Saturday, April 11, 2015

The numbers inside 19-inning Yankees/Red Sox game

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox began the first game of their three-game series in the Bronx just after 7 p.m. EST and over seven hours later the visitors hung on to a 6-5 victory.

The game had a little bit of everything you could imagine in the course of 19 innings – good pitching, timely hitting, errors, misplays, bad base-running, lighting issues, terrible home plate officiating, game-tying homers, elation and anguish.

Let’s break down what went down with a tribute to the numbers 1-19:

1 – pickoff
2 – game-tying home runs (Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira)
3 – HBP
4 – Garrett Jones AB AFTER he entered the game as a pinch-runner for Alex Rodriguez
5 – hits with 28 runners in scoring position combined
6 – straight scoreless innings from 10th to the 15th
7 – groundouts recorded by Nathan Eovaldi
8 – AB without a hit for Mike Napoli
9 – AB for Jacoby Ellsbury
10 – total players with at least 2 hits
11– ridiculous calls behind the plate by Marty Foster (if not more)
12 – scoreless innings in entire game
13 – Yankees left on base
14 – total walks
15 – Red Sox down on strikes
16 – minute delay due to lights not working
17 – total pitchers used
18 – Red Sox hits
19 – innings

Bonus numbers:

34 – Teixeira’s age at start of game
35 – Teixeira at end of game
628 – total pitches were thrown (296 for Boston and 332 for New York)

It was quite a game and it will be interesting to see how the teams look Saturday less than 12 hours from the end of the marathon.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance baseball writer. Besides his work here, Christopher is a correspondent for FantasyPros, where he writes a weekly column covering the closer/bullpen situations around Major League Baseball. His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports, the FanSided network, Sportsideo and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.