We talked about it some in the recaps this morning, but it’s really worth looking more closely at last night’s huge Mariners comeback over the Padres.
The basics of it: The Mariners were trailing the Padres 12-2 after five innings and then scored fourteen runs across the sixth and seventh. It was the largest comeback in Mariners history. Previously the M’s overcame an eight-run deficit, but that came 20 years ago. It’s the first time any team has come back from this big a deficit this late in a game since 2001. It was also the largest lead the Padres have ever blown. The clubs combined for 36 hits and 29 runs, which is the most combined in both cases for any teams in any game this year.
To say that the Mariners were playing it close to the edge is to understate things. At one point, according to FanGraphs’ win probability thingie, the Padres had a 99.9% chance to win the game [insert “Dumb and Dumber” quote here]. Less analytically, the Padres’ relievers were ever so close to putting out this fire multiple times. As I mentioned in the recaps, the Mariners strung together seven consecutive two-out base hits to score nine runs and extend the seventh inning. That’s bad enough, but get a load of this: four of those seven hits came in two-strike counts. So close, yet so far away.
The video highlights:
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