Marvel at the Madness in Miami: Rays 9, Marlins 8, By the Numbers

Something fantastically bizarre happened in Miami last night. And, for once, that sentence is being written about a baseball game. Let's examine the sheer madness that was Rays 9, Marlins 8 with some number-crunching.

15,000: Number of vuvuzelas distributed to the fans at Sun Life Stadium.

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23,242: Announced attendance.

64.5%: Probable percentage of attendees with vuvuzelas.

4:36: Time of game.

100%: Probable percentage of parents who regretted bringing their children to a baseball game with a vuvuzela giveaway.

100%: Probable percentage of Marlins PR staffers on the receiving end of glares from Marlins baseball personnel after a ninth inning mix-up over line-up order—partially blamed on the vuvuzelas—resulted in an walk that was called an out and the ejection of Fredi Gonzalez.

1: Number of blown saves recorded by Rafael Soriano.

0: Combined number of hits, runs, and walks allowed by Rafael Soriano in two innings of work. Oh, and he struck out three batters.

0: Number of times saves and blown saves should be used as the be-all, end-all of statistics for relief pitchers.

1: Number of starting pitchers used as pinch hitters with runners on second and third in the bottom of the 11th inning. (Anibal Sanchez struck out, for what it's worth.)

0: Number of people who will be able to resist making a "Looks like an EKG" joke when they see FanGraphs' win probability chart for the game.

1: Number of injuries caused to Rays starters by baseballs to the groin during warm-ups. David Price will miss his start today.

3: Number of errors committed by the Rays.

3-0: Rays' record when committing three or more errors this season.

15: Combined total bases tallied by Chris Coghlan, Gaby Sanchez, and Ramirez.

2: Combined total bases tallied by all other Marlins.

3: Outs recorded by Rays starter James Shields—in a scoreless 10th inning relief appearance.

0: Career relief appearances for Shields entering Saturday.

1: Wins earned by Shields for said inning of relief.

7: Number of combined runs scored in the 11th inning.

6: Number of combined runs scored through first seven innings.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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