Good afternoon, BBN!
In May, we appeared on the craziness of the 2018 Texas A&M–LSU soccer shootout that the Aggies received 74-72. This time we’re taking a look at one other high-scoring barnburner—solely this time it’s MLB.
That soccer recreation had a rating so excessive you’d suppose it was a basketball recreation. Nicely this baseball recreation had a rating so excessive you’d suppose it was a soccer recreation.
By no means earlier than or since have extra runs been scored in an MLB recreation. Right here’s the total statistical breakdown of the weird ballgame:
- 49 runners crossed dwelling plate
- The groups mixed for 51 hits
- 125 batters got here to the plate
- The sport was nonetheless solely 3 hours
1st Inning: Fairly regular begin. Phillies go three-and-out, Cubs rating one to make it 1-0.
2nd Inning: Phillies make the most of some errors and rating three to make it 3-1, however with two outs the Phillies’ third baseman drops a pop fly and the Cubs rating ten runs with two outs to make it 11-3—all due to a dropped fly ball.
third Inning: Philadelphia recovers a bit, scoring twice and preserving the Cubs at 11 to make it 11-5.
4th Inning: Phillies rating once more to inch nearer, narrowing the margin to 11-6. Then every little thing goes bananas. Philadelphia fully falls aside as Chicago sends 19 batters to the plate, and their proper fielder 3 times in the identical inning. After scoring 14 runs, the Phillies lastly get the third out and take a look at not to take a look at the scoreboard: 25-6 after solely 4 innings. Ouch.
fifth Inning: The Phillies rating three runs. At this level I don’t suppose the Chicago pitchers are attempting very onerous. It nearly prices them, imagine it or not.
sixth Inning: The Cubs rating yet one more run to make it 26-9.
seventh Inning: Neither group scores, the one scoreless inning of the sport. If you happen to needed a sizzling canine or lavatory break, that was the time to do it.
eighth Inning: The Phillies refuse to stop and drive in 8 runs to make it 26-17. Abruptly it was inside ‘single digits’.
ninth Inning: The Cubs nearly blow it, as Philly scores 6 runs to chop it to 26-23 earlier than lastly succumbing. It might have been the comeback of the century, however giving up 14 runs in a single inning was the deadly flaw of their recreation plan.
Utter chaos. Since 1901 there’s solely ever been one different baseball recreation the place each groups scored 20+ runs, and coincidence of coincidences, it was the Phillies and Cubs in Chicago in 1979. This time, nonetheless, it was the Phillies who prevailed, scoring 23 runs nearly six many years after their final barnburner, however this time they held the Cubs to 22 runs with some “protection” to win 23-22.
Will there ever be one other 20-20 recreation? Will the Cubs and Phillies be concerned in it? Baseball is the game with no clock, so there’s no telling what would possibly occur on any given day. If I have been you I’d contemplate stopping by Wrigley Discipline subsequent time the Phillies go to. One thing loopy would possibly occur—you by no means know…