Now Walk It Out…

Calvin.jpgCalvin Anderson’s walk-off single Sunday was his second winner in eight days.  He also beat Jupiter with an 11th inning single last Saturday.

Sunday’s win also happened to be the sixth last-at-bat win/loss for Bradenton over the last nine game.  That got me thinking about last second finishes and I did some work with my good friend Google.

Some random tidbits…

The Atlanta Braves won three straight games in walk-off fashion back at the end of May.  It was the first time the Bravos pulled that off since 1993…that almost dates back to when they were bad…and almost to before Walker Gourley was born (the youngest player for the Marauders this year — born in 1991).  So, yeah, it’s been a while on that front.

10 days ago San Diego pulled off a walk-off win.  It was it’s MLB leading 8th.  The Padres have won 10 games in their last AB.

Most walk-offs of one batter vs. one pitcher….back to Coca-Cola Country.  Andruw Jones won three games off Luis Ayala and the Washinontreal Expotionals in 2004 and 2005 with a double, four pitch walk and a HR.

The coolest thing I stumbled over (nerd-alert) was a study done in the offseason about walk-off wins dating back to the beginning of the Rotosheet era (about the ’50’s).  Some good stuff prior to this season…

  • 9,887 Walk-offs
  • 4,805 of those have come on singles
  • 2,729 have been HR’s
  • Most single season walk-offs: 5 – Rodney Scott ’79 and Wally Joyner ’89
  • Most often the winner comes with one out in the bottom of the 9th…51 more times than with two outs (that’s so close it’s like getting within $200 on your showcase guess for the Price is Right)

Alright…hopefully a win before the 9th inning tonight…first pitch at 7:00 with Jeff Locke on the mound…talk to you then.

– Joel

  • (Photo Courtesy MiLB.com)

 

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About Joel Godett
Joel Godett is in his secod year broadcasting Bradenton Marauders baseball. His career has carried him from Syracuse to Buffalo, Roanoke, Cape Cod, Tampa and Bradenton. He is originally from New Jersey and somehow grew up an Atlanta Braves fan.

One Response to Now Walk It Out…

  1. myers2005@yahoo.com says:

    Great read, can’t wait to read more.

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