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Braves beat Pirates in 19th inning on disputed call

CBSSports.com wire reports

ATLANTA -- Julio Lugo said he was safe, and after 19 innings and almost seven hours, he wasn't sticking around for extended conversation on the subject.

Lugo scored from third base on a contested play at the plate, giving the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 victory in 19 innings over the Pittsburgh Pirates early Wednesday morning.

The game, which ended at 1:50 a.m., was the longest in Turner Field history and matched the longest in the major leagues this season. At 6 hours, 39 minutes, it was the longest by time for both teams.

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Lugo took off on Scott Proctor's grounder to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, whose throw to catcher Michael McKenry easily beat Lugo to the plate.

Lugo tried to avoid McKenry's tag with a pop-up slide. Replays indicated McKenry made the tag, but home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Lugo safe.

"I didn't feel the tag," Lugo said. "He made the right call. I got in there."

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle argued the call vigorously, following Meals off the field as the Braves celebrated.

"I saw the tag, but he looked like he ole'd him and I called him safe for that," Meals said. "I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened. I didn't see a tag.

"I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn't see the glove hit his leg."

The Pirates were looking at a photo of the tag on a laptop computer in their clubhouse after the game.

"The game tonight deserved way better than that," Hurdle said.

With one out in the 19th, Daniel McCutchen walked Lugo. Jordan Schafer followed with a single to center, moving Lugo to third.

With their bench and bullpen depleted, the Braves had to let Proctor (2-3), their eighth pitcher of the game, hit for himself. Schafer advanced to second without a throw before Proctor's grounder led to the final play.

Proctor tripped trying to leave the batter's box, and McCutchen tried to encourage McKenry to throw to first for a possible double play.

Then McCutchen realized Lugo was called safe.

"Can I say that he was out? Is that legal?" McCutchen asked, adding he saw the tag.

"I didn't know what everyone was screaming about," he said.

Despite the controversial ending, McCutchen said it was a special game.

"It was awesome," he said. "It was fun. It was like backyard baseball, no rules."

The Phillies and Reds played 19 innings on May 25.

The Pirates' previous longest game was 6:12 at San Diego on Aug. 25, 1979. The Braves' previous longest game by time was 6:10 against the Mets on July 4, 1985, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

"If you're going to take that long, it's good to win the game," Lugo said.

The Braves lost catcher Brian McCann in the 10th inning when he strained his left oblique. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he hopes McCann's injury is "not a bad oblique, and we get him back in 15 to 20 days."

"That's a big bat in the lineup," Gonzalez said.

The Pirates scored two runs in the first and pushed their lead to 3-0 in the second on McKenry's home run. The Braves answered with three runs in the third, and the score remained 3-3 through the next 15 innings.

Several thousand fans from the announced crowd of 22,036 were still in the stands in the 19th inning, many standing and chanting.

McCutchen (3-2) gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings.

The Pirates fell one game behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.

The Pirates had a chance to avoid extra innings but wasted a scoring chance in the ninth. McKenry had an infield single off Craig Kimbrel and moved to third on pinch-hitter Brandon Wood's single.

The Braves called a pitchout as Xavier Paul was squaring to bunt and McKenry was running toward the plate. McKenry stopped too late and was thrown out at third. Kimbrel struck out Paul to end the inning.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones, who strained his right quadriceps Monday night, hit a groundout as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

Jones, 39, came off the 15-day disabled list on Monday following arthroscopic surgery on July 9 to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

Nate McLouth and Gonzalez were ejected by Meals in the ninth. McLouth struck out swinging and then remained at the plate, apparently to argue a called strike two by Meals. Gonzalez ran onto the field too late to intervene and keep McLouth in the game.


  • McKenry ended the Pirates' streak of 77 innings without a home run since a shot by Brandon Wood at Houston on July 16.
  • Schafer, still bothered by his jammed left middle finger he hurt Wednesday in Colorado, was scratched from the Braves' lineup. He entered the game in the ninth as a defensive replacement in center.
  • Pirates C Ryan Doumit (left ankle sprain) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis.
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Does Michael McKenry get a tag on Julio Lugo in the bottom of the 19th? Home plate umpire Jerry Meals decides no.  (US Presswire)
Does Michael McKenry get a tag on Julio Lugo in the bottom of the 19th? Home plate umpire Jerry Meals decides no. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game

M. McKenry
AB 7
R 1
H 3
HR 1

J. Heyward
AB 7
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Xavier Paul, LF7120223 .252
Garrett Jones, RF3000012 .233
   a- Steve Pearce, PH-RF5000031 .258
Neil Walker, 2B8131120 .269
Andrew McCutchen, CF6000311 .276
Pedro Alvarez, 3B7011047 .207
Lyle Overbay, 1B8010014 .231
Ronny Cedeno, SS8020021 .253
Michael McKenry, C7131102 .264
Jeff Karstens, P2000021 .114
   b- Matt Diaz, PH1000001 .271
    Tony Watson, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   c- Brandon Wood, PH1010000 .216
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   d- Eric Fryer, PH1000010 .278
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   e- Chase D'Arnaud, PH1000010 .225
    Daniel McCutchen, P1000001 .000
a-struck out for G. Jones in the 7th
b-flied out for Karstens in the 6th
c-singled for Beimel in the 9th
d-struck out for Resop in the 11th
e-struck out for Grilli in the 14th
3B - Neil Walker (3, Hanson)
HR - Michael McKenry (2, Hanson)
SH - Steve Pearce (1), Pedro Alvarez (1), Daniel McCutchen (1)
RBI - Neil Walker (63), Pedro Alvarez (11), Michael McKenry (8)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez (4)
SB - Xavier Paul 2 (12, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Neil Walker (7, 2nd base off Linebrink/McCann), Ronny Cedeno (2, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
CS - Andrew McCutchen (6, 2nd base by Venters/McCann), Michael McKenry (1, Home by Kimbrel/McCann)
Team LOB - 16
DP - Alvarez-Walker-Overbay, Cedeno-Walker-Overbay
E - Pedro Alvarez (9, Throwing), Michael McKenry (4, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jeff Karstens 5633330 2.41
Tony Watson 1100110 1.89
Joe Beimel 2100020 4.00
Jose Veras 1000010 3.33
Chris Resop 1100010 3.26
Jason Grilli 3300320 0.00
Daniel McCutchen (L,3-2) 5.1311430 2.21
IBB - Conrad by Tony Watson, Heyward by Jason Grilli
HBP - Hinske (by Tony Watson), Schafer (by Jason Grilli)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 96-64, Tony Watson 26-16, Joe Beimel 21-16, Jose Veras 11-6, Chris Resop 7-7, Jason Grilli 50-29, Daniel McCutchen 92-57
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 7-4, Tony Watson 1-1, Joe Beimel 1-3, Jose Veras 1-1, Chris Resop 1-0, Jason Grilli 4-3, Daniel McCutchen 11-3
Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 23, Tony Watson 6, Joe Beimel 7, Jose Veras 3, Chris Resop 3, Jason Grilli 16, Daniel McCutchen 24
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF-LF4000133 .228
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Cristhian Martinez, P1010000 .400
    Scott Proctor, P2001001 .000
Martin Prado, 3B-LF9000018 .268
Brian McCann, C5120011 .306
    David Ross, C2000220 .286
Freddie Freeman, 1B7130224 .283
Dan Uggla, 2B8121125 .199
Eric Hinske, LF2000100 .251
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
    Alex Gonzalez, SS5000004 .225
Jason Heyward, RF7022200 .222
Julio Lugo, SS-3B8130108 .188
Tommy Hanson, P2000012 .057
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH0000100 .224
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   b- Chipper Jones, PH1000001 .261
    Jordan Schafer, CF4020011 .240
a-was walked intentionally for Hanson in the 6th
b-grounded out for Venters in the 8th
SH - Cristhian Martinez 2 (2)
RBI - Scott Proctor (1), Dan Uggla (41), Jason Heyward 2 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (13), Jason Heyward 2 (9)
SB - Nate McLouth (4, 3rd base off Karstens/McKenry), Freddie Freeman (3, 2nd base off D. McCutchen/McKenry)
Team LOB - 23
E - Alex Gonzalez (8, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson 6733261 3.13
Eric O'Flaherty 1000020 0.94
Jonny Venters 1000120 1.30
Craig Kimbrel 1200020 2.12
Scott Linebrink 0.1100110 3.10
George Sherrill 0.2000010 2.48
Cristhian Martinez 6200060 3.53
Scott Proctor (W,2-3) 3100300 6.48
IBB - A. McCutchen by Scott Linebrink, Walker by Scott Proctor, by McKenry
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 103-68, Eric O'Flaherty 10-7, Jonny Venters 14-8, Craig Kimbrel 18-13, Scott Linebrink 14-6, George Sherrill 7-6, Cristhian Martinez 88-62, Scott Proctor 52-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 4-8, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, George Sherrill 1-0, Cristhian Martinez 9-4, Scott Proctor 4-5
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 27, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Jonny Venters 3, Craig Kimbrel 4, Scott Linebrink 3, George Sherrill 2, Cristhian Martinez 21, Scott Proctor 13
Game Information
Attendance - 22036
Game Time - 6:39
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott