Mariners were RISP-averse last night

The Seattle Mariners toiled for 18 innings last night/early this morning before succumbing to the Orioles 4-2.  As is the case with many extra-inning affairs, the M’s had a bit of trouble getting that one big hit with runners in scoring position.  In fact, they went 0-12 in RISP situations during innings 10-18, and an amazing 0-17 overall for the night (see chart below).

Batter Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Play Description
Brendan Ryan Wei-Yin Chen tied 0-0 b2 123 2 Groundout: 2B-SS/Forceout at 2B
Kyle Seager Wei-Yin Chen ahead 0-2 b5 -2- 1 Groundout: 2B-1B; Gutierrez to 3B
Jesus Montero Wei-Yin Chen ahead 0-2 b5 –3 2 Foul Popfly: 1B (1B Foul)
Casper Wells Jake Arrieta ahead 0-2 b6 -2- 1 Groundout: SS-1B (Weak SS)
Miguel Olivo Jake Arrieta ahead 0-2 b6 -2- 2 Groundout: 3B-1B (Weak 3B)
Jesus Montero Darren O’Day tied 2-2 b10 12- 1 Strikeout Swinging
Michael Saunders Darren O’Day tied 2-2 b10 12- 2 Strikeout Looking
Eric Thames Darren O’Day tied 2-2 b11 -2- 2 Strikeout Swinging
Franklin Gutierrez Pedro Strop tied 2-2 b12 -2- 0 Flyball: CF (Deep CF)
Jesus Montero Pedro Strop tied 2-2 b12 12- 1 Strikeout Swinging
Trayvon Robinson Pedro Strop tied 2-2 b12 12- 2 Strikeout Swinging
Casper Wells Steve Johnson tied 2-2 b15 12- 2 Groundout: 2B-1B (SS-2B)
Dustin Ackley Tommy Hunter tied 2-2 b16 -2- 1 Groundout: 2B-1B; Olivo to 3B
Franklin Gutierrez Tommy Hunter tied 2-2 b16 –3 2 Foul Flyball: RF (RF Foul)
Jesus Montero Tommy Hunter tied 2-2 b17 -2- 0 Foul Popfly: C (Behind Home)
Trayvon Robinson Tommy Hunter tied 2-2 b17 -2- 1 Strikeout Swinging
Chone Figgins Tommy Hunter tied 2-2 b17 -2- 2 Groundout: P-1B (Front of Home)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/19/2012.

 

I wondered if the Mariners set a single-game RISP futility record with this performance.  I asked my fellow “Retrolist” members if they could do the research, and none other than Baseball Reference founder Sean Forman responded within minutes (thanks Sean!):

| game_id      | batting_team_id | inn  | hits | ab |
+--------------+-----------------+------+------+----+
| PIT197706110 | PIT             |    9 |    0 | 19 |
| NYA200404240 | BOS             |   12 |    0 | 19 |
| ANA199709130 | ANA             |   12 |    0 | 18 |
| BOS196509140 | BOS             |   10 |    0 | 18 |
| ATL197708160 | HOU             |    9 |    0 | 18 |
| NYN196605302 | PHI             |    9 |    0 | 17 |
| CHN197810010 | CHC             |    9 |    0 | 17 |
| SEA201209180 | SEA             |   17 |    0 | 17 |
| KCA197005020 | CLE             |   16 |    0 | 17 |
| BAL198109080 | CLE             |    9 |    0 | 17 |

Here are the sordid details of the June 11, 1977 Pirates record-setting 9-inning debacle:

Batter Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Play Description
Phil Garner Bob Shirley down 1-0 b1 –3 0 Groundout: 3B-1B
Dave Parker Bob Shirley down 1-0 b1 –3 1 Strikeout
Al Oliver Bob Shirley down 1-0 b1 –3 2 Strikeout
Fernando Gonzalez Bob Shirley down 1-0 b2 -2- 1 Flyball: LF
John Candelaria Bob Shirley down 1-0 b2 12- 2 Groundout: SS-1B
Phil Garner Bob Shirley down 3-0 b3 -2- 0 Lineout: RF
Dave Parker Bob Shirley down 3-0 b3 -2- 1 Groundout: 1B unassisted; Taveras to 3B
Al Oliver Bob Shirley down 3-0 b3 –3 2 Strikeout
John Candelaria Bob Shirley down 3-0 b4 12- 2 Lineout: LF
Phil Garner Bob Shirley down 4-0 b5 -2- 0 Foul Flyball: 1B
Dave Parker Bob Shirley down 4-0 b5 -2- 1 Groundout: 2B-1B; Taveras to 3B
Al Oliver Bob Shirley down 4-0 b5 –3 2 Flyball: SS
Fernando Gonzalez Bob Shirley down 4-0 b6 12- 0 Lineout: RF
Duffy Dyer Bob Shirley down 4-0 b6 12- 1 Lineout: 2B
Tommy Helms Bob Shirley down 4-0 b6 12- 2 Strikeout Looking
Duffy Dyer Dave Tomlin down 4-0 b8 -2- 2 Groundout: SS-1B
Frank Taveras Dave Tomlin down 4-0 b9 -2- 0 Groundout: 2B-1B; Mendoza to 3B
Phil Garner Dave Tomlin down 4-0 b9 –3 1 Groundout: 1B unassisted; Mendoza Scores
Willie Stargell Rollie Fingers down 4-1 b9 12- 2 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/19/2012.
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