The Final Score: Griffey Delivers In Thriller In Seattle

Shanan H.Analyst IAugust 13, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 29: Ken Griffey, Jr. #24 of the Seattle Mariners scores a run against the Chicago White Sox on April 29, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Mariners 6-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A thriller last night in Seattle went into the 14th inning before a victor was decided. 

Dubbed "The perfect matchup," Mark Buhrle went on the hill for the Chicago White Sox to face young hard-throwing Mariner's righty Felix Hernandez. And the game was most unquestionably a pitcher's duel. The first run was scored in the bottom of the 14th inning when Ken Griffey, Jr. delivered a walk-off RBI single, giving the Mariners the 1-0 win, and the series win.

The longest scoreless game in Mariners' franchise history ended in the bottom of the 14th inning when Griffey delivered a pinch-hit walk-off single into the right-field corner that scored Adrian Beltre in Seattle's 1-0 victory before 24,427.

The previous club record for longest scoreless game was 10 innings against the Yankees on April 24, 1993, in the Kingdome.

It was one scoreless inning after another, with each team escaping scoring threats.

The clubs combined to go 2-for-22 with runners in scoring position, but only one of those hits mattered -- Griffey's hit off White Sox reliever Tony Pena with two outs and a 1-2 count in the 14th.

His hooking drive to right field landed several feet fair and took one hop off the wall. Beltre, aboard on a single and at second after a walk, coasted around third base for the Mariners' 28th one-run victory of the season and 60th overall.

Hernandez had a surprisingly tough night for a pitcher who let up no runs.  He worked out of multiple jams, including a bases loaded jam where he delivered a strike out to Jayson Nix.

The closest run came in when Hernandez was in another fix after Nix led off with a single to center, went to second on Scott Podsednik's bunt and to third on the second passed ball by Mariners catcher Rob Johnson. Alex Rios, playing his first game for the White Sox after being claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays, hit a medium-deep fly to right field.

Eight-time Gold Glove-winner Ichiro Suzuki put himself in a good throwing position after making the catch, and he delivered a one-hop throw to Johnson, who tagged out Nix.

Mariner's face the Yankees tonight, same time, same place.

The box score:

Chi White SoxABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Podsednik, CF6020024.296
Beckham, 3B6000136.295
Rios, RF6010023.262
Thome, DH4010210.252
Quentin, LF6000035.232
Pierzynski, C5010110.312
Ramirez, A, SS5010023.273
Kotsay, 1B5020112.250
Nix, J, 2B5020115.230
Totals48010061628 

BATTING
2B: Kotsay (5, Hernandez, F).
TB: Podsednik 2; Rios; Thome; Pierzynski; Ramirez, A; Kotsay 3; Nix, J 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nix, J 4; Quentin 3; Beckham.
S: Podsednik; Ramirez, A.
GIDP: Beckham.
Team RISP: 1-for-14.
Team LOB: 14.

BASERUNNING
SB: Beckham (5, 2nd base off Hernandez, F/Johnson, Ro).
PO: Podsednik (3rd base by Johnson, Ro).

FIELDING
E: Ramirez, A (14, fielding).
DP: (Kotsay).
Pickoffs: Buehrle (Beltre at 1st base).

 
SeattleABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Suzuki, I, RF5010110.359
Gutierrez, F, CF5000111.296
Lopez, J, 2B6010014.276
Sweeney, M, DH6000004.232
Beltre, 3B6130001.275
Branyan, 1B5010122.257
Wilson, J, SS1000000.260
  a-Hannahan, PH-SS4010113.217
Johnson, Ro, C5010012.230
  b-Griffey Jr., PH1011000.226
Langerhans, LF4000010.225
Totals481914817 

a-Struck out for Wilson, J in the 5th. b-Singled for Johnson, Ro in the 14th.

BATTING
2B: Suzuki, I (23, Buehrle), Branyan (21, Buehrle).
TB: Suzuki, I 2; Lopez, J; Beltre 3; Branyan 2; Hannahan; Johnson, Ro; Griffey Jr..
RBI: Griffey Jr. (38).
2-out RBI: Griffey Jr..
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gutierrez, F; Hannahan 2; Sweeney, M 2; Lopez, J.
S: Langerhans.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gutierrez, F (8, 2nd base off Linebrink/Pierzynski).
PO: Beltre (1st base by Buehrle).

FIELDING
E: Beltre (11, throw).
PB: Johnson, Ro 2 (8).
Outfield assists: Suzuki, I (Nix, J at home).
DP: 2 (Suzuki, I-Johnson, Ro, Hernandez, F-Lopez, J-Branyan).
Pickoffs: Johnson, Ro (Podsednik at 3rd base).

 
Chi White SoxIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Buehrle8.06001303.70
Thornton2.00000202.55
Jenks2.01001003.83
Linebrink1.00001203.05
Pena, To (L, 6-4)0.22111104.69
 
SeattleIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hernandez, F7.060041002.72
White2.01000003.20
Lowe, M1.02001102.86
Kelley2.00000204.61
Jakubauskas (W, 6-7)2.01001305.44

WP: Hernandez, F, Kelley.
IBB: Suzuki, I (by Buehrle).
Pitches-strikes: Buehrle 107-67, Thornton 25-18, Jenks 25-16, Linebrink 18-11, Pena, To 20-13, Hernandez, F 105-67, White 27-19, Lowe, M 19-12, Kelley 21-16, Jakubauskas 43-32.
Groundouts-flyouts: Buehrle 7-13, Thornton 2-2, Jenks 2-3, Linebrink 1-0, Pena, To 1-0, Hernandez, F 8-2, White 4-2, Lowe, M 0-1, Kelley 3-2, Jakubauskas 3-0.
Batters faced: Buehrle 31, Thornton 6, Jenks 7, Linebrink 4, Pena, To 5, Hernandez, F 29, White 7, Lowe, M 5, Kelley 7, Jakubauskas 8.
Umpires: HP: Casey Moser. 1B: Marvin Hudson. 2B: Angel Hernandez. 3B: Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, In from LF.
T: 3:52.
Att: 24,427.
August 12, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner