The 8 craziest things about Wednesday's White Sox-Mariners game

The 8 craziest things about Wednesday's White Sox-Mariners game
June 5, 2013, 8:15 pm
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If you missed Wednesday's White Sox-Mariners game...well, you missed a lot. At least after the 13th inning.

Both teams were scoreless entering the 14th inning. The White Sox scored five times, a seemingly-insurmountable lead in light of a Mariners' offense that was unable to break through against Dylan Axelrod and the entirety of the Sox bullpen. But Seattle strung a few hits together, and with two outs, Kyle Seager belted a 1-2 offering from Addison Reed into right field for a game-tying grand slam.

The White Sox, though, went on to win in 16 innings. The craziest stuff from Wednesday:

1. This graph.

That's the win expectancy graph for Wednesday's game, which shows the chances a team has of winning after any given at-bat. Following Nick Franklin's flyout to lead off the 14th, Seattle had a 0.1 percent chance of winning the game. Thanks to Seager's home run, they nearly what was nearly impossible.

2. Seager's slam was the first home run Addison Reed allowed all year.

Reed had only blown one save all year, too, and that was the product of some control issues in Kansas City. The last home run Reed allowed came to B.J. Upton on Sept. 30, 2012, and Seager was the first player Reed allowed a grand slam to in his three-year major league career.

3. This guy:

Yes, that's a grown man barreling over a small child to try to retrieve a baseball.

4. It was the first game-tying extra-inning grand slam in MLB history.

Seven years ago, Tadahito Iguchi hit a game-tying grand slam that was similarly improbable -- coming on a 3-2 pitch with two out against Brad Lidge -- but that came in the ninth to send that Sox-Astros game into extra innings.

5. Reed became the first Sox reliever in 43 years to allow five or more runs and get a win.

The last guy to do that in a Sox uniform? Floyd Weaver on May 31, 1970. (via Chris Kamka)

6. The game was tied at 0 entering extra innings.

7. Robin Ventura left in the 12th inning.

The Sox skipper had to catch a flight so he could attend his daughter's graduation. Parent took over from there, and said after the game had the game extended past the 16th inning utilityman Casper Wells, who pitched in college, would've taken the mound for the 17th.

8. Reed threw 55 pitches.

He hadn't thrown that many since his college days at San Diego State, where he was a starter for a few years. And too, Reed's longest outing in the majors went 1 1/3 innings, which he blew past in his three innings of work Wednesday.

"I don’t know if I would have been able to go out there for four," Reed said. "I was just trying to make the best pitches I could. I don’t know what my velocity was, but I know it wasn’t up there as it has in the past. physically I felt fine. I was just running out of a little bit of gas but we pulled it off.”