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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Red Sox score marathon walk-off win in 19 innings

Once the adrenaline rush from putting together a ninth-inning rally to force extra innings eventually wore off, and the ninth inning turned into the 11th, then the 13th, then the 15th, then the 17th, and all the zeroes on the scoreboard started to blend together, the Sox’s stalemate with the Blue Jays became its own surreal mental and physical challenge.

Physically, there wasn’t a body on the field that wasn’t feeling the drain of a game that stretched long past midnight.
But in order to outlast the Blue Jays stare down that ultimately lasted 19 innings (the second longest game in the history of Fenway Park) and six hours (the longest game in the majors this season) and come away with a 3-2 victory, the Sox had to stay dialed in at each moment, because each one was critical.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 06, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 06, 2017 at 10:55 AM (#5527029)
Huge win. JBJ's throw was insanely good not just for the velocity but the pinpoint accuracy. He couldn't have run in and handed it to Leon in a better spot.

I felt like fatigue was a factor in the 19th. Carrera probably could've caught Mookie's double but his feet got a bit tangled and it's hard not to think that the fact that it was almost 2AM played into that. Then Pillar was very very deep on Hanley's ball and I wonder if the lateness of the hour played into maybe not recognizing that he should have been a bit shallower.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: September 06, 2017 at 10:57 AM (#5527032)
It's their third 15+ inning game since the start of July. Their last one before that was in the first week of the 2015 season.
   3. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: September 06, 2017 at 11:50 AM (#5527116)
I think both teams might be secretly hoping for a rain-out today, which they seemed to think may be in the cards for today.

If it's a 2-3 hour rain delay, followed by a 4 hour game... hoo boy.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 06, 2017 at 01:20 PM (#5527219)
My guess is both teams would rather play today, even if it starts late, then just have the scheduled off day tomorrow. Alternatively, call it at 4PM before you have to start getting ramped up. I think what neither team wants is the 2 hour delay, call the game at 9PM then come back at 1PM tomorrow.
   5. RJ in TO Posted: September 06, 2017 at 01:36 PM (#5527238)
Carrera probably could've caught Mookie's double but his feet got a bit tangled and it's hard not to think that the fact that it was almost 2AM played into that.

While this is possible, it should also be noted that Carrera is a frequently eventful outfielder. That he didn't get to the ball could be because of the lateness, or could be because he's Carrera.

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