
In addition to losing a playoff series on a bases loaded walk, the Mets have also recently ended a losing series on a called third strike. I don't recall any other team ever doing this.
   82. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 24, 2009 at 08:14 PM (#3303738)
"The Aztec calendar (and thus the woirld) ends three years early?"

Not to nitpick, buy every NYer knows there's no 'r' in "woild."

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