A minor league baseball team took a 17-1 lead Wednesday -- and still lost.
The Burlington Bees, an Iowa-based Class A minor league team affiliated with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, built the lead against the Clinton LumberKings on the strength of a fifth-inning grand slam by catcher Cambric Moye.
It's just one of those games. Burlington sends 12 men to the plate in the 5th, nine cross the plate. It's 17-1 Bees after 5— Clinton LumberKings (@LumberKings) May 8, 2014
But somehow, the LumberKings -- affiliated with the Seattle Mariners -- scraped back. Six runs in the sixth. Five runs in the eighth.
LumberKings get 5 more in the 8th, and cut the deficit in half. Down 17-12 after 7.5 in Burlington, were down 17-1— Clinton LumberKings (@LumberKings) May 8, 2014
Clinton, down four runs in the ninth inning, loaded the bases for Marcus Littlewood.
WE'RE GOIN' TO THE 10TH BABY. 17-17!— Clinton LumberKings (@LumberKings) May 8, 2014
The game entered extra innings with the score knotted at 17.
The teams didn't score any runs in the 10th or 11th innings, but in the 12th inning, Clinton scored three runs, capping the massive comeback for a 20-17 win.
PUT IT IN THE BOOKS BABY! 20-17 FINAL. DOWN 17-1 AFTER FIVE INNINGS. HISTORY IN BURLINGTON...THE LUMBERKINGS COMPLETE THE COMEBACK. @MiLB— Clinton LumberKings (@LumberKings) May 8, 2014