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Wildest extra innings ever in Seattle

By Mike Harrington

The White Sox beat the Mariners, 7-5, in 16 innings Wednesday at Safeco Field in Seattle. Fair enough. Long games happen from time to even. Even ones that go 5 hours, 42 minutes.

But this one was unlike any other in MLB history.

There was no score through 13 innings. None. Then the White Sox plated five runs in the top of the 14th to take a seemingly safe 5-0 lead. But the Mariners got a run and loaded the bases with two out. 

And then Kyle Seager hit a grand slam to tie the game, 5-5. Seem odd? Seem pretty incredible? Sure does. Look at the video above. Father runs over a little kid, presumed to be his own, to get the ball. The stunned looking coach the camera pans to in the Chicago dugout? White Sox hitting coach and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Jeff Manto

The Elias Sports Bureau and Retrosheet quickly combed the files and figured out it was the first time in big-league history both teams scored as many as five runs in a game that was scoreless through nine. And the first time a team scored as many as five runs to tie an extra-inning game. And the first time anyone in all the years of baseball ever hit a game-TYING grand slam in extra innings to extend a game.

Moral of the story: Never leave a baseball game early.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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