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White Sox top Mariners after 16 innings of history-making madness

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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On Wednesday afternoon, the White Sox topped the Mariners by a score of 7-5 in 16 innings. Such an innings count is notable enough, but the sprawl of this game doesn't even begin to tell the story. Take a gander at the line score ...

Zoinks! Yes, the two combatants were scoreless for 13 innings before each team plated five runs in 14th. Now let's have a look at the win-expectancy chart for this game, which comes to us courtesy of FanGraphs. It's simply a graph of each team's percentage chance of winning throughout the game. Boom ...

Source: FanGraphs

Banana-town, is what that is! As you can see, the Mariners at one point in the (very, very) late innings reached a 0.1 percent chance of triumph, at which point they punched their way out of the grave and temporarily seized the mantle of favorite.

And, speaking of "punched their way out of the grave," here's how that came to pass for the M's ...

In one swing, Kyle Seager became the first player in major-league history to tie up a game in extra innings with a grand slam.

That one swing also marked the first time that two teams scored five or more runs in a game after being held scoreless through the first nine innings. It was also the first time the White Sox or Mariners had been held scoreless through 13 innings since Aug. 12, 2009, when ... the Sox fell to the Mariners at Safeco Field (game-winning hit: Ken Griffey Jr.).

Wait, though. Let's go back a pile of innings just in case you somehow didn't think this game was foreordained to be weird and long in the extreme. In the bottom of the ninth, Michael Saunders deposited a beauty of a bunt that, had it stayed fair, would've put runners on first and third with no outs. Watch, though, as the very hand of baseball providence coaxes, nudges, pleads it foul ...

And on we played. For another seven innings. For a grand total of 493 pitches.

As for the Hawk, who watched on from above in mounting angst, his sense of relief after the final out was almost palpable ...

And we, too, will be back.

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