Esoteric Boxscore of the Day

September 19, 2005

Consistancy - Singletons IV

Well, here it is! The king of the binary, the most one-derful game of all time!

Preface: On September 4, 1992, the Tigers lost to the Brewers 6-3 in an unusual nine-singleton game. That is to say, the teams' nine single-runs innings accounted for all the scoring. How unusual was that? It was the first time that had occurred in 12 years! Fast forward to:

September 15, 1992
Texas 6, Detroit 5

Today's Boxscore
TEX   1  1  1    0  0  0    1  1  1  -   6 12  1
DET 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 - 5 10 0
Yes, folks, that's a real linescore. And yes, after tying the nine-inning singleton record just 11 days earlier, Detroit helped smash it, combining with Texas for 11 singletons, and nothing else! For the record, the next "best" nine-inning game contained only nine, and that had only been accomplished twice since 1969 (including Detroit's previous one).

What made this game possible was timely hitting--and I mean that in an "Esoteric" way. Before a run was scored, the teams were a combined 6-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Afterwards? How about 0-for-10! And all four home runs came with none on. It's almost as if they were trying to make Esoteric history!

Oddly, in the seven non-scoring innings, there were no hits...the only baserunners came on a walk and a hit batsman. Weirdly efficient for a game with 32 baserunners.

On the "ones" theme Bill Gullickson earned his 11th loss, and Matt Whiteside his first career save. In an somewhat unrelated story, when this one was over, both Gullickson and winning pitcher Jose Guzman sported matching 14-11 records.

Well, that's about it for the singletons. On deck: duos, trios, etc. What the most double-run innings, and more!


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