The wackiest game of the 2016 baseball season was Thursday’s 16-13 Seattle Mariners win over the San Diego Padres. A rally from 10 runs down concluded a nutty, four-game season series between the two teams.
Let’s run through all the craziness from Thursday:
Elias Sports Bureau stats of the night
This was both the biggest deficit overcome to win in Mariners history and the largest blown lead in a loss by the Padres.
The Mariners are the first team to win a game in which they trailed by at least 10 runs in the fifth inning or later since the 2001 Cleveland Indians rallied from a 14-2 deficit to defeat the Mariners (who won 116 games, tied for the most in major league history).
How they won: you can’t be more clutch
The Mariners went 11-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They went from being ranked 16th in the majors with a .252 batting average with runners in scoring position to 10th for the season at .271.
It’s the Mariners' highest batting average with runners in scoring position, setting the minimum at only four at-bats (their previous best was a 6-for-7 effort against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1994).
Obligatory NBA Finals tie-in
The story of this game was the same as Thursday’s NBA Finals game. The Mariners' bench played the same role as the Warriors' bench, going 6-for-8 with eight RBIs and five runs scored. The Padres' bench was 0-for-3.
Shawn O’Malley recorded the go-ahead hit. He entered the day 3-for-24 and didn’t have an RBI all season. Dae-Ho Lee had three hits and four RBIs despite not entering the game until the sixth inning. He's the first player to do that since Curtis Granderson for the New York Yankees in 2012.
Series MVP: Kyle Seager
The Mariners third baseman has had an interesting past seven days. His base-running blunder ended a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins last Saturday. But he atoned for his mistakes in this series, going 11-for-16 with 11 RBIs. He raised his season OPS from .819 to .904.
Seager had three RBIs in his previous 11 games.
He went 7-for-9 against pitches on the outer half of the plate in these four games. Entering the games with the Padres, he was hitting .240 against those pitches.
Also odd: saved from defeat
Mariners starting pitcher Wade Miley allowed nine runs and 12 hits and didn’t lose. He’s the first pitcher who can say that since Zack Greinke, who had such a game against his current team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, on June 10, 2005.