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Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays, Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, Ontario
July 9, 1988


Introduction

In 1977, the American League expanded from 12 to 14 teams, adding new teams in Seattle and Toronto. Over the next eleven seasons, the Mariners and Blue Jays had gone in somewhat different directions. The Blue Jays had a winning record for the first time in 1983, won the American League East for the first time in 1985, and narrowly missed winning the division in 1987. The Blue Jays entered the 1988 season with five consecutive winning seasons.

The Seattle Mariners, on the other hand, entered the 1988 season having never had a winning season.

The 1988 season had not started out quite so well for the Blue Jays, however, and they entered their final series before the All-Star break with a record of 40-45. Their Friday night win over the Mariners improved their record to 41-45 and dropped the Mariners record to 33-52.

The pitching matchup for Game Two of the series was rookie Todd Stottlemyre (3-7, 4.54 ERA) versus Scott Bankhead (3-3, 2.98 ERA).

First Inning
Harold Reynolds, more recently of MLB Network fame, got things started on the right foot for the Mariners with a leadoff single. Reynolds stole second base (fun fact: Reynolds led the American League in stolen bases in 1987 with 60, making him the only player other than Rickey Henderson to lead the AL in stolen bases in a season during the 1980s) and took third base as Rey Quinones singled to center field. Blue Jays center fielder, Sil Campusano, bobbled the ball, allowing Quinones to reach second base.

The next batter, Mickey Brantley hit a fly ball to Campusano, scoring Reynolds with the game's first run. Campusano made his second error in as many plays, letting Quinones get to third base. But the next batter, Ken Phelps popped out to the shortstop and the Mariners had to settle for just a single run.

Scott Bankhead came out to protect the lead and he started strong, retiring the first two batters. But reigning AL MVP George Bell doubled to left field and Kelly Gruber did the same and the score was tied at one. The Blue Jays briefly threatened to add on as Ernie Whitt walked, but Jesse Barfield hit into a force play and the inning was over.

Second Inning
The Mariners' leadoff batter reached base safely for the second consecutive inning, this time via a Jim Presley walk. He took second on a ground-out and scored on a single to center field by Greg Briley and the Mariners regained the lead, 2-1. Reynolds followed with a single to left field. Briley took third on the play and Reynolds advanced to second on the throw to third, putting two Mariners in scoring position with only one out. But Quinones popped out, Brantley lined out, and the inning was over with no further scoring.

The bottom of the second inning was the first scoreless half-inning of the game as Bankhead pitched a 1-2-3 inning including a strikeout of Sil Campusano.

Third Inning
The Mariners got the leadoff hitter on first base for the third straight inning. And for the second time in three innings, the second batter also reached base, as Ken Phelps and Scott Bradley singled. But Steve Balboni struck out, Presley hit into a force play (advancing Phelps to third base), and Dave Valle grounded out, and the Mariners failed to score for the first time in the game.

The Blue Jays, however, did not fail to score, as doubles by Rance Mulliniks and Kelly Gruber tied the score 2-2 through three innings.

Fourth Inning
The game was not tied for long, however. Greg Briley led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run and the Mariners had a 3-2 lead. But they were not content to stop at one run this time.

Final damage for the inning: 5 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, and the Mariners led 7-2.
Scott Bankhead continued his mostly solid pitching, working around a two-out walk to pitch a scoreless bottom of the fourth inning.

Fifth Inning
The fifth inning saw a bit of a break in the action. The Mariners were retired 1-2-3 for the first time in the game. And the Blue Jays would have also been retired 1-2-3 but for a two-out error by third baseman Jim Presley. But the next batter, Kelly Gruber, flew to right field and no harm was done.

Sixth Inning
Mark Eichhorn came out for his third inning of work in relief for the Blue Jays. This was nothing terribly unusual for Eichhorn. In 1987, he led the American League with 89 games pitched in which he pitched a total of 127-2/3 innings. That was actually a big letdown from 1986, when Eichhorn pitched 157 innings, all in relief, in 69 games. Eichhorn had entered this game having pitched 56 innings in 31 of the Blue Jays' first 85 games.

The Mariners' leadoff batter reached for the fifth time in six innings (a John Rabb single). And the Mariners' second batter of the inning reached safely for the fourth time - a Scott Bradley single. Eichhorn retired the next two batters, but couldn't get the third: Dave Valle doubled, scoring Bradley and Balboni (who had reached via a force play). Eichhorn got Greg Briley to foul out for the third out.

Briley was the last batter Eichhorn faced in this game. In fact, he was the last batter Eichhorn faced for almost two months.

Scott Bankhead showed a bit of weakness in the bottom of the inning - or perhaps just boredom from pitching with a 9-2 lead. Regardless, the Blue Jays scored a run on three hits - a Whitt double, an RBI single by Rick Leach, and a wasted single by Manuel Lee.

But the run hardly mattered as the Mariners led 9-3 with three innings remaining.

Seventh Inning
The seventh inning saw new pitchers for both teams. Jim Clancy pitched a 3-batter top of the seventh that went K-W-GDP. Mike Jackson (the pitcher, not the singer) also allowed a walk but struck out three batters.

Eighth Inning
Clancy's second inning of work was a lot like his first, except that it was a single that preceded the inning-ending double play. Jackson also allowed his first hit, a one-out double by Rick Leach, but, like Clancy, pitched his second scoreless inning of relief.

Ninth Inning
And so the game moved to the ninth inning with the Mariners still leading 9-3.

Clancy pitched his third straight 3-batter inning in the top of the ninth (this one his first 1-2-3 inning; no double play needed).

The Mariners turned to their third pitcher of the game, Rod Scurry, to close things out. Scurry started strong, striking out Nelson Liriano (who had entered the game defensively in the eighth inning) to start the inning. But two of the next three batters - Rance Mulliniks and Cecil Fielder (the latter of whom had entered the game defensively in the top of the inning - playing third base for the last time in his major-league career) - singled. But Scurry bore down and got Ernie Whitt to fly out to right field and Mariners had won the game.

Game Summary

Looking at the Player won-lost tables later in the article, it's hard to pick out a game MVP for the Mariners. This was a real team effort - at least on the offensive side. Nine different Mariners had either a run scored or an RBI (or both) in the game. On the pitching side, neither Bankhead (7 hits, 2 walks in 6 innings) nor Scurry (2 hits in 1 inning) were great but neither were particularly bad and Mike Jackson pitched two solid innings. Overall, a nice solid team win for a team that didn't get too many of those (they finished the season in seventh place in the AL West with a record of 68-93).

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, won the next game and six of their next seven to get up to 0.500. They puttered around a bit more but a six-game winning streak to start the month of September finally put them over 0.500 to stay. They finished the season in third place with a record of 87-75. The 1988 season was the sixth of what would eventually be eleven consecutive winning seasons which culminated with back-to-back World Series wins in 1992 and 1993.

Details of the game are shown below. First, I show Player won-lost records for all of the players who participated in the game. Baseball Player won-lost records are constructed so that the players on the winning team earn two pWins and one pLoss in the game while the players on the losing team earn one pWin and two pLosses. I also show expected wins and losses, eWins and eLosses, which are context-neutral. Full play by play details of the game are shown below the won-lost tables. My Player won-lost records are described in more detail in this article and throughout my website.

Retrosheet Box Score and Play-by-Play


Runs by Inning

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Final
Seattle Mariners1105020009
Toronto Blue Jays1010010003


Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Seattle Mariners
Scott Bradley0.260.05
0.21
0.260.080.18
Greg Briley0.280.06
0.21
0.210.090.12
Harold Reynolds0.230.04
0.19
0.140.100.04
Steve Balboni0.290.14
0.15
0.190.180.01
Scott Bankhead0.280.13
0.15
0.290.250.04
Rey Quinones0.220.08
0.14
0.140.100.04
Jim Presley0.150.08
0.08
0.130.14-0.01
Mike R. Jackson0.020.01
0.02
0.110.080.03
Mike Kingery0.010.00
0.01
0.050.040.01
Rod Scurry0.000.00
0.00
0.050.050.01
Henry Cotto0.000.00
0.00
0.010.02-0.02
Ken Phelps0.050.06
-0.01
0.040.05-0.02
Dave Valle0.050.08
-0.03
0.100.080.03
John Rabb0.010.07
-0.06
0.050.08-0.03
Mickey Brantley0.150.21
-0.06
0.100.19-0.09
Team Totals21
1
1.881.530.34
   
   
Toronto Blue Jays
Kelly Gruber0.220.03
0.19
0.220.040.17
John Cerutti0.060.04
0.02
0.030.010.02
Rance Mulliniks0.050.04
0.01
0.090.070.02
Jim Clancy0.000.00
0.00
0.120.050.07
Cecil Fielder0.000.00
0.00
0.050.010.04
Nelson Liriano0.000.00
-0.00
0.020.02-0.01
Fred McGriff0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.02-0.02
George Bell0.130.13
-0.00
0.150.120.03
Ernie Whitt0.020.05
-0.03
0.090.09-0.00
Rick Leach0.030.08
-0.04
0.150.080.07
Jesse Barfield0.080.12
-0.04
0.060.10-0.04
Sil Campusano0.040.16
-0.12
0.140.17-0.03
Tony Fernandez0.030.16
-0.12
0.050.15-0.10
Manuel Lee0.010.21
-0.19
0.070.21-0.13
Mark Eichhorn0.020.27
-0.24
0.120.29-0.17
Todd Stottlemyre0.290.72
-0.43
0.160.44-0.27
Team Totals12
-1
1.531.88-0.34


Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Detail

Player Won-Lost Records: Batting
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Seattle Mariners
Scott Bradley0.240.01
0.23
0.200.020.18
Greg Briley0.240.01
0.23
0.180.040.14
Harold Reynolds0.180.02
0.16
0.110.050.06
Steve Balboni0.280.13
0.15
0.180.150.03
Rey Quinones0.180.07
0.11
0.120.090.03
Jim Presley0.090.06
0.03
0.080.080.00
Henry Cotto0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.02-0.02
Ken Phelps0.040.05
-0.01
0.030.04-0.01
Dave Valle0.050.08
-0.03
0.100.070.03
Mickey Brantley0.130.17
-0.04
0.040.15-0.10
John Rabb0.010.06
-0.06
0.040.07-0.03
Team Totals1.440.67
0.77
1.090.780.31
   
   
Toronto Blue Jays
Kelly Gruber0.170.01
0.16
0.140.020.12
Rance Mulliniks0.050.04
0.01
0.090.070.03
Cecil Fielder0.000.00
0.00
0.040.010.03
Fred McGriff0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.02-0.02
Nelson Liriano0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.02-0.02
Manuel Lee0.010.03
-0.02
0.050.08-0.03
Ernie Whitt0.010.04
-0.02
0.080.060.02
Rick Leach0.010.04
-0.03
0.100.060.04
George Bell0.020.05
-0.03
0.100.050.05
Sil Campusano0.010.04
-0.03
0.060.09-0.03
Jesse Barfield0.000.07
-0.07
0.000.08-0.08
Tony Fernandez0.000.09
-0.09
0.000.09-0.09
Team Totals0.290.41
-0.13
0.660.650.02


Player Won-Lost Records: Baserunning
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Seattle Mariners
Harold Reynolds0.050.01
0.04
0.030.04-0.01
Rey Quinones0.030.01
0.03
0.020.010.02
Jim Presley0.020.00
0.02
0.010.000.01
Greg Briley0.020.00
0.02
0.010.000.01
Scott Bradley0.010.00
0.00
0.010.000.01
John Rabb0.000.00
0.00
0.010.010.00
Steve Balboni0.000.00
0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Dave Valle0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Mike Kingery0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Ken Phelps0.000.01
-0.00
0.000.01-0.01
Team Totals0.140.04
0.10
0.100.080.02
   
   
Toronto Blue Jays
Cecil Fielder0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Manuel Lee0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Kelly Gruber0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
George Bell0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Sil Campusano0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Rance Mulliniks0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.01-0.00
Ernie Whitt0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.02-0.02
Rick Leach0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.01-0.00
Team Totals0.000.01
-0.00
0.110.11-0.00


Player Won-Lost Records: Pitching
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Seattle Mariners
Scott Bankhead0.280.13
0.15
0.290.250.04
Mike R. Jackson0.020.01
0.02
0.110.080.03
Rod Scurry0.000.00
0.00
0.050.050.01
Team Totals0.300.14
0.17
0.560.500.07
   
   
Toronto Blue Jays
John Cerutti0.060.04
0.02
0.030.010.02
Jim Clancy0.000.00
0.00
0.120.050.07
Mark Eichhorn0.020.27
-0.24
0.120.29-0.17
Todd Stottlemyre0.290.72
-0.43
0.160.44-0.27
Team Totals0.391.03
-0.65
0.440.78-0.35


Player Won-Lost Records: Fielding
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Seattle Mariners
Jim Presley0.050.01
0.03
0.030.05-0.01
Mike Kingery0.010.00
0.01
0.050.040.01
Steve Balboni0.010.01
0.01
0.010.02-0.01
Rey Quinones0.000.00
0.00
0.000.01-0.01
Dave Valle0.000.00
0.00
0.000.000.00
Henry Cotto0.000.00
0.00
0.010.000.00
Harold Reynolds0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.02-0.02
Scott Bradley0.010.03
-0.02
0.050.06-0.01
Mickey Brantley0.020.04
-0.02
0.050.040.01
Greg Briley0.010.05
-0.04
0.020.05-0.03
Team Totals0.120.15
-0.04
0.230.29-0.06
   
   
Toronto Blue Jays
Kelly Gruber0.050.02
0.03
0.080.020.06
Jesse Barfield0.080.05
0.03
0.060.020.04
George Bell0.100.08
0.03
0.050.07-0.02
Nelson Liriano0.000.00
0.00
0.020.000.01
Cecil Fielder0.000.00
0.00
0.010.000.01
Fred McGriff0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Ernie Whitt0.010.02
-0.01
0.010.01-0.01
Rick Leach0.020.03
-0.01
0.050.020.03
Tony Fernandez0.030.06
-0.03
0.050.06-0.01
Sil Campusano0.030.12
-0.08
0.080.080.00
Manuel Lee0.000.17
-0.17
0.020.12-0.11
Team Totals0.330.55
-0.22
0.430.410.02




Play-by-Play Summary

Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 1st Inning
Sreynh001stott001000.04620.00380.03510.0040
SB2quinr001stott001reynh001000.02970.00000.02340.0003
S8.2-3;B-2(E8)quinr001stott001reynh001000.09560.01620.05390.0506
8/SF.3-H(UR);2-3(E8)branm001stott001quinr001reynh001010.02970.00710.01640.0126
6/Pphelk001stott001quinr001120.00040.04790.00030.0408
Wbrads001stott001quinr001220.03050.00180.02640.0010
9/Lbalbs001stott001brads001quinr001230.04990.08180.02800.0519
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Bottom of 1st Inning
53/BGfernt001banks001010.00000.03920.00000.0327
7mullr001banks001120.00000.01950.00000.0204
D7bellg001banks001220.01730.00000.05640.0000
D7.2-Hgrubk001banks001bellg001220.08080.00000.05650.0003
Wwhite002banks001grubk001220.00500.00000.02650.0003
54(1)/FObarfj001banks001white002grubk001230.00000.04190.00030.0212
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 2nd Inning
Wpresj001stott001000.04670.00000.02640.0000
3/G.1-2valld001stott001presj001010.02400.03960.01020.0278
S8.2-Hbrilg001stott001presj001110.09650.00500.05400.0025
S7.1-3;B-2(TH3)reynh001stott001brilg001110.10750.01510.06260.0059
3/Pquinr001stott001reynh001brilg001120.00220.04940.00040.0401
7/Lbranm001stott001reynh001brilg001230.10140.13590.02870.0500
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Bottom of 2nd Inning
3/Gleacr001banks001010.00000.02820.00000.0205
Kcamps001banks001120.00000.01940.00000.0202
7lee-m001banks001230.00000.01090.00000.0204
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 3rd Inning
S8phelk001stott001000.04280.00230.03390.0027
S9.1-2brads001stott001phelk001000.08860.01370.04420.0165
Kbalbs001stott001brads001phelk001010.00000.03820.00000.0210
64(1)/FO.2-3presj001stott001brads001phelk001120.04170.05440.03620.0397
53valld001stott001presj001phelk001230.00060.04440.00110.0214
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 3rd Inning
6/FLfernt001banks001010.00000.02950.00000.0189
D9mullr001banks001110.04590.00000.05540.0000
3/Pbellg001banks001mullr001120.00040.04770.00190.0179
D8.2-Hgrubk001banks001mullr001220.08940.00000.05550.0003
Kwhite002banks001grubk001230.00010.03200.00010.0205
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 4th Inning
HRbrilg001stott001000.15330.00000.12970.0000
Wreynh001stott001000.04410.00000.02640.0000
S8.1-2quinr001stott001reynh001000.08260.00930.03900.0109
9.2-3branm001ceruj001quinr001reynh001010.02770.03260.00640.0193
FC5.3XH(52);1-2;B-1rabbj001ceruj001quinr001reynh001120.00170.06340.00090.0441
S4.2-H(E4/TH);1-3;B-1brads001ceruj001rabbj001quinr001220.13900.00110.08240.0012
HR.3-H;1-Hbalbs001eichm001brads001rabbj001220.22410.00090.13020.0009
HPpresj001eichm001220.00320.00000.02640.0000
S7.1-2valld001eichm001presj001220.00800.00230.04080.0098
Kbrilg001eichm001valld001presj001230.00000.00610.00000.0208
Total Runs Scored:5
 
Bottom of 4th Inning
Kbarfj001banks001010.00000.01490.00000.0202
8leacr001banks001120.00000.00990.00000.0198
Wcamps001banks001220.00480.00000.02640.0000
8/Llee-m001banks001camps001230.00340.01780.01390.0370
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 5th Inning
7reynh001eichm001010.00000.00380.00000.0204
43quinr001eichm001120.00000.00280.00000.0205
8branm001eichm001230.00000.00160.00000.0198
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 5th Inning
9fernt001banks001010.00000.01490.00000.0211
7mullr001banks001120.00000.00940.00000.0204
E5bellg001banks001220.00560.00180.04220.0087
9grubk001banks001bellg001230.00000.00980.00020.0216
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 6th Inning
S7rabbj001eichm001000.00750.00110.03720.0051
S8.1-2brads001eichm001rabbj001000.01270.00170.03900.0109
5(2)/FO.1-2balbs001eichm001brads001rabbj001010.00480.01320.02860.0370
31.2-3;1-2presj001eichm001balbs001brads001120.00180.00690.00750.0270
D7.3-H;2-Hvalld001eichm001balbs001brads001220.03260.00040.05640.0011
5/FLbrilg001eichm001valld001230.00000.00110.00010.0185
Total Runs Scored:2
 
Bottom of 6th Inning
D9white002banks001000.00850.00000.05540.0000
Kbarfj001banks001white002010.00000.00890.00000.0205
S9.2-Hleacr001banks001white002110.01030.00460.04660.0381
Kcamps001banks001leacr001120.00000.00840.00000.0203
S8.1-2lee-m001banks001leacr001220.00610.00270.04020.0108
7fernt001banks001lee-m001leacr001230.00000.00920.00070.0210
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 7th Inning
Kreynh001clanj001010.00000.00100.00000.0202
Wquinr001clanj001110.00150.00000.02640.0000
46(1)3/GDPbranm001clanj001quinr001130.00000.00220.00030.0500
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 7th Inning
Kmullr001jackm001010.00000.00620.00000.0202
Kbellg001jackm001120.00000.00330.00000.0202
Wgrubk001jackm001220.00160.00000.02640.0000
Kwhite002jackm001grubk001230.00000.00300.00000.0205
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 8th Inning
53rabbj001clanj001010.00000.00060.00000.0205
S8brads001clanj001110.00080.00010.03390.0027
54(1)3/GDPbalbs001clanj001kingm001130.00000.00120.00020.0505
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 8th Inning
9barfj001jackm001010.00000.00450.00000.0211
D9leacr001jackm001110.00440.00000.05540.0000
9/Lcamps001jackm001leacr001120.00410.01520.03350.0486
7lee-m001jackm001leacr001230.00000.00210.00040.0207
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 9th Inning
9presj001clanj001010.00000.00020.00000.0211
53valld001clanj001120.00000.00020.00000.0205
7cotth001clanj001230.00000.00010.00000.0204
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 9th Inning
Klirin001scurr001010.00000.00220.00000.0202
S9mullr001scurr001110.00110.00010.03730.0058
8mcgrf001scurr001mullr001120.00000.00210.00020.0211
S7.1-2fielc001scurr001mullr001220.00070.00020.04080.0095
9white002scurr001fielc001mullr001230.00000.00100.00070.0218
Total Runs Scored:0
 

Traditional Box Score and Play-by-Play

Article last updated: April 1, 2020



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