The way the Red Sox and Indians were battling last night it was hard to believe that either of these two teams were heading to the postseason, but one or both look like they are headed that way. In a see-saw game that gave true meaning to term “last licks,” Boston prevailed when Christian Vazquez hit a two-run 9th inning walk off homer.
Nine to Know: Walkoff HR Leaders
- Bryce Harper, Kendrys Morales, and Steve Pearce have each hit two walkoff homers this season
- Jose Ramirez, Bryan Shaw, Bud Norris, Jason Grilli, and Santiago Casilla have each allowed two walkoff homers
- The Oakland A’s lead with seven walkoff homers and the Blue Jays are next with five. The Pirates lead the NL with three.
- The Blue Jays have hit five walkoff homers and allowed five walkoffs homers (the most in the majors)
- There have been four walkoff grand slams this season: two by Steve Pearce, and one each from Matt Holliday and Edwin Encarnacion; the Angels are the only team to allow two walkoff slams
- Pearce’s granny against Norris was an Ultimate Slam as the Jays were down by three, however it was not an Ultimate Ultimate as there was only one out
- There have been 18 solo walkoffs this season
- 27 of the walkoff homers have come in the 9th inning, 23 in extras
- 40 have come with the game tied, ten, including Vasquez’s last night, have come with the team trailing
Did you know?
- 26 teams have hit walkoff homers
- 23 teams have been walkoff home run victims
- In total, there have been 29 teams this season who have been involved with walkoff homers one way or another.
- The only team missing from the mix?
- The Los Angeles Dodgers
The 50 walkoff homers of 2017