There is a lot to like about baseball. There’s the game itself, and the fields where it is played, and the food sold at those fields. There is the history, and the ongoing saga of how the game has changed over time, reflecting America and reflecting itself back on America in turn.
But one of my absolute favorite things about baseball is that it has no clock. Until the final out is made, the game is not over. It doesn’t matter what the odds, a team with an out is a team with a chance, and every once in awhile someone grabs that chance and something awesome happens.
Something awesome happened in Tennessee yesterday afternoon. The Tennessee Smokies gave up four more runs in the top of the ninth and entered the bottom of the frame down 7-0. Their win expectancy was 0.2%.
And then this happened.
Jeffrey Baez singled to center. Trey Martin is hit; runners on first and second. Carlos Penalver singles to load the bags. Erick Castillo singles to score two, and Penalver goes to third. Jason Vosler drives home Penalver on a sac fly. One out, and the score is 7-3 with a runner on first. Charcer Burks flies out, and there are two gone. Andrew Ely then singles, followed by a David Bote single to load the bags back up. Finally Mississippi makes a pitching change (seriously, what took them so long?). Cael Brockmeyer is walked, and the score is 7-4. Jeffrey Baez walks, and we are at 7-5. Trey Martin pops one up, it glances off the glove of the first baseman down the right field line, two runs score, and the game is all tied up. And then Carlos Penalver singles home Baez for the win:
If you want to watch the entire epic comeback for yourself … and why would you NOT want to watch this epic comeback for yourself? … and you have an MiLB.tv subscription, then pull up the video and start it up at about the 2:27 mark.
Belive me, knowing what is coming doesn’t make it any less exciting to watch.
- Aaron Brooks: 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- Pierce Johnson: 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
- Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 4, 2B
- Ian Happ: 2 for 4, HR. That’s his fifth.
- Jeimer Candelario: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Victor Caratini: 3 for 4, 2B
- Jen-Ho Tseng: 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 K
- James Pugliese: 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
- Ryan McNeil: 1 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Andrew Ely: 3 for 4, 2B
- Trey Martin: 2 for 4, 2B
- Carlos Penalver: 2 for 5. Both hits game in the ninth, and were his first two hits of the year.
High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 4, Lynchburg 0
The pitching in this one was excellent, with an assist from outfielder Connor Myers with a fantastic catch (as he does). Check out the video below.
- Justin Steele: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K
- Craig Brooks: 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
- Scott Effross: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Carlos Sepulveda: 3 for 4
- P.J. Higgins: 2 for 4
- Daniel Spingola: 1 for 4, 2B
- Matt Rose: 1 for 4, 2B
- Tyler Alamo: 1 for 4, 2B
- Dylan Cease: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K. That’s 15 K for the year.
- Yeiler Peguero: 1 for 3, BB
- Zack Short: 1 for 3, BB
- Jhonny Pereda: 2 for 4
- D.J. Wilson: 1 for 4, 2B
- One side effect of Tennessee’s improbable rally is that the guy who got the pitching win, Ryan McNeil, got the win despite giving up four runs in the ninth. Statistically, he had the worst day of any Smokies pitcher and hurt his team’s chances of winning the most, but because the rules that govern pitching wins are some of the stupidest and most arcane piles of nonsense in the history of professional sports, he’s awarded a pitching win. This should be all the proof needed that pitching wins should be left in the dustbin of history. If any more proof was needed after Game 7 of the World Series, that is.
- Oh, about that Happ homer, Brett wrote about the new minor-league-leader here (and you can watch the homer, too).
- The Myers catch was something he did regularly last year, and he’s going to be a guy to watch progress: