Beginning with the start of the 10th inning of all games in Petco Park, second base becomes home plate.
You think I'm kidding? Ha! YOU try sitting through an 18-inning game, the kind of which randomly but regularly occur in the Padres' cavernous home park.
This after the Padres and Cincinnati played a 16-inning game on May 16.
Last year, the Padres and Reds played an 18-inning game. Also last year, the Padres and Colorado played a 22-inning game.
As for Sunday's 5-hour, 45-minute affair, the longest game in the majors this season both by innings and by time, the Padres scored five runs in the ninth to send the game into overtime.
And then four Arizona relievers held San Diego hitless from the 10th inning on, becoming, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the first group of relievers to throw nine consecutive no-hit innings in a game since July 29, 1995, when the Kansas City bullpen held Detroit hitless over the last nine innings of Detroit's 16-inning win.
Wilson, meanwhile, previously had made pitching appearances for Tampa Bay in 2007 and Arizona earlier this season. According to Elias, he is the first position player to "pitch" for three different clubs in the majors since John Cangelosi (1988 Pirates, 1995 Astros and 1997 Marlins).
The extra innings are stacking up in Petco, where fans are in serious need of rescue dogs once the ninth innings end scoreless and the game enters the Black Hole.
Likes: Fun watching Atlanta's Tommy Hanson in his debut Sunday. ... This fascinating story regarding novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby). ... Basic Pizza in San Diego. Great thin crust in the style of New Haven, Conn., pizza. The basic pie with mozzarella and basil is killer.
Dislikes: Aw, they started the final phase of the demolition of Tiger Stadium on Black Monday. Sniff, sniff.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"Well you walk into a restaurant,
"Strung out from the road
"And you feel the eyes upon you
"As you're shakin' off the cold
"You pretend it doesn't bother you
"But you just want to explode
"Most times you can't hear 'em talk,
"Other times you can
"All the same old cliches,
"Is that a woman or a man?"
"And you always seem outnumbered,
"You don't dare make a stand"
-- Bob Seger, Turn the Page