Everybody loves a comeback story, and with thousands of games across the Minor Leagues each season, comebacks can range from the garden variety to “did that really just happen?” Consider the 2014 Clinton LumberKings, who trailed a game 17-1 after five innings before scoring 19 unanswered runs on the way
Everybody loves a comeback story, and with thousands of games across the Minor Leagues each season, comebacks can range from the garden variety to “did that really just happen?” Consider the 2014 Clinton LumberKings, who trailed a game 17-1 after five innings before scoring 19 unanswered runs on the way to a 20-17 win. Yes. Really.
The 2019 season may not have had a 16-run rally, but it still had some absolutely wild ones. For the latest MiLB.TV Game of the Week, presented by Applegate, here are four of the most thrilling come-from-behind games of last season. Head to Twitter to vote on which one will be streamed on Facebook Live this Thursday!
El Paso scores 10 in ninth, walks off Round Rock
The Chihuahuas were riding five straight losses and trailed by seven headed into the ninth inning on Aug. 9 against the Express. With one out and a runner at first, the home team caught fire. The next nine batters reached base with five driving in at least one run before Esteban Quiroz dealt the knockout blow. Pinch hitting in the three-hole in El Paso’s order, the infielder pummeled a walk-off grand slam to right field. Not only did the clout seal the Chihuahuas’ improbable win, it also set a Pacific Coast League record as El Paso’s 232nd home run of the year. Full Story | Highlight: Quiroz's record-breaking slam | Watch Game
Down 10 with one out left, Lake Elsinore storms back
Whereas El Paso had two outs to work with and seven runs to go on Aug. 9, Lake Elsinore was down to its final one and trailed by 10 five nights later in Lancaster. It didn’t stop the Storm. Lake Elsinore went pop out/single/fly out to open the ninth. The next 11 batters reached, all but one on a walk or a single, and the Storm chipped away until Gabriel Arias lashed an RBI knock to center field to plate Xavier Edwards with the tying run. After the JetHawks sent the minimum to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, the Storm capped their remarkable rally with a run on Tirso Ornelas’ single in the top of the 10th that plated automatic runner Eguy Rosario. Lake Elsinore reliever Fred Schlichtholz held the line in the bottom of the 10th, fanning a pair to secure the stunning victory. Full Story | Highlight: Storm mount epic comeback | Watch Game
Blue Wahoos pound out 21 knocks in wild slugfest win
Base hits were at anything but a premium the night before Independence Day in Pensacola as the Blue Wahoos and visiting Mississippi Braves combined to rack up 36 of them. Most went in favor of the visitors, who built a 13-6 lead after six and a half innings before the Wahoos began to pull their way back. Three straight Pensacola batters reached to kick off the turnaround inning as 12 went to the plate in a seven-run seventh that tied the game. That frame featured big blows from Lewin Diaz, who powered a three-run double to center, and Ben Rortvedt, who launched a two-run homer two batters later. In the eighth Rortvedt came through again with a go-ahead single to give Pensacola the lead for good. Eight of the Blue Wahoos’ nine hitters had at least two knocks on the day with four having three-hit games or better. Highlight: Rortvedt gives Wahoos the lead | Watch Game
After sluggish start, Sod Poodles roar back
Northwest Arkansas busted out of the gate with three runs in the first, one in the third and three more in the fourth to build a 7-0 lead after three and a half innings. Then, after notching just one hit their first three innings, Amarillo began to come alive. Sparked by a two-run double from Luis Torrens in the bottom of the fourth, the eventual Texas League-champion Soddies caught fire. Edward Olivares played a key role for Amarillo, belting a solo homer to start a five-run sixth, singling home the lone run of the seventh and capping his team’s scoring with a three-run blast to finish a four-run eighth that broke an 8-8 tie on the way to the home team’s victory. Olivares drove in five runs, and his team went 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position to capture the comeback triumph. Full Story | Highlight: Olivares hammers second homer | Watch Game
Tyler Maun is a reporter for MiLB.com and co-host of “The Show Before The Show” podcast. You can find him on Twitter @tylermaun.