Imagine this: 43 runs on just 28 hits, along with 31 walks, six batters hit, eight wild pitches, two balks and 14 – count them, 14 – errors. Imagine no more, because this is what the box score marker looked like after one of the wildest baseball games in history:
The Seattle Mariners, Dominican Republic Summer League Branch, defeated the affiliate right there of the New York Yankees from DSL, by slate of 22-21, in 10 innings, today Thursday night, and it was as crazy as it sounds:
Things got off to an unremarkable start, with the Yankees taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks, in part, to a starting home run by Daury Arias, the only home run of this wild competition.
The Mariners then responded with a six-run second inning, one in which Yankees starter Carlos Rosario threw two wild pitches and hit two batters, so things got a little weirder. But the madness had only just begun.
In the third, Yankees catcher Jesus Rodriguez made two consecutive throwing errors in attempts to catch a stealing running back, leading to a Mariners run. In the fifth inning, Mariners left-hander Harold Melenge committed not one, but two balks. That led to two runs scored, including the tie, making it 8-8.
Take a deep breath, there is so much more. Already a memorably bizarre game at 13-10 heading into the ninth inning with the Yankees up front, here’s where things really got off the rails:
The Mariners posted a bunch of six for the second time in the game, taking a 16-13 lead in the bottom of the ninth, looking to end the chaos. But it couldn’t be that simple, not in this contest. The Yankees scored three in the bottom, to tie the game at 16 apiece.
To extra tickets! The Mariners had an automatic runner on second to start the 10th. One single, two errors, three walks and one hit per pitch later, the Mariners were up, 22-16.
Pretty good cushion heading to the bottom of the tenth, right? Not so fast. Mariners reliever Brayan Diaz walked three batters in a row to open the frame, and the chaotic competition seemed far from over. But then Diaz managed to get the next two batters out with a grounder and a lineout. Victory in this incredible matter was one step away.
The next two Yankees batters each hit a single, and each of those plays involved a Mariners’ pitching error. It was now 22-21, with the Mariners hanging by a thread.
The next batter, Joel Méndez, grounded out to third and Nelson Medina, representing the tying run for the Yankees, was tagged for elimination by Mariners third baseman Luis Suisbel.
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And it’s over, six hours and 35 minutes after the first pitch was released. Believe it or not, the DSL Yankees are unfamiliar with incredible boxing scores like this: In 2019, they beat the DSL Twins, 38-2. In a game. The DSL (Dominican Summer League) is wild. What will happen next?.