By the Numbers: The White Sox/Mariners Extra Inning Marathon

By Kyle Means, Regal Radio

The Chicago White Sox’s 7-5 win in 16 innings Wednesday afternoon (into evening) against Seattle was the type of game that travel days are made for.

Unfortunately, the schedule makers didn’t honor the Sox with an off day today, but as they return to the South Side to start a four-game series with Oakland tonight they can at least take comfort in knowing that they ended a long losing schnide and that they upstaged an 8-6 come-from-behind win by the Cubs in Anaheim, which also hit extra innings.

The Cubs game, which started at 6:05 central time yesterday, was in the 6th inning when the Sox and Mariners, which started at 2:40 central time, was coming to its conclusion.

Take a look at some other interesting facts from the game and the numbers that love them:

43 – the number of Addison Reed, who finished the game for the Sox, as well as the number of years its been since a Sox reliever allowed five or more runs and got a win. 

33 – hits in total in the game, 16.5 for each team. So both teams averaged a hit an inning and it still took them each 14 to get on the board.

12 – innings it took for Robin Ventura to bail due to him not wanting to miss his daughter’s high school graduation. Baby girl comes first. By the way, there are four hour direct flights available from Chicago to Seattle, so if needed Ventura’s daughter could have came to him and possibly got to Safeco Field and still saw the first run scored in the time it took for one to happen Wednesday.

10 number of runs combined scored by the Sox/Mariners in the 14th, making this game the first time ever in Major League Baseball where two teams scored five-plus runs in a game that was scoreless through nine.

10 (again) – extra inning grand slams for the Mariners franchise, the most of any team since the Mariners joined MLB in 1977.

8 – games in the Sox losing streak, which ended Wednesday, the franchise’s longest since 1991.

4 – times Adam Dunn walked in the game, which allowed for a down right efficient performance for him despite his going 0-4 in the other at-bats.

3 – times Dunn was intentially walked, matching the entire amount of times that’s happened to him in a White Sox uniform in his two-plus seasons with the team.

1 – number of home runs Reed has given up this year, or in other words, the game-tying grand slam Seattle’s Kyle Seager hit with two outs in the 14th was the first time someone took Reed yard this year.

1 (again) – The number of times there has been a game-tying extra-inning grand slam in MLB history. Welcome to the obscure baseball history books, Kyle Seager.

Sources

White Sox beat Mariners in craziest game of the season (USA Today)

The 8 craziest things about Wednesday’s White Sox-Mariners game (CSNChicago.com)

White Sox beat Mariners in historic 16-inning marathon (CBSSports.com)

Follow Regal Radio on Twitter @regalradio1 and Kyle Means @Wrk_Wrt

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