Wednesday, May 25, 2011

1 Night, 2 Games, 39 Innings, 12 Hours and 44 Minutes

Just minutes ago, Raul Ibanez hit a sacrifice fly in the 19th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Wilson Valdez, who earned the win, spent the first 18 innings patrolling second base before being called on to pitch a 1-2-3 19th inning. Valdez is the first player to start a game in the field and then earn the win after moving to pitcher since Babe Ruth did it back on October 1, 1921. The game lasted 6 hours and 11 minutes or, in other words, the amount of time it takes Eddy Curry to eat an entire fried Blue Whale. The two teams combined to use 16 different pitchers. What makes this game even more ridiculous, is it wasn't even the longest baseball game played tonight. Western Carolina outlasted Elon University 10-7 in 20 innings tonight as well. The two teams battled it out over 6 hours and 33 minutes. Here are some stats from the box scores of the two games :

Reds vs. Phillies
[Box Scores via ESPN]



Elon vs. West Carolina
[Box Scores via catamountsports.com]


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