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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Last night, the Phillies beat Atlanta, 5-1, and in doing so gave a nice little milestone to manager Charlie Manuel. This win marked Manuel’s 1,000 career victory as a baseball field general. He’s the 59th member of the club and one of eight still managing. (Care to guess who the other still-actives are? Give it a few seconds and check the bottom of this piece.)
Manuel has a pretty good record for a new member, with just 824 losses versus his 1,000 wins. That’s the 19th-fewest losses for a manager who won his 1,000th game. A lot of the guys ahead of him are the really ancient guys. For example, all of the first seven members of the 1,000-win club had fewer than 824 losses when they joined. (Club win-loss records were more extreme back then.)
In the last 50 years, Manuel’s 1,000-824 record is the seventh best of the 35 managers who have joined the club. So welcome to the club, Charlie Manuel.
Now, for the active members of the 1,000-win club, below the fold:
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Twins 3, Indians 0: In only his second major league start Andrew Albers spins a two-hit shutout on a mere 102 pitches. This goes with his eight shutout innings in his first start. As a person who has been writing about baseball professionally for nearly four years, I can tell you with absolute certainty and authority that that's pretty spiffy.
Phillies 5, Braves 1: The good: Cole Hamels went the distance allowing only one run on six hits and striking out nine and, in the process, Charlie Manual won his 1,000th career game. The awful: a fan died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during the rain delay prior to the game's start.
Diamondbacks 7, Orioles 6: The O's held the lead from the first inning through the top of the seventh, lost it in the bottom of the seventh, tied it in the top of the eighth, lost the lead again in the bottom of the eighth, tied it in the top of the ninth and then lost the game on a walkoff homer from Adam Eaton that landed in that pool they have in the outfield at Chase Field. Whew.
Athletics 5, Blue Jays 1: This game ended yesterday before I even knew it was on and games had started. Alberto Callaspo had the go-ahead hit in the ninth. That's two days in a row he played the hero for Oakland, and I bet it's before even most people knew he was on the A's.
Reds 2, Cubs 0: Mat Latos beat Travis Wood in a pitchers duel, throwing eight shutout innings. Brandon Phillips' two-run homer was the only violence done to baseballs in this contest.
Rangers 2, Astros 1: Yu Darvish was perfect into the sixth and had a no-hitter into the eighth before Carlos Corporan turned on a 93 mph fastball and sent it over the right field wall. That was it, though, as Darvish struck out 15. He's 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 50 strikeouts in five starts since returning from the disabled list.
Rockies 14, Padres 2: Hey, some offense. Someone named D.J. LeMahieu -- who I was pretty sure was a winger for the Canucks -- had three hits, including a homer, a double and two RBIs. Those 14 runs are a season high for the Rockies.
Yankees 2, Angels 1: Hiroki Kuroda is having a tremendous season but no one is really talking about it. Eight shutout innings here gives him his 11th win and lowers his ERA to 2.33.
White Sox 6, Tigers 2: Chris Sale went the distance, allowing two runs while scattering nine hits. Josh Phegley had a couple of RBI singles. Miguel Cabrera hit another homer.
Dodgers 4, Mets 2: L.A. wins its sixth in a row. Since June 22 -- the date everyone has decided is the turnaround date for this Dodgers season -- they have gone 38-8, which is their best stretch of 46 games since the team was called the Brooklyn Superbas in 1899. It's the best stretch of 46 games since Oakland went 38-8 in 2001.
Royals 6, Marlins 2: Indians lose, Tigers lose, the Royals keep humming along. They're now in second place, slipping ahead of Cleveland, 6.5 back of Detroit. I know it's crazy to even think it, but the Royals -- thanks to a really dumb schedule this year -- still have 11 head-to-head games against the Tigers. For now they're four out of the Wild Card.
Eighty years ago, Detroit pitcher Vic Sorrell had the game of his life. After some shaky moments early, he won the 1933 version of the Chicago marathon. It wasn’t a running marathon, but a pitching one—and Vic Sorrell threw a 17-inning complete game to lead the Tigers to victory.
Wait, a 17-inning effort? Yowzers—that’s pretty good. It’s rare enough nowadays to see anyone go nine innings, let alone into extra frames. It’s been more than 20 years since anyone went 11 innings in a game—Dave Stewart did it last, on Aug. 1, 1990. No one’s gone 12 innings since knuckleballer Charlie Hough threw 13 innings back in 1986.
Even in the 1970s, when men were men and so were the pitchers, no one ever topped 15 innings in an outing. Even the famous 1963 Warren Spahn-Juan Marichal 1-0 duel in 1963 was a 16-innning game.
For 17 innings, you have to go back to 1955. Vern Law threw 18 for the Pirates.
So 17 innings has been done since Vic Sorrell’s big day, but it was always rare. In fact, since 1930, just 10 times has a pitcher thrown at least 17 innings in a game—and only three times more than 17 innings. (One of those three times happened before Vic Sorrell’s never-ending performance.)
So even if you account for the fact that 1933 was a very different time from now, 17 innings was still a performance to respect.
Initially, Aug. 13, 1933 didn’t look like anything special. In fact, if anything distinguished Sorrell’s pitching in the early phases of the game, it was his inability to hold a lead. After Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, Sorrell coughed it right back, giving up a pair in the bottom of the frame.
When Detroit tied it 2-2 in the seventh, Sorrell let the Sox take a 3-2 lead right after the seventh inning stretch. When Detroit pushed a pair across the plate against Chicago starter Jake Miller in the eighth for a 4-3 Tiger advantage, Sorrell immediately surrendered two runs to Chicago in the bottom of the eighth.
Maddeningly, he’d let the Sox take the lead three times—including twice late. Admittedly, two of the five runs he’d allowed were unearned due to a pair of Tiger errors, but still, this was far from the stuff of pitching legends. By modern standards there’s no way Sorrell would pitch the bottom of the ninth—if there even would be one. Then again, by modern standards, Sorrell wouldn’t have survived the eighth. But this was one day the old ways made for some memorable baseball.
In fact, the Tigers did score a run to tie it 5-5 in the ninth off reliever (and future Hall of Famer) Ted Lyons. And this time, Sorrell held the lead. He’d already let his teammates down repeatedly and he wasn't going to do it again. If that meant he had to wear out the durable Ted Lyons, then that’s just what he was going to do.
Inning after inning passed, but neither team could find that extra run. They had their opportunities—both teams would collect 17 hits on the day—but no one could bunch them together. And Sorrell, after wearying in the late innings of regulation, had found his second wind.
Finally, in the top of the 17th, the Tigers pushed another run across for a 6-5 lead. In the bottom of the 17th, Sorrell came out to shut down Chicago. Twice earlier in the day he came out with a newly earned one-run lead, and both times he’d surrendered two runs to give the lead back. But the third time would be the charm for Sorrell – he shut down Chicago for another goose egg on the scoreboard. And Detroit had won, 6-5.
Sorrell had allowed 17 hits, but 15 were singles, and the other two doubles. He’d walked just four batters. And when it’s mostly singles you’re giving up, you can keep the other side from scoring.
It was a hard-earned win for Vic Sorrell—and he earned it 80 years ago today.
Aside from that, many other baseball events today celebrate their anniversary or “day-versary” (which is something that happened X-thousand days ago). Here they are, with the better ones in bold if you’d rather just skim.
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