It was a multi-historic day at Safeco Field, but the Mariners weren’t rewarded with a win, as they fell to the Chicago White Sox, 7-5, in 16 innings.
The teams had played a Mariners’ record-tying 13 scorless innings before the Sox errupted for five runs in the top of the 14th … which the Mariners then matched in the bottom half with the big blow being a Kyle Seager grand slam
It was the first time that any team ever scored five or more runs that late in a game to tie. Ever. Anyone.
It also was first game in MLB history where each team scored 5-plus runs in the game after going scoreless through nine.
And Seager became the first player ever to hit a grand slam in extra innings to tie a game.
The game lasted five hours and 42 minutes.
16th: Chicago gets two runs to take a 7-5 lead. And this time the Mariners don’t have another comeback in them, going down 1, 2, 3.
15th: White Sox load the bases with one out. But get nothing more across. The Mariners get a walk, but go quietly. 5-5.
14th:The top of the Chicago order opens the inning with a walk and two singles, and we finally have a score: Sox, 1-0; still no outs. Farquhar our, Noesi in. (And seagull patience has run out, as they are swarming the upper deck.) By the time the top half ends, the White Sox have batted around and are up, 5-0. Lots of fans head to exits. The rest stick around for what had better be a supercharged 14th inning stretch. … And it was. Kyle Seager hit his first career grand slam to complete a five-run rally, and we now head into the 15th, tied 5-5.
13th:Sox get a two-out double by Beckham, but he’s left there. In the bottom half, no runs, but another double-play. The scoreless record has been matched.
12th: Eleven scoreless innings ties for second-longest scoreless game in Mariners history. It’s been done three other times. Record is 13 scoreless, in 2009 — against the White Sox. … Sox scoreless again, with Farquhar reliving Perez to end the inning. Mariners go 1-2-3, though Bay put one to the warning track, which certainly should be worth a run today. But since it isn’t this is now the second-longest scoreless game in Mariners history. And the record is six outs away.
11th: Sox get runns to first and second, but that’s it. In bottom half, Mariners finally go through an inning without a base runner. 0-0.
Tenth: First two Sox get on, but Mariners get out of it with DP and then Charlie Furbush comes on to retire pinch hitter and ex-Mariner Casper Wells. In the bottom half, Ibanez strikes out with two outs, two on on. 0-0.
Ninth: Life isn’t fair: No decision for Iwakuma as Yoervis Medina comes out for top half. Iwakuma went eight, allowing three hits, no walks, striking out five. ERA dips below 2. Medina allows lead-off single, then gets the rest. In bottom half, a lead-off double by Franklin is wasted. 0-0, and into extra innings.
Eighth inning:Sixteen staight outs for Iwakuma. Although the 16th didn’t come easy, with Morales going head-first fully into the stands to grab a pop foul. Morales single only action of bottom half, too. 0-0.
Seventh inning: Thirteen straight retired. This time with exceptional help from Nick Franklin who made the game-highlight defensive play going down to his left before throwing out Alex Rios. Stoppach opens Mariners half with single, but nothing comes of it as Mariners hit into fifth double play. 0-0.
Sixth inning: Now 10 straight Sox retired. Mariners again get runners on, but again bring no one home. 0-0. Also, Sox bring in reliever Hector Santiago.
Fifth inning: Three up three down for Sox. Iwakuma has retired seven straight. Mariners once again threaten without actually getting on the scoreboard. This time they get the bases loaded with one out … but Jason Bay grounds into double play. 0-0.
Fourth inning: Sox go in order. Mariners get their best chance as Seager leads with a double, then moves to third on Morales grounder. But after an Ibanez walk, Franklin flies to right, and Seager is thrown out at the plate. 0-0.
Third inning: Sox get a sinle from Hector Gimenez, and that’s it. In Mariners’ half, Brendan Ryan singles. 0-0.
Second inning: The double play works in Mariners favor this time, erasing a Paul Konerko single. In the bottom half, Franklin walks, and then steals second and third. But strikeouts by Saunders and Shoppach strand him there. 0-0.
First inning: Sox get leadoff single from Alejandro De Aza. But then he’s caught stealing and they end up going down in order. In the bottom half, Mariners get singles from Bay and Seager, but double-play ends brief threat.
Play ball: We’ve just had our first pitch at sunny Safeco Field. White Sox and Mariners concluding their series.
Pregame: Game is on Root and 710-AM.