History was made Thursday night in San Diego. It was great history for the Mariners and bad history for the Padres. Seattle won the game 16-13 (box score), but the final score only tells part of the story.
Thanks to a seven-run fifth inning, the Padres took a 12-2 lead Thursday and appeared to be on their way to an easy win. It didn't happen.
The Mariners responded with five runs in the sixth and nine in the seventh to take a 16-12 lead. Check out the line score:
Good gravy. Who would have guessed the Padres and Mariners, two teams that have spent the better part of the last decade in a perpetual search for offense, would play the biggest slugfest of the season? At pitcher-friendly Petco Park, no less.
Here is the win probability graph for the game, via FanGraphs. In a nutshell, the graph shows you each team's chances of winning at any given point in the game.
At one point in the sixth inning, after taking that 12-2 lead, the Padres had a 99.9 percent chance to win the game. 99.9 percent! This game was that other 0.1 percent. Crazy.
How did the Mariners come back? With two-out hits, mostly. Three Padres relievers -- Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, Matt Thornton -- could not record the final out of the seventh inning. Check out the play-by-play for that inning:
Wow. Just ... wow. The Mariners strung together seven consecutive two-out base hits to score nine runs and extend the inning. Four of those seven hits came in two-strike counts too.
The Stefen Romero at-bat was the back-breaker. He took a borderline 2-2 fastball from Maurer and got the call to make it 3-2, then ripped a single to center to tie the game 12-12. That 2-2 pitch really could have gone either way. Check out the location (pitch No. 5):
Man, that's close. Home plate umpire Ramon Dejesus could have called it either way. He gave the call to Romero and the Mariners, and boy did they take advantage. Things spiraled out of control for the Padres.
A game like this is going to result in some crazy stats and facts, so let's dive in:
1. This was the largest comeback in Mariners history.
Not surprisingly, rallying from a 10-run deficit is the largest comeback in Mariners franchise history. The previous record was eight runs. That happened when the Mariners rallied against the Angels to turn a 9-1 deficit into an 11-10 win on April 15, 1996. Here's the box score.
2. This was the largest blown lead in Padres history.
On the other side of the coin, the 10-run lead was the largest blown lead ever by the Padres. They had previously blown a nine-run lead against the Braves on June 7, 1987. San Diego led that game 11-2 at one point and lost 13-12 on a Ken Oberkfell walk-off walk. Here's the box score.
3. The Mariners had some insane clutch stats.
This is hard to believe, but the Mariners went 11 for 12 with runners in scoring position Thursday night. 11 for 12! They had 19 baserunners and left only three on base. Ten of the 16 runs scored with two outs too. Man, that is as good as it gets. You dream of getting that many clutch hits in a game.
As for the Padres, well this one stings. It really, really stings. Team executive Ron Fowler called his team "miserable failures" earlier this week, so I can't imagine he's too happy they blew this 10-run lead Thursday.