Angels, White Sox, Rockies nab wins in spectacular fashion
By Austin Laymance
Walk-off wins are a weekly occurrence in baseball, but it's not often that we see three games end in walk-off fashion in one day, let alone on three completely varied plays.
Wednesday was one of those rare days -- Walk-off Wednesday, if you will -- as the Angels, White Sox and Rockies each celebrated at home plate.
Here's a look back at a wild day of walk-offs:
Angels 4, Indians 3
The Angels had their backs against the wall on Wednesday afternoon, down by two in the ninth and in danger of losing for the 11th time in 13 games. But the Halos dug deep and found a way to pull out a victory, aided by a wild pitch and some timely hitting.
"When you're getting punched in the kidneys and the ribs by Albert after the game, you have to love it," Featherston said of being mobbed at the plate after his headfirst slide.
White Sox 6, Rays 5 (10 innings)
The White Sox put the "walk" in walk-off as they beat the Rays in extra innings to avoid a sweep in the season series. Avisail Garcia drew a free pass off Rays closer Brad Boxberger to score Adam Eaton, capping a wild 10th inning -- all this after the White Sox squandered a five-run lead.
Eaton started the rally with a leadoff single, then stole second and advanced to third on an error by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. With one out, Rays manager Kevin Cash decided to intentionally walk both Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera to load the bases. But Boxberger couldn't find the zone against Garcia and walked him on five pitches.
"It was a crazy day, and to have a walk-off walk is par for the course for the day," Eaton said.
Rockies 7, Mariners 5 (11 innings)
Leave it to the Rockies to have the only walk-off home run of the bunch.
Michael McKenry launched a two-out, two-run shot to left field for his first career walk-off hit, helping the Rockies avoid a sweep by the Mariners at Coors Field.
The Rockies rallied from two down in the ninth to send the game to extras. Ben Paulsen delivered a one-out single in the 11th, and one batter later, McKenry took Mariners rookie Mayckol Guaipe deep to end it.
"I tried to throw the ball down in the zone, a slider. It just stayed right in the middle," Guiape said. "As soon as I threw the pitch, I knew I'd made a mistake."
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.