Sunday, July 13, 2014

Andrew McCutchen's Tying and Winning Home Runs

Andrew McCutchen did something awesome in Cincinnati last night. He led off the top of the ninth inning with a game-tying home run, then with two down in the 11th he swatted another homer that would be the game-winner.

Using the Play Index*, I grabbed all tying ninth-inning home runs and all go-ahead extra inning home runs. Then thanks to some nifty conditional formatting in Excel, I found the following games that appeared in both lists. I also added Raul Ibanez's playoff game from 2012.

* The Play Index has complete play-by-play data since 1974, is only missing a handful of games from 1953-73 (98.8% of games) and has partial data from 1940-52

Date Batter Team Opp Tying HR in 9th Winning HR in Extras
7/12/2014 Andrew McCutchen PIT at CIN solo, 0 out, Jonathan Broxton 11th, solo, 2 out, J.J. Hoover
8/13/2013 Paul Goldschmidt ARZ vs BAL solo, 0 out, Jim Johnson 11th, solo, 0 out, T.J. McFarland
10/10/2012 Raul Ibanez NYY vs BAL solo, 1 out, Jim Johnson (PH) 12th, solo, 0 out, Brian Matusz
5/17/2011 Brian McCann ATL vs HOU solo, 2 out, Mark Melancon (PH) 11th, 2-run, 1 out, Jeff Fulchino
4/18/2009 Jeremy Hermida FLA at WAS 2-run, 2 out, Joel Hanrahan 11th, 3-run, 0 out, Wil Ledezma
8/20/2004 Adrian Beltre LAD vs ATL solo, 0 out, John Smoltz 11th, solo, 1 out, Juan Cruz
8/3/2004 Tony Batista MON at STL 2-run, 0 out, Jason Isringhausen 12th, Slam, 2 out, Dan Haren
5/20/2003 Ken Griffey CIN at FLA solo, 0 out, Braden Looper 11th, solo, 2 out, Armando Almanza
8/27/2002 Joe Crede CWS vs TOR 2-run, 1 out, Kelvim Escobar 10th, Slam, 1 out, Felix Heredia
6/14/2002 Aaron Boone CIN vs PIT solo, 1 out, Mike Williams 11th, solo, 0 out, Mike Williams
7/29/2000 Ed Taubensee CIN at MON solo, 2 out, Javier Vazquez 11th, solo, 1 out, Julio Santana
7/23/2000 Ryan Klesko SD at COL solo, 1 out, Jose Jimenez 10th, 2-run, 2 out, Stan Belinda
4/11/2000 Ed Sprague SD vs ARZ solo, 1 out, Omar Daal 13th, solo, 0 out, Russ Springer
4/5/1999 Raul Mondesi LAD vs ARZ 3-run, 2 out, Gregg Olson 11th, 2-run, 2 out, John Frascatore
6/10/1998 Robin Ventura CWS vs STL solo, 2 out, Curtis King 11th, 2-run, 1 out, Sean Lowe
5/8/1990 Andre Dawson CHN vs ATL solo, 0 out, Joe Boever 11th, 2-run, 1 out, Dwayne Henry
4/8/1986 Jim Presley SEA vs CAL 2-run, 0 out, Donnie Moore 10th, Slam, 2 out, Ken Forsch
4/29/1985 Donnie Scott SEA vs MIL solo, 0 out, Rollie Fingers 10th, 2-run, 2 out, Ray Searage
5/14/1978 Dave Kingman CHN at LAD 2-run, 2 out, Mike Garman 15th, 3-run, 2 out, Rick Rhoden
9/17/1971 Mike Lum ATL at LAD solo, 1 out, Jim Brewer 11th, solo, 2 out, Hoyt Wilhelm
8/15/1966 Boog Powell BAL at BOS solo, 1 out, Jim Lonborg 11th, 2-run, 1 out, John Wyatt
6/18/1961 Del Rice LAA at KCA solo, 0 out, Norm Bass (PH) 11th, 2-run, 1 out, Norm Bass
8/27/1949 Jeff Heath BSN vs CIN solo, 0 out, Ewell Blackwell 10th, solo, 2 out, Ewell Blackwell
9/2/1944 Butch Nieman BSN at PHI solo, 2 out, Bill Lee 13th, solo, 2 out, Bill Lee

I am so very happy to see Kingman's 1978 three-homer game on here, but for Pete's sake, don't ask Tommy  Lasorda for his opinion of Kingman's performance (NOT SAFE FOR WORK).*

* The young reporter who asked for Lasorda's opinion and set off the legendary rant was Paul Olden, who would become a play-by-play broadcaster and is now the P.A. voice of Yankee Stadium.

Jim Presley's walk-off grand slam came on Opening Day in 1986 and when he hit another on July 17, he became the only player to hit two walk-off grand slams in the same season. Presley has a connection to the other Opening Day game on this list. As the great Mark Simon points out, when Raul Mondesi hit tying and winning homers against the Diamondbacks in the 1999 opener, Presley was in the opposing dugout as Arizona's hitting coach.

Below are a few games that didn't exactly qualify for this list, but showed up in my original search and deserve a mention.

On June 30, 1980 in Atlanta, Jose Cruz hit a tying homer in the top of the ninth for the Astros off of Larry Bradford, then put the Astros ahead in the 11th with a homer off of Al Hrabosky. Houston lost in the bottom of the 11th on Glenn Hubbard's two-run walk-off blast off of Joe Sambito.

On September 14 of that same year, Eddie Murray hit a tying homer in the top of the ninth and a go-ahead shot in the 11th, but the Blue Jays rallied to extend the game before winning it in the 13th on a Bob Bailor single.

On June 18, 1961, the same day as Rice's game listed above, Jim Pagliaroni had quite a day for the Red Sox. In the first game of a doubleheader, Boston trailed 12-5 in the ninth before roaring back and tying it up on Pagliaroni's grand slam. Three batters later, Russ Nixon's single capped an eight-run inning and won it. Pagliaroni then hit a walk-off dinger in the 13th inning of game two.

On August 6, 1961, Dale Long hit a tying homer in the top of the ninth in both ends of a twinbill, but his Senators dropped both contests in the bottom of the ninth.

How about hitting two go-ahead homers in extra innings? Vern Stephens did it for the Browns on September 29, 1943 and Matt Adams did it for the Cardinals on September 4, 2013.

1 comment:

  1. Great list. So most of these came since 2000? I wonder why