Normally we don't devote an entire Kernels post to one game. But if any game deserved it...
You know which one. Saturday night's 18-inning epic between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies. Trailing 7-3, the Phillies put up four runs in the bottom of the 8th, culminating in a two-run homer by Darin Ruf.
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Despite bases-loaded situations in the 9th, 12th, and 13th innings, neither team managed to score. In addition to pitching five innings, Tyler Cloyd led off the bottom of the 16th with a double.
He was the first Phillies pitcher to start an extra inning with an extra-base since Art Mahaffey earned himself a 10-inning victory against the Pirates on July 4, 1963, with a double and the winning run.
Finally out of pitchers, the Phillies sent Casper Wells to the mound to pitch the top of the 18th. Wells got two quick outs, but then allowed three hits, three walks, and five runs. John McDonald, who had entered the game in left field to start the inning, was called to the mound.
That made it the first time two position players had pitched for the same team since the Mets and Cardinals played 20 innings on April 17, 2010 (Felipe Lopez and Joe Mather both pitched for St. Louis).
Those five runs tied the major-league record for scoring in an 18th inning, set by the Cubs on May 14, 1927, at Braves Field in Boston. Tuffy Gosewisch made the second out (against Wells) and the third out (against McDonald).
Wonder if a batter has ever made two outs against two different position players pitching in the same inning? According to Elias, the last time it happened was by Brian Milner on June 26, 1978, in an incredible 24-10 slugfest between the Orioles and Blue Jays at old Exhibition Stadium.
The ending time of 2:13 am (local) was only the third-latest finish to a game this season. On May 30, the Cardinals and Royals set the mark at 3:14 am, and the next night Cleveland and Kansas City threatened it with a 2:53 am finish.
However, both those games endured rain delays of about five hours. Saturday's actual game time of 7 hours, 6 minutes was the longest MLB game since June 3, 1989, when the Astros walked off against the Dodgers in the bottom of the 22nd. That game took 7 hours, 14 minutes and ended at 2:49 am.
All told there were 28 walks in the game, a National League record and two shy of the major-league record which was last done on September 14, 1971 by the Senators and Indians.
The Diamondbacks had 18 of the walks (three intentional), tying the National League record for a single game. Tony Campana and Cliff Pennington barely broke a sweat at the plate, becoming the first teammates in the live-ball era to each walk five times in a game.