Buried in the belly of Jayson Stark’s latest column is a stroll down amnesia lane for long-suffering Mariner fans. The Reds have recently coughed up two big leads, leads of more than four runs, late in the game.
There’s one past club that has matched this feat. Those of us who were around in the early 90s may remember them.
How hard is it to blow two games in eight days that you lead by at least four runs after the eighth inning? Well, only one other team has ever done it, according to Elias.
That would be Mike Schooler’s 1992 Mariners. On May 7, Schooler gave up a game-losing grand slam to Dave Winfield that finished off a messy five-run ninth. The next night, Schooler coughed up five more in the ninth, capped by a three-run homer by Lou Whitaker.
Mmmm. Mike Schooler.