If you’re waiting for Cards-Braves the Reds and Dodgers are in the bottom of the 11th…tied 0-0.

Dodgers have struck out 19 times.

Months with 3 games of 18+ innings

June 1967

August 1972

May 1973

June 2013 (Rangers-Blue Jays, 18; Marlins-Mets, 20; Yankees-A’s, 18)

(h/t Jayson Stark, @jaysonst)

Two other facts:- still not the longest Mets game: Sept. 11, 1974 - Mets lost to the Cardinals 4-3 in 25 innings, after 7 hours and 4 minutes- The Marlins have won 17 games this season, 7 against the Mets and 10 versus the rest of MLBHow do you not love baseball?

Two other facts:

- still not the longest Mets game: Sept. 11, 1974 - Mets lost to the Cardinals 4-3 in 25 innings, after 7 hours and 4 minutes

- The Marlins have won 17 games this season, 7 against the Mets and 10 versus the rest of MLB

How do you not love baseball?

While the Baltimore Orioles are getting all sorts of love for their impressive extra-innings winning streak (14 wins in games that extended past 9 innings), culminating in last night’s 19-inning victory over the Mariners, the Pirates would like to avoid playing unscheduled double-headers.
2011:
July 26 - Pirates are 53-48. Lose in 19 innings to the Braves. Go 19-42 (.311 winning percentage) for the remainder of the season
2012:
August 19 - Pirates are 67-54. Win in 19 innings over the Cards. Go 7-19 (.269) through September 18.
Coincidence? Totally. But we love a good coincidence.
Sources: retrosheet.org and baseball-reference.com
(Image courtesy of The “Mc” Effect, a Pirates blog)

While the Baltimore Orioles are getting all sorts of love for their impressive extra-innings winning streak (14 wins in games that extended past 9 innings), culminating in last night’s 19-inning victory over the Mariners, the Pirates would like to avoid playing unscheduled double-headers.

2011:

July 26 - Pirates are 53-48. Lose in 19 innings to the Braves. Go 19-42 (.311 winning percentage) for the remainder of the season

2012:

August 19 - Pirates are 67-54. Win in 19 innings over the Cards. Go 7-19 (.269) through September 18.

Coincidence? Totally. But we love a good coincidence.

Sources: retrosheet.org and baseball-reference.com

(Image courtesy of The “Mc” Effect, a Pirates blog)

The Pirates and Cards Just Finished Game 2 of a Singleheader

Game 3 is underway. 

Fascinating Facts from the Red Sox-Orioles 17 Inn. Game

The Red Sox lost to the Orioles in 17 innings today. On Friday they lost in 13, and on Saturday, just nine. So on top of the fact that the O’s swept the Sox, and Baltimore now has a 1/2 game lead in the AL East, these other odd moments occurred:

* Neither starting pitcher went five full innings. Clay Buchholz (Boston) went 3 2/3 giving up 5 runs. Tommy Hunter of the Orioles went 4 1/3 giving up 5 as well.

* Every member of the Red Sox had at least one strikeout. (Baltimore pitchers struck out 18. Boston struck out 15 O’s.)

* Adrian Gonzalez went 0 for 8 with two strikeouts leaving eight men on base.

* Not to be outdone, Baltimore DH Chris Davis went 0 for 8, with five strikeouts leaving 5 men on base. Oh, and he also grounded into a double play. So 8 at-bats, 9 outs.

* No runs were scored by either team from the 9th through the 16th.

* The Orioles grounded into five double plays in extra innings.

* Chris “Platinum Sombrero” Davis would then pitch the bottom of the 16th. He struck out one and then nearly lost the game but Marlon Byrd was thrown out at the plate by J.J. Hardy. Whew.

* Darnell McDonald, who pinch ran for Big Papi in the 8th and scored the tying run, would be sent in to pitch the 17th inning. McDonald (who is listed in the box score with the never seen position listing of “PH-DH-P”) walked two and then gave up a 3-run homer to Adam Jones.

* In the bottom of the 17th, Davis came back to the mound and put two Sox on. After striking out Adrian Gonzalez, Davis then induced a double play. Who hit into the DP? Darnell McDonald, of course.

So your final results:

WP - Chris Davis, first win in his major league career (Who are we kidding? First pitching appearance in his career.)

LP - Darnell McDonald, first appearance, first loss

Time of Game: 6:07, not a typo

The Longest Extra-Inning Opening Day Game…

took place on April 19, 1960….in Cleveland. The Indians hosted the Detroit Tigers. It went 15 innings, both starters went 10 innings before being relieved. Hall of Famer (and former U.S. Senator) Jim Bunning pitched the 11th for Detroit. Teams used a total of 8 pitchers (Detroit - 5, Cleveland - 3)

The Tigers won the game 4-2. Hall of Famer Al Kaline knocked in the winning runs in the top of the 15th. Pete Burnside was the winning pitcher having pitched four innings of perfect relief. The losing pitcher was Mudcat Grant, who would go on to be the Sporting News’ AL Pitcher of the Year for the Twins in 1965. The game lasted 4:54.

took place on April 5, 2012…in Cleveland. The Indians hosted the Toronto Blue Jays. It went 16 innings. The Blue Jays’ starter, Ricky Romero, went 5 innings. The Indians’ starter, Justin Masterson, went 8 innings. Chris Perez, of Cleveland, gave up 3 runs in the 9th to blow the save and send the game into extra innings. Teams used a total of 14 pitchers (Toronto - 8, Cleveland - 6).

The Blue Jays won the game 7-4. J.P. Arencibia hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 16th. Luis Perez was the winning pitcher having pitched 4 scoreless innings of relief. Sergio Santos earned the save. The losing pitcher was Jairo Asencio. The game lasted 5:14.

Thanks to retrosheet.org and the MLB AtBat app.