The Walk-off of all walk-offs: “And now Choo to win it!”
Dateline: Cincinnati, Ohio. May 7, 2013.
The Reds entered the ninth inning trailing the Atlanta Braves by a score of 4-3. The Braves seemingly invincible closer Craig Kimbrel is on the mound.
Kimbrel retired the first two Reds batters on strikeouts: Jack Hannahan looking and Corky Miller swinging. All of eight pitches to get the two outs. After the Miller strikeout, the Reds chances of winning were down to 4%.
So you’re saying there’s a chance…
There was. Pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco took the 6th pitch of his at-bat, a 96 mph fastball, on a full count and barely cleared the wall in right center to tie the game at 4-4. Winning percentage jumped to 53%. But there was still work to do for the Good Guys.
Yes, Chris Welsh, how about Devin Mesoraco?
Next, Shin-Soo Choo came to the plate. On a 2-1 pitch from Kimbrel, Choo launched another 96 mph Kimbrel offering and…In play, run(s). A game-winning, walk-off 414-foot homer.