He took that 1-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth looking for a complete-game shutout. Jason Heyward grounded out to start the frame before Justin Upton singled. That set the stage for Freddie Freeman:
It was 1:22 a.m. and just like that, the Braves turned a would-be 1-0 loss into a 2-1 victory. It was the 22nd time since 1945 (and first since 1994) that a starting pitcher took a shutout into the ninth inning only to allow a game-ending home run. Here are the first 21.
|12||1948-07-27||Pat Seerey||CHW||WSH||Mickey Haefner||down 1-0||b9||1--||2||2||0.90||HR; Appling Scores|
|28||1952-06-29||Dick Kryhoski||SLB||DET||Virgil Trucks||down 2-0||b9||12-||2||3||0.91||HR; Nieman Scores/unER; Garver Scores/unER; Kryhoski Scores/unER|
|40||1954-05-12||Bobby Hofman||NYG||CIN||Harry Perkowski||down 1-0||b9||1--||1||2||0.79||HR (Deep LF Line); Samford Scores|
|67||1958-07-29||Sherm Lollar||CHW||WSH||Russ Kemmerer||down 1-0||b9||-2-||2||2||0.86||HR; Fox Scores|
|69||1959-05-15||Bob Nieman||BAL||DET||Don Mossi||down 1-0||b9||1--||0||2||0.68||HR; Boyd Scores|
|74||1959-09-13 (1)||Mickey Mantle||NYY||CLE||Jack Harshman||down 1-0||b11||1--||0||2||0.68||HR; Kubek Scores|
|108||1963-07-19||Roy Sievers||PHI||NYM||Roger Craig||down 1-0||b9||--3||1||2||0.61||HR; Gonzalez Scores|
|109||1963-07-29||Dick Brown||BAL||DET||Mickey Lolich||down 1-0||b9||1--||2||2||0.91||HR; Saverine Scores|
|110||1963-07-29||Don Lock||WSA||CHW||Joe Horlen||down 1-0||b9||-2-||2||2||0.86||HR; Hinton Scores|
|111||1963-08-11||Jerry Lynch||PIT||HOU||Hal Brown||down 1-0||b9||1--||2||2||0.91||HR; Clemente Scores|
|139||1966-09-21||Willie Horton||DET||CAL||Dean Chance||down 1-0||b9||-2-||2||2||0.87||HR; Cash Scores|
|154||1968-09-25||Ron Santo||CHC||LAD||Bill Singer||down 1-0||b9||123||0||4||0.28||HR; Smith Scores; Williams Scores; Nen Scores|
|172||1970-09-15 (2)||Curt Blefary||NYY||BOS||Mike Nagy||down 2-0||b9||-23||1||3||0.73||HR; Lyttle Scores; Baker Scores/unER|
|182||1971-08-24||Jim Spencer||CAL||WSA||Pete Broberg||down 1-0||b9||1--||1||2||0.82||HR; Fregosi Scores|
|193||1972-09-09||Dave Kingman||SFG||CIN||Don Gullett||down 1-0||b9||1--||1||2||0.81||HR; Maddox Scores|
|247||1978-06-02||Jose Cruz||HOU||STL||John Denny||down 1-0||b9||1--||1||2||0.82||HR; Cabell Scores|
|253||1978-07-26||Lou Piniella||NYY||CLE||Rick Waits||down 1-0||b9||1-3||1||3||0.55||HR; Rivers Scores; Munson Scores|
|268||1979-07-23||Dave Kingman||CHC||CIN||Tom Hume||down 1-0||b9||-2-||0||2||0.55||HR (LF-CF); Dilone Scores|
|281||1980-10-01||George Foster||CIN||SDP||Bob Shirley||down 1-0||b9||1--||0||2||0.68||HR; Kennedy Scores|
|312||1984-06-24||Tim Teufel||MIN||CHW||Richard Dotson||down 2-0||b9||12-||1||3||0.80||HR; Engle Scores; Brunansky Scores|
|420||1994-05-07||Mark Lemke||ATL||MON||Jeff Fassero||down 1-0||b9||1--||2||2||0.90||HR (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Brown Scores|
There are two Hall of Famers among the 21 home run hitters. Mickey Mantle hit the only one that came in extra innings and Ron Santo hit the only one that was a grand slam.
Last night's was the only game on the list in which the pitcher had driven in the only run prior to the final inning.
Gee had only allowed three hits in the first eight innings, but seven of the pitchers listed had allowed even fewer before the last frame. Harry Perkowski, Dean Chance, Pete Broberg and Don Gullett took two-hitters into the ninth.
Bill Singer was three outs away from a one-hitter before the Cubs went walk-double-intentional walk to load the bases before the aforementioned Santo grand slam. Mickey Lolich was two outs away from a one-hitter and one out from a two-hitter until Dick Brown hit his pinch-hit blast. But one game takes the cake, and it came on the same exact day as the Lolich game.
On July 29, 1963, White Sox righty Joe Horlen no-hit the Washington Senators for eight innings. He retired the first batter of the ninth, but Chuck Hinton knocked a single to break up the no-hit bid. The next batter grounded out, so at least Horlen was an out away from the shutout, but then Don Lock clubbed a home run to deal him a stunning defeat.
As Tim Kurkjian of ESPN often likes to say, you go to a baseball game and you might see something that's never happened before. In this case it's something that happens very rarely and had not occurred since "The Sign" by Ace of Base was the #1 song in America.
One other thing about this game. The Mets won on Sunday on a come-from-behind walk-off dinger, making them the first team since at least 1945 to be on both ends of this event in consecutive games. On five occasions it happened in back-to-back games in the same series (with the same team hitting the homer). There was also once instance of a team giving up game-ending comeback walk-offs in two straight games, but to different opponents.
|8/5/1978||John Lowenstein||TEX||CLE||Jim Kern||down 3-2||b12||1--||2||2|
|8/6/1978||Gary Gray||TEX||CLE||Rick Waits||down 2-1||b9||1--||2||2|
|6/22/1979||Doug DeCinces||BAL||DET||Dave Tobik||down 5-4||b9||1--||2||2|
|6/23/1979||Eddie Murray||BAL||DET||John Hiller||down 6-5||b9||12-||1||3|
|7/8/1982||Jerry Hairston||CWS||DET||Dan Petry||down 2-1||b9||1--||2||2|
|7/9/1982||Buddy Bell||TEX||DET||Dave Tobik||down 2-1||b9||.-2-||1||2|
|8/29/1986||Dick Schofield||CAL||DET||Willie Hernandez||down 12-9||b9||123||2||4|
|8/30/1986||Doug DeCinces||CAL||DET||Bill Campbell||down 4-3||b9||1--||1||2|
|5/10/2005||Kevin Millar||BOS||OAK||Octavio Dotel||down 2-1||b9||1--||1||2|
|5/11/2005||Jason Varitek||BOS||OAK||Octavio Dotel||down 5-4||b9||1--||1||2|
|6/28/2007||Carlos Lee||HOU||COL||Brian Fuentes||down 5-4||b11||123||2||4|
|6/29/2007||Mark Loretta||HOU||COL||Brian Fuentes||down 8-7||b9||1--||2||2|
|6/16/2013||Kirk Nieuwenhuis||NYM||CHN||Carlos Marmol||down 3-1||b9||-23||1||3|
|6/17/2013||Freddie Freeman||ATL||NYM||Dillon Gee||down 1-0||b9||1--||1||2|
That first Angels-Tigers game was a doozy. The Tigers led 12-5 with one out in the ninth and 12-9 with two outs. Schofield hit what some call an "Ultimate Grand Slam," a homer hit with the bases loaded with two outs and down three runs. The five hitters to pull this off since Schofield are Alan Trammell, Chris Hoiles, Brian Giles, Adam Dunn and Ryan Roberts.