Friday, April 18, 2008

36 Innings, 8 Runs and a Wild Pitch

The next great shortstop of baseball, Troy Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki doubled in Willy Taveras in the 22nd inning to give Colorado a marathon 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres. The Rockies won the game in part to a costly error from shortstop Khalil Greene, whose high throw to first base allowed Taveras to beat out a grounder with two down in the 22nd.

With the bases loaded after walking David Wright and Carlos Delgado Brian Schneider had an RBI on a Joel Hanrahan's wild pitch. The ex-Yankee catcher, Wil Nieves turned around to retrieve the ball he crashed into the home plate umpire and the Mets won in 14 innings, 3-2. I would know because I was there.

The Rockies vs. Padres game took 6 hours and 16 minutes and the Mets game ended at 11:55 making it 4 hours and 45 minutes. The longest game in MLB history is 26 innings, on May 1, 1920, and that turned out to be a 1-1 tie between Brooklyn and Boston. The Padres/Rockies game was the longest extra-inning game for both teams and lengthiest in the majors since Minnesota beat Cleveland in 22 innings on August 31, 1993. The Rockies ended up with 2 runs, 14 hits, and 1 error and the Padres 1 run, 11 hits, and 2 errors including one that cost them the game. The Nats/Mets game didn't have as much hits. Washington had 2 runs, 6 hits, and 3 gaudy errors and the Metropolitan's had 3 runs, 9 hits, and ZERO errors but 8 walks. In a total of 36 innings in 2 games there were 26 walks and both winning teams gave up 5 and received 8.

36 innings, 8 runs, and a wild pitch...WHOA! But that is only 2 games on a long, tiring night for baseball.

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