What an inning.
Sixteen years ago, Detroit and Texas played in one of the more incredible games in Rangers history.
The Tigers led 7-4 after four innings, most of the runs coming off Rangers starter R.A. Dickey.
Doug Brocail was on the hill to open the fifth. Everything went downhill from there. He pitched to five batters, walking four and giving up a two-run single. His replacement Ron Mahay pitched to seven batters, retiring two, hitting one, and giving up four singles. By the time Jay Powell locked down the final out, the Tigers had scored eight runs in the inning to take a 14-4 lead.
But, here’s what happened next.
Michael Young led off with a single.
Hank Blalock homered. 14-6.
Alfonso Soriano doubled.
Herbert Perry homered. 14-8.
Mark Teixeira walked. Brian Jordan walked. Eric Young walked.
David Delluchi singed. 14-10.
Gerald Laird singled. 14-11.
Michael Young struck out.
Soriano singled. 14-13.
Perry singled. 14-14.
Jordan hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Rangers gave up eight in the top of the inning but scored ten in their half to tie it. Pudge Rodriguez put the Tigers back up the next inning, but Texas eventually won 16-15 off a Michael Young walk off single in the bottom of the tenth.
What a game. But what a fifth inning. One hundred pitches were thrown. In just one inning. It lasted one hour and eighteen minutes. Seven pitchers were used, abused might be the better word. Twenty-eight batters.
Thirteen hits. Nine walks, one hit batter, two wild pitches. And eighteen total runs crossed the plate.
A 16-15 walk-off win, overcoming a ten-run deficit.