My final ruling on the 18-inning Braves/Astros game in the Levels of Losing … all things considered, it was one of those rare games that combined Levels 2 thru 5 on the list. The grand slam at 6-1 made it a “This Can’t Be Happening” Game, as well as a Broken Axle Game. Ausmus’s two-out homer definitely made it a Stomach Punch Game. The next eight innings earned it “Guillotine Game” status. And then Chris “Corky” Burke’s game-winning homer was a full-fledged, Defcon 5 Stomach Punch moment. That was simply brutal. Almost unprecedented, actually.
Simmons’ “Levels of Losing” column is probably behind the Insider wall now. Level One is Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, so we’re right after that. Great, huh?