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Thuuz Releases Top Ten Most Exciting Games of the 2011 Major League Baseball SeasonPitch-By-Pitch Results From 2466 Games Numerically Analyzed for Pace of Game, Parity of Teams, Novelty of Action, Shifts in Momentum, and Overall Context (November 01, 2011)
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/01/11 -- Thuuz Inc., platform provider of real-time sports excitement apps and alerts, today announced the Top Ten Most Exciting Games of the 2011 Major League Baseball Season and Postseason. Thuuz has rated the most exciting games of the season based on formulas that take into account not only what happens, but when it happens, rewarding the teams who come through in the critical moments, who turn the tide of a game with the key hit, pitch or steal at the key moment, who amaze us when the game is on the line. Late rallies, big comebacks, commanding performances on the mound and critical blow ups make this countdown of the Top Ten games not to be missed by any baseball fan.
#10 Kansas City Royals (12) @ Los Angeles Angels (9); April 3
Matt Treanor hit a walk-off 3R HR to win it for the Royals in the 13th inning. There were a total of 8 HRs in this early season slugfest, 5 for the Angels and 3 for K.C.
#9 Milwaukee Brewers (7) @ Colorado Rockies (6); May 20
Tied at 5 after 9 innings, both teams scored in the 13th. The Rockies then scored in the top of the 14th, however the Brewers responded as Prince Fielder ended the game with a walk-off 2R HR in the bottom of the 14th.
#8 Minnesota Twins (1) @ Chicago White Sox (0); May 3
Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter despite walking 6 and only striking out 2. Good thing because his team only provided one run of support. A less glamorous but more suspenseful no-no than Verlander's or Santana's.
#7 San Francisco Giants (5) @ St. Louis Cardinals (4); April 8
"It's obvious we're not retiring torture." -- Bruce Bochy. This game had Giants written all over it. Brian Wilson blew a save and the lead in the 9th inning, but Pablo Sandoval tied it in the bottom half. In the 12th, Albert Pujols dropped a grounder, Nate Schierholtz beat a would-be game ending double play, and then Aaron Rowand hit a bases-loaded single to win it.
#6 Boston Red Sox (3) @ Baltimore Orioles (4); Sep 28
Boston's September record was 7-19 going into this final game of the season. With a lead of 3-2 going into the 9th, it seemed Boston might salvage what would have been a monumental late season collapse. Jonathan Papelbon struck out his first two batters, but then surrendered two doubles and the game winning single to Robert Andino, who said, "To make Boston go home sad, crying? I'll take it all day."
#5 Los Angeles Dodgers (6) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (7); Sep 27
The Dodgers scored five in the top of the 10th inning, but the D-Backs responded with a six run bottom half, including a walk-off grand slam by Ryan Roberts on the first pitch he saw from Javy Guerra.
#4 Arizona Diamondbacks (6) @ Cleveland Indians (4); June 28
The Indians were down 2 heading into the 9th when Carlos Santana hit a 2R HR to tie the game. However, the Tribe didn't manage to stay tied for long, as pinch-hitter Wily Mo Pena sent the crowd home happy with a walk-off 2R HR in the bottom of the 9th.
#3 Florida Marlins (6) @ Washington Nationals (5); May 13
Aside from being exceptionally exciting, this game featured two of the most memorable plays of the year. The Marlins scored 3 times in the 1st, but by the end of the 4th, the game was tied at 4. Then, Roger Bernadina made the catch of the year on a 2 out connection by Mike Stanton: http://thu.uz/rUL1xQ. The Marlins scored the go-ahead run in the 11th on Omar Infante's nifty head-first slide into home, where he evaded the catcher's tag by stopping his momentum and reaching over and around the catcher to touch home plate before being tagged. Excitement, back and forth action, one of the best catches of the year, and a remarkable slide. This game had it all.
#2 Tampa Bay Rays (8) @ New York Yankees (7); Sep 28
On the last day of the regular season, down seven runs in the 8th inning, Tampa Bay mounted a surreal comeback, scoring 6 in the 8th, and then a 2-out, 2-strike homer in the bottom of the 9th to send it to extras. In the 14th inning, four minutes after the Red Sox had blown a 9th inning lead to the Orioles, Evan Longoria hit his second home run of the game, dooming the Red Sox and clinching a wild card berth for the Rays.
#1 Texas Rangers (9) @ St. Louis Cardinals (10); Oct 27
Arguably the best World Series Game ever played. The Rangers held leads on five separate occasions over the course of the game and even had the Cardinals down to their very last strike on two separate occasions, but couldn't close the deal. David Freese played hometown hero with a game tying triple in the bottom of the ninth and a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eleventh -- an unlikely hero yielding an unlikely outcome on a team that looked as unlikely as any to make the Postseason in the first place. The overwhelming suspense and surprise made this game the clear stand-out of the year.
Note: Thuuz sent out real-time alerts for the above games, on average, during the bottom of the 6th inning.
Special mention must also be given to September 28th as the best day of the Major League Baseball Season, the night the Wild Card was decided. The trio of match-ups of Boston-Baltimore, New York-Tampa Bay and Philadelphia-Atlanta were absolutely phenomenal. Moreover, the coincidental timing of each of these games led to drama that has rarely been seen in a single night of baseball. The Yankees-Rays game shows up at #2 on our Top Ten list. The Red Sox-Orioles game shows up at #6. While the Phillies-Braves game doesn't appear in the Top Ten, it also packed a punch as the Phillies put up a run in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings and then won it in the thirteenth, eliminating the Braves from Postseason play.
In addition to compiling the Top Ten Most Exciting Games, Thuuz has compiled results ranking the Most Exciting Individual Performances in a single game, the Most Exciting Individual Players over the entire season, as well as the Most Exciting Teams of the 2011 Major League Baseball Season and Postseason. Complete details can be obtained by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thuuz (www.thuuz.com) is revolutionizing sports entertainment by measuring and alerting fans in real-time to exciting games and individual athletic performances. Thuuz also lets fans know where they can follow these games, whether they're in front of their TV, PC, handset, or tablet, so they don't miss out on the best action. Thuuz's Sports Excitement Analytics extend to pre-game/predictive excitement ratings to help fans plan which games to attend or watch. Thuuz can be accessed as a native app on the Android, iPhone, and GoogleTV, and via the web. Thuuz is also available through partner apps and web sites. Thuuz is based in Palo Alto, Calif.
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