Category: Extra Innings

Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay pitches the first extra inning complete game shutout in the majors since Jack Morris did so in the classic Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.

Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay pitches the first extra inning complete game shutout in the majors since Jack Morris did so in the classic Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. The last time it was done in the regular season was by Dave Stewart‚ on August 1‚ 1990. Halladay takes a no-hitter into the 8th against Detroit‚ and finishes with a 3-hit‚ 1 – 0 victory. Tiger starter Nate Cornejo pitches 9 shutout innings before giving way to Fernando Rodney. Bobby Kielty’s single drives home the winner.

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Brad Ausmus slugs a grand slam homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the 12th to carry the Astros over St. Louis

2003 – Brad Ausmus slugs a grand slam homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the 12th to carry the Astros over St. Louis, 6-5. Ausmus also guns down three runners, including Fernando Vina at third base for the game’s final out. Brad Lidge gets his first major league save. 

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Mitch Williams walks the bases full then surrenders two 12th-inning runs in the season opener against Montreal

1994 – Mitch Williams walks the bases full then surrenders two 12th-inning runs in the season opener against Montreal. Ken Caminiti’s two-run double ends a dramatic three-run comeback for a 6-5 Houston triumph. Astros debut new navy and gold uniforms with the leaning star.  

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At Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, the latest game in major league history ends at 4:40 am as relief pitcher Mitch Williams, in his first at-bat of the season, singles home the winning run in the 10th inning, giving the Philliesa 6 – 5 victory over the Padres. The game, which started at 1:26 am due to the three rain delays in Game 1 of the twin bill, eclipses the 3:35 mark established in Atlanta on July 4, 1985 in a game which ended with fireworks after the Mets beat the Braves in 19 innings, 16 – 13.

On July 2, 1993 At Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, the latest game in major league history...

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In the greatest extra-inning comeback in major league history, the Pittsburgh Pirates score six runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to erase a five-run Cubs lead

1991 – In the greatest extra-inning comeback in major league history, the Pittsburgh Pirates score six runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to erase a five-run Cubs lead built in the top of the inning on Andre Dawson’s grand slam. The Pirates had rallied earlier from a 7 – 2 deficit to tie the game in the 9th.

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Hal Morris chooses the Reds song for the year U Can’t Touch This

Keeping with the team’s tradition of having a rookie select the music, Reds freshman first baseman Hal Morris picks U Can’t Touch This, following the Opening Day 8-4 extra-inning victory at the Astrodome. The iconic MC Hammer tune will become the team’s mantra and the unofficial theme song for the eventual world champs.

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1984 – Alan Ashby singles home Jose Cruz in the 16th inning to outlast the Phillies, 3-2. Houston leaves 20 runners on base and ties a league record by drawing seven intentional walks, all after the 11th frame. A two-run blast by Mark Bailey provided the other runs. 

1984 – Alan Ashby singles home Jose Cruz in the 16th inning to outlast the Phillies, 3-2. Houston leaves 20 runners on base and ties a league record by drawing seven intentional walks, all after the 11th frame. A two-run blast by Mark Bailey provided the other runs. 

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The Reds, 11 games behind the Dodgers at the beginning of the day, stage two dramatic comebacks to snatch a doubleheader win from Los Angeles. Hal King’s clutch 3-run pinch home run with two outs wins the first game, 4 – 3, against Don Sutton, while Tony Perez’s 10th-inning hit wins the second, 3 – 2. This day will be looked upon as the turning point of the National League’s Western Division race.

The Reds, 11 games behind the Dodgers at the beginning of the day, stage two dramatic comebacks to snatch a doubleheader win from Los Angeles. Hal King’s clutch 3-run pinch home run with two outs wins the first game, 4 – 3, against Don Sutton, while Tony Perez’s 10th-inning hit wins the second, 3 – 2. This day will be looked upon as the turning point of the National League’s Western Division race.

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Pittsburgh to prevail3, 3 – 2, in 14 innings over Philadelphia

One big hit, one big drop, two wild pitches and one bad hop are what it takes for Pittsburgh to prevail, 3 – 2, in 14 innings over Philadelphia. The big hit is Roberto Clemente’s 3rd-inning triple, a 440-plus-footer off Forbes Field’s left-centerfield light tower, which drives in Freddie Patek with the tying run. In the 8th, John Briggs drops a fly ball hit by Al Oliver, which allows Matty Alou to score the tying run. Alou will also score the game-winner six innings later, courtesy of two consecutive wild pitches by Dick Selma, the latter featuring the aforementioned bad hop, off the cement beneath the backstop screen, which allows Alou to score the walk-off tally from second.

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1969 – Private Larry Dierker, on a 24-hour pass from the Army while fulfilling his military commitment in Louisiana, outduels Steve Carlton for a 2-1, eleven-inning triumph over the Cardinals at the Astrodome. Dierker allows just five hits and caps his night by driving in Julio Gotay with the game-winner. Dierker singled off Joe Hoerner to earn his eighth win of the year.

1969 – Private Larry Dierker, on a 24-hour pass from the Army while fulfilling his military commitment in Louisiana, outduels Steve Carlton for a 2-1, eleven-inning triumph over the Cardinals at the Astrodome. Dierker allows just five hits and caps his night by driving in Julio Gotay with the game-winner. Dierker singled off Joe Hoerner to earn his eighth win of the year.

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At Yankee Stadium, New York blows a 7 – 0 lead and allows Kansas City to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Mickey Mantle, leading off the 11th, is fooled by Bill Fischer on a slow curve, then cannons a 2 – 2 pitch that almost clears the RF roof. “The hardest ball I ever hit,” Mantle later comments, a ball that, by some accounts, is still rising when it strikes a foot below the top. It is conservatively estimated by Dr. James McDonald, a physicist who studies long-ball trajectories, that the ball would have traveled 620 feet if it had not struck the façade. “That was the only homer I ever hit that the bat actually bent in my hands,” Mantle tells Dale Long, from whom he borrowed the bat.

At Yankee Stadium, New York blows a 7 – 0 lead and allows Kansas City to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Mickey Mantle, leading off the 11th, is fooled by Bill Fischer on a slow curve, then cannons a 2 – 2 pitch that almost clears the RF roof. “The hardest ball I ever hit,” Mantle later comments, a ball that, by some accounts, is still rising when it strikes a foot below the top. It is conservatively estimated by Dr. James McDonald, a physicist who studies long-ball trajectories, that the ball would have traveled 620 feet if it had not struck the façade. “That was the only homer I ever hit that the bat actually bent in my hands,” Mantle tells Dale Long, from whom he borrowed the bat.

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