The MLB Postseason shocked fans this October, and provided plenty of entertainment thus far. With the 2022 World Series set for Friday, the postseason showed a slew of great games. One such game occured in the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
The extra-innings contest showed that sometimes less offense makes a better game.
In light of this here are some amazing games in the MLB postseason that played into extra innings.
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2022 ALDS Game 3 Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners
This game showed what playoff baseball was all about. The game does not need a lot of runs to be entertaining, as long as it presents two good teams playing the best each club can play. Game three between the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners provided such entertainment.
It looked like throughout the contest the Houston Astros were due to break through. In the top of the second on a double steal, the Astros put runners on second and third with two outs. The Mariners managed a runner on third with two outs in the home half of the same inning. After that the teams combined to put runners in scoring position nine teams but never capitalized. T
his game showed that great pitching and defense is just as vital, if not more, than a great offense. In 18 innings of work the Astros surrendered seven hits, three walks and struck out 22. For the Mariners, 18 innings, 11 hits, one run, one walk and 20 K’s.
Jeremy Pena provided a solo homer in the top of the 18th, which was one moment from his solid postseason campaign in 2022.
2014 NLDS Game 2 San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals
This game proved to be another pitching duel of sorts. Washington held a 1-0 lead needing three outs in the top of the ninth. Jordan Zimmerman allowed three hits in a shut-out bid, and this was six days after he threw a no-hitter on the last day of the regular season. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Zimmerman walked Joe Panik, which led to him being removed from the game.
San Francisco pounced on the opportunity and tied the game behind an RBI single from Buster Posey.
From there both teams played lock-down baseball as neither team broke through in extra innings.
It was not until the top of the 18th that fans got some excitement. Leading off the top of the 18th Brandon Belt worked a full count before he launched a ball over the right field wall into the second deck. This moonshot gave the Giants a 2-1 lead.
With this win, the Giants posted its’ 10-straight win in the postseason, which dated back to the 2012 National League Championship Series.
1986 NLCS Game 6 New York Mets vs Houston Astros
This game featured plenty of late-inning drama that made this game an instant classic. The Mets sported a league-best 108-54 record heading into the postseason.
The Mets won in extra innings in Game 5 2-1 in New York before heading to Houston for Game 6. This proved a crucial game as New York held a 3-2 lead in the series.
Bob Knepper of the Houston Astros stymied the New York offense. After a disappointing performance in Game 3 of the series, Knepper struck out six and surrendered just two hits heading into the top of the ninth inning.
With the nine, one and two hitters up, it looked like the Mets faced a tough challenge down 3-0 in the top of the ninth. But Lenny Dykstra led off with a triple before being knocked in by Mookie Wilson. Later in the inning, Keith Hernandez drove in Wilson and chased Knepper from the game. Eventually the Mets tied the game in the top of the ninth.
From there both teams played scoreless baseball until the 14th inning. With runners on second and third with one out in the top of the 14th, the Mets drove in one. Billy Hatcher responded in the bottom of the 14th with a solo homer that tied it once again.
The Mets finally broke things open in the top of the 16th as it pushed across three runs that made it 7-4. While the Astros stormed back that made it 7-6, the comeback fell short, and New York won the series 4-2.