Baseball has a reputation among its detractors for being longer and more dull than other sports. While for the most part, I’ll rail against this sentiment and suggest that those promoting the idea are merely incapable of good conversation while watching a game, every once in a while I see their point.
Ever once in a while occurred last night when the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 19 innings. The game took six hours and eleven minutes to complete and included a combined fourteen pitching changes, eight pinch hitters and 598 pitches. With Carlos Fisher on the mound for the Reds in the bottom of the 19th, Jimmy Rollins led off for the Phillies with a single, which was followed by a walk to Domonic Brown. After that, Placido Polanco advanced the runners by sacrificing himself. Ryan Howard was then intentionally walked to lad the bases, and Raul Ibanez mercifully put the pillow over the face of the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Rollins.
The Phillies were so desperate for pitchers that utility infielder Wilson Valdez ended up earning the win.
The longest game in baseball history occurred on May 8 and 9, 1984 in Chicago. The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox played 17 innings on the first day before the game was suspended with the score 3-3. The next day, the game was resumed before a regularly scheduled game between the two teams. In the bottom of the 25th with one out, Harold Baines homered on the 753rd pitch of the game, giving the White Sox a 7-6 win. Total time: eight hours and six minutes.
Also of note was that Tom Seaver got the win for the White Sox and then started the regular scheduled game, throwing another eight and a third innings to get two wins on the same day.
While that was the longest game by time, a matchup between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Red Sox in 1920 went 26 innings before it was declared a draw when the umpire called it after seeing lights being turned on in buildings next to the stadium. Surprisingly, the game time was only three hours and fifty minutes.
And The Rest
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Jo-Jo Reyes tied a record yesterday afternoon, and on Monday he’ll go out to make it his own.
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Jon Lester is the first pitcher in baseball to win seven games, meaning that the Boston Red Sox are now 25-12 since their 2-10 start.
FanGraphs takes a closer look at its new Ultimate Base Running data.
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Rafael Soriano will be out six to eight weeks with an inflamed ligament in his right elbow.
With yesterday’s appearance in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, Mariano Rivera became the first pitcher in MLB history to play in 1,000 games for the same team.
Dan Uggla is under pressure as he fails to live up to the contract extension he signed in Atlanta.
Zack Greinke did more than just help his own cause yesterday afternoon. He absolutely demolished a pitch into the second level of the left field bleachers in Milwaukee.
Put your Hazmat suit on before clicking through to this story about Lenny Dykstra, Dwight Gooden and Celebrity Rehab.
Finally, check out this feature on the saddest town in baseball. Spoiler: it’s not Toronto.