The Rangers and Blue Jays played an 18-inning marathon on Saturday afternoon, but it was only the second-longest game of the day. The Mets and Marlins played 20. Toronto and Miami walked away with 4-3 and 2-1 wins, respectively.
Any time a game goes 18 innings, there will be plenty of weird facts to dig up. When there are two ... well that goes double. Here's a breakdown of the madness:
- This was the longest game in the history of both the Rangers and Blue Jays and tied for the longest in Marlins history. It was tied for the fourth-longest in Mets history.
- Believe it or not, there were two 18+ inning games on the same day as recently as 2006. That is the only other time in history it's happened, however. Hat tip to Jayson Stark for that one.
- Shaun Marcum of the Mets threw 105 pitches in relief, but he's only the third pitcher to do that this year. Brett Marshall (Yankees) and Felix Doubront (Red Sox) have both gone over the century mark out of the bullpen as well.
- Marcum is, however, the first pitcher to throw eight full innings in relief since Scott Sanderson of the Cubs in 1989. Here's the list. Apparently throwing 8+ innings out of the pen was pretty common during the 1980s.
- Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis took an ugly 0-for-7. Mets infielders Omar Quintanilla and Daniel Murphy both went 1-for-9 (they batted one-two in the lineup) and four players went 1-for-8.
- Twenty-three different relief pitchers had scoreless outings. Twenty-three! Marcum, Kevin Slowey, Ross Wolf and Brad Lincoln combined to allow one earned run in 25 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. That's a 0.35 ERA.
- Joe Nathan was the only one of the four closers not to pitch. The Rangers were saving him for the save opportunity that never came, but hey, it worked for the Marlins and Steve Cishek. He nailed down the win in the 20th.
- The Mets used 11 (!) different players out of the nine spot in the lineup -- seven pitchers, three pinch-hitters and eventually the right fielder.
- Only two players had four hits on the day: Marlins catcher Rob Brantly and Blue Jays DH Adam Lind. Four players had three hits, but no Ranger had more than two.
- Total pitches thrown in the two games: 1,089. Athletics pitchers have thrown 1,086 pitches in June, and they haven't had a single day off yet.
- The Mets went 0-for-19 (!) with runners in scoring position. That's a franchise record for an 0-fer with men on second and/or third.
- Not a single position player pitched. I think we were like two innings away from Rick Ankiel climbing back on the mound, but alas. Instead, the Mets designated him for assignment after the game. Rough.