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Blue Jays, Marlins emerge victorious in pair of marathon games

Jun 8, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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The Rangers, Blue Jays, Marlins, and Mets combined for 38 innings of baseball as the four teams engaged in two marathon games this afternoon. The Jays defeated the Rangers 4-3 in 18 innings while the Marlins emerged victorious over the Mets 2-1 in 20 innings.

It is the Jays’ second game lasting at least 17 innings in the last nine days, as they lost 4-3 to the Padres in 17 on May 31. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third against Rangers starter Yu Darvish on a two-run triple by Colby Rasmus, who scored on Jurickson Profar’s throwing error. Jeff Baker hit a solo home run in the seventh to put the Rangers on the board, the only blemish on Mark Buehrle‘s line over seven frames. In the ninth against closer Casey Janssen, the Rangers scored twice on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single and an Elvis Andrus sacrifice fly to tie the game at three apiece.

From there, the Jays relied on a handful of relievers while the Rangers called on Ross Wolf to make what turned out to be the equivalent of a start. Wolf entered in the 12th and didn’t leave until two outs in the 18th when the Jays walked off. With one out, Emilio Bonifacio singled. Wolf was trying to keep Bonifacio’s lead to a minimum and attempted to pick him off at first base, but made an errant throw which allowed Bonifacio to move to third base with one out. Rajai Davis got ahead 1-0 before singling to left to drive in the winning run.

As a Redditor pointed out, the pitchers of record were Aaron Loup (winner) and Ross Wolf (loser). “Loup” is French for “wolf”.

Today’s 18-inning affair matches the longest in Jays history, set on July 28, 2005 when they defeated the Angels 2-1. It is the longest game in Rangers history.

In the National League, Marlins starter Jose Fernandez went pound-for-pound with Mets starter Matt Harvey. Fernandez held the Mets to one run — a Juan Lagares RBI double in the second — over six innings. Harvey held the Fish to one run — a Chris Coghlan sacrifice fly in the fourth — over seven innings. He left the game with lower back tightness.

Both teams quickly exhausted their bullpens before relying on starters. For the Mets, Shaun Marcum held the Marlins scoreless on two hits over his first seven innings with seven strikeouts. He tired in his eighth inning of work, however, surrendering three consecutive singles to Placido Polanco, Rob Brantly, and Adeiny Hechavarria to put the Marlins up 2-1. Kevin Slowey held the Mets scoreless on eight hits over seven innings, striking out eight in the process. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless 20th for the save.

It was the first game of 20 innings or longer for any Major League team since the Mets defeated the Cardinals 2-1 in 20 on April 17, 2010.

It is tied for the longest game in Marlins history. The Mets and Cardinals went 25 innings on September 11, 1974.

  1. Jason Lukehart - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Today is also only the second day in history (well, since 1916 anyway) to have two games go 18+ innings. The other was August 15, 2006, when the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies in 18 and the Cubs did the same to the Astros.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Ross Wolf was great for the Rangers. Unfortunately, it was his throwing error that let Bonifacio reach third base in the 18th inning. Texas had been successfully positioning their third baseman close to the line to take away potential doubles, but with 2 out, Baker was playing off the bag and Davis hit it just past the third base bag. The Jays used 8 relief pitchers and needing fresh arms sent Brad Lincoln to the minors since he had thrown 4 innings. I expect that he will be replaced by Darren Oliver who is been on a rehab stint.

    • beefytrout - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      1-for-17 w/ RISP, including loading the bases in the 10th with no outs and failing to score. Berkman seems to have dropped off a cliff at the plate (and apparently thinks he is a skilled baserunner).

      Lots of frustration right now.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        The Rangers certainly are in a dry spell. I expect that they will snap out of it soon, although I hope that they wait until after the Jays leave Arlington next week, before they start hitting again.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:53 AM

      once again it doesnt matter what the jays do from here on out, they are going down as the biggest bust in MLB history, this team has NO SHOT at the postseason. END OF STORY!!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      The only other 18 inning game played by the Jays was against the Angels on July 28, 2008. 4 people involved in that game had a sense of deja vue yesterday.Texas reliever Jason Frasor pitched for the Jays in that game. Blue Jay infielder Macir Izturis played for the Angels. Blue Jay pitching coach, Pete Walker was the winning pitcher and John Gibbons was the Manager.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Didn’t they play something like 12 or 14 innings the night before that one too?

  3. rbj1 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Mets went 0-19 with RISP. Marlins 2-4.

    • albertmn - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      How did the Marlins only manage to get 4 ABs with RISP in that many innings?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Marcum pitched the final 8 innings for the Mets. He allowed only one run, but ended up with the loss. He was terrific.

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Kevin Slowey pitched seven for the Feesh and allowed no runs, but ended up with the win. Doesn’t he understand that the Feesh are engaged in a race with the 1962 Mutts for the worst record in modern baseball? This is not the way to make history, Kevin.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      marcum, another bluejay BUST!!

  5. thebadguyswon - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    What a joke of an offense.

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      To which team do you refer?

  6. duckthefodgers - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Theres a good argument for juicing here.

  7. buffalo65 - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Here come the Jays

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      yea here they come alright, in last place!! Lets get to .500 before we start bragging them up, heck lets have a winning month first!! yikes this team is terrible

  8. Shayna - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Talk about the long and the short of it! Friday’s game — a perky 2:08. Saturday’s game — an excruciating 5:28. Can any of the stat-heads here tell us if this is as exceptional as it seems to me?

  9. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    I watched two unutterably awful teams play for over six hours today. I always liked pineapples and papayas because they were full of papain. If I ever needed a third set of evidence to convince me that I must be getting mamasochistic in my old age, this was it.

  10. nbjays - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Around the time I started making supper, I remembered there was an afternoon Jays’ game. Turned it on in the bottom of the 9th and thought “Looks like I’m too late”. Turns out I got to see another whole 9-inning game.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      it really doesnt matter the jays are going NOWHERE this year folks, get used to it cause its NOT going to happen

      • indaburg - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:17 AM

        Are you trying to convince us or yourself? Thou dost protest too much.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      I was out at a social event and when I came home was surprised to see that the game was in the 12th inning. Too bad I missed the excitement of the10th, but did see a replay of Bautista’s throw home to get Berkman. Some of the players especially Encarnacion looked exhausted. Arencibia caught all 18 innings. I would be surprised if he is the starting catcher today.

  11. baredon - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    9 innings of spitting and groin grabbing is boring enough… No way I would sit in a hard seat that long for anything or anyone…

  12. albertmn - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    This would have to be one of the few times, at least anywhere recently, that each team had a relief pitcher pitch for more innings than the starter on their team.

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