The Cleveland Guardians beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 Wednesday night to earn the series split and win the overall season series ten games to nine, but how they came back to win was especially notable.
The Guardians scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth, but it was after striking out three times in the inning. It’s the first time since at least 1961 (the beginning of the Expansion Era) that a team scored six or more runs in an inning after striking out three times.
The Guardians were able to pull this off, of course, after Tigers catcher Eric Haase lost the third strike on Cleveland catcher Luke Maile, who scampered down to the first after the ball rolled all the way to the backstop.
Then the floodgates opened, and the Tigers suffered a barrage of perfectly placed hits that culminated in one of the weirdest collapses you’ll ever see: