MLB Rankings: Baseball’s Greatest Hits of Week-20

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 11: Baltimore Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz (14) is doused with liquid after hitting a game winning two run home run against the Houston Astros on August 9, 2019, at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 11: Baltimore Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz (14) is doused with liquid after hitting a game winning two run home run against the Houston Astros on August 9, 2019, at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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MLB Rankings: Greatest Hits in Week-20

10. Trent Grisham, 44 percent

The Milwaukee Brewers played several nail-biters during the week, not least of which was their 15-14 14-inning victory over the Washington Nationals Saturday night. But from the standpoint of a single page-turning moment, nothing beat their 6-5 victory Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins.

Having already lost a cliff-hanger to the Twins the previous evening (see below), the Brewers trailed 5-3 entering the bottom of the eighth inning. With Sergio Romo on the mound, Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco opened the door to a rally by booting Ryan Braun’s grounder to begin the frame.

The error sent Romo’s and Minnesota’s victory plans into a death spiral. Hernan Perez followed with a base hit into center field, bringing Trent Grisham to the plate.

His previous contributions to the evening had included a leadoff single in the first that set up Milwaukee’s first run. This time Grisham smashed a 2-2 Romo pitch over the wall in right for a three-run home run.  Seconds after trailing 5-3, the Brewers suddenly led 6-5. Grisham’s hit had lifted their chances at victory from just 42 percent to 86 percent.

When Matt Albers survived a ninth-inning in which he walked the bases full, the Brewers wrapped up another dramatic victory.