The Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners got through 13 innings last night, and still, there was no score. Finally, after hours of shutout baseball by both teams, the White Sox broke through in the top of the 15th with a five-run “offensive explosion.”
Chicago seemed poise to win the game, and sent closer Addison Reed to finish the Mariners off. Reed, who has been dominate this season, came into the game having recorded 17 saves in 18 opportunities, including boasting a 2.35 ERA. Things did not go as swimmingly as he would have hoped, however, getting one out before letting up four straight singles that shrunk the lead to 5-1. After getting Jason Bay to strike out, third baseman Kyle Seager stepped up the plate, and that’s when the real trouble happened; Seager hit a grand slam. Just like that, the game was once again all tied up.
Yet, the Sox were back at it again in the top of the 15th. With Hector Noesi on the mound for the M’s, Chicago got the bases loaded, and there was only one out. Following the crazy, unpredictable script of the game, however, Noesi got the next two batters to strike out, and the inning was over. Reed, who was the White Sox’ final option in the bullpen, began trotting back to the mound. He kept his cool and retired the Mariners in the bottom of the 15th, not even letting up a hit. To the 16th they went…
Chicago center fielder Alejandro De Aza drove in a run, and then scored one as well. Suddenly, they had a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the 16th, with another chance to win it. Reed, who has not pitched more than one inning this entire season, was entering his third inning of work. Nonetheless, he made it look easy, striking out the side and ending the more than 5 ½ hours of play. Addison Reed, who blew the game back in the 14th inning, ended up with his 18th save of the year, improving to 2-0 in the process.
Not only was it an exciting game, but history was made as well. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in Major League Baseball history in which both teams scored at least five runs after the first nine innings were scoreless. Simply put, it was epic.