Extra Innings Newsbeat
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The longest game ever played by the Phillies was weird well before their rightfielder started warming up in the bullpen. Casper Wells—0 for 7 with four strikeouts—jogged to the mound Sunday at 1:34 a.m. “Let’s go Casper!” the scattered fans chanted as Wells, playing for his fifth team in 2013, threw 91 m.p.h.
“The game,” John McDonald said, “is unforgiving.” Wells was one strike from a scoreless 18th inning. Five batters later, interim manager Ryne Sandberg raised his right arm and summoned his leftfielder, McDonald, to replace his rightfielder on the mound. This 7-hour, 6-minute tragedy, a 12-7 Phillies loss to Arizona, reached its saddest moment. The Diamondbacks sent 11 batters to the plate in the 18th against two position players, Wells and McDonald. Sandberg stopped Wells’ nightmare at 40 pitches. He was the losing pitcher and made outs to end the 10th and 16th innings. [...]
The two teams used 44 players. The 20 pitchers used tied a major-league record. They threw 712 total pitches. There were 28 walks, 18 of which were issued by Phillies pitchers to set a franchise record. By using Tyler Cloyd, the Phillies forfeited their scheduled Sunday starter. Instead, Roy Halladay will pitch three months after shoulder surgery rather than start at double-A Reading.
Posted: August 25, 2013 at 07:00 AM | 15 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
That’s the puzzling thing about this. The media is busy whining about baseball games lasting nearly three hours, but isn’t at all concerned about football games almost never lasting less than three hours. You rarely see the same level of outrage about the lengthy commercial breaks in an NFL game. Or the disruptive huddles between every play. Or the timeouts. Or that the clock stops for an incomplete pass. Or when a player runs out of bounds. Or when there is a penalty. Or when there a break at the end of a quarter. Or that there is a halftime break long enough for a concert to be held during it.
. . .
Extra innings are one of the greatest things about baseball. There is no sudden death. There are no shootouts. There are no ties. The game just goes on and on until there is a winner. Extra innings don’t stop the clock on the stadium scoreboard; they render it meaningless. Extra innings are baseball’s own anti-aging clinic.
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