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The Indians and White Sox played the longest doubleheader ever yesterday

Jun 29, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT

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46 runs, 59 hits, and 20 pitchers used. Those are just some of the numbers from yesterday’s doubleheader between the Indians and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Indians ended up taking both games. They won a 19-10 slugfest in the opener, which featured outfielder Casper Wells tossing a hitless ninth inning for the White Sox. The Indians had a dramatic comeback to secure a 9-8 victory in the nightcap, which included a four-run ninth inning rally against Addison Reed and a go-ahead solo homer from Nick Swisher.

The two games lasted a combined seven hours and 53 minutes. That’s the longest doubleheader for two nine-inning games in history. And that’s not even including the 63 minutes between the two games, which included a 25-minute rain delay. As Swisher told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it was a long day at the ballpark.

“It was a long day, bro. . .definitely a long day,” said Swisher. “We got in at 3 in the morning after playing in Baltimore on Thursday night. We come out here and played two games.

“This is a no-doubt type team. We fight to the end. We’re scrapping. It doesn’t always look pretty, man, but we’re going to do our best to try and get it done.”

A long day, bro.

  1. chacochicken - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Swisher, ever the bro’s bro. The Indians just wanted it more and gave a 110% plus they had momentum from the early scoring in the first game. That was one monster of a double header.

    • Glenn - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      None of that happens without grit.

      • djpostl - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Or, as has been the case with Cle all season, none of it happens w/o playing a shitty team.

        The team is10-25 vs Bos, NYY, Det, Tex & TB…32-13 vs everyone else.

  2. sabatimus - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    At least nobody said “umadbro” (argh, except me). The shelf-life on that crap is about 8 years past expiration.

  3. natslady - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    46 runs. Not the most ever. That game where Baltimore gave up 30 to the Rangers was part of a double header, 49 runs involved. 33 in the first game, 16 in the second.

  4. yahmule - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I was watching a few minutes of the second game and the White Sox announcers were so ready to go home. Santana goes out to the visit the pitcher and you hear Stone say, “And another trip to the mound.” He kept his voice neutral as possible but you could feel the resentment.

    • mazblast - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      My favorite announcer God-how-I-wish-I-was-anywhere-but-here moment was during a mid-1980s Braves game on WTBS, back when the Braves were really bad. They were in LA, the game went into extras, and around 3:30 AM EDT, 14th or 15th inning, Skip Caray intones, “One of these days…something will happen.”

  5. papacrick - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I would have paid to hear the Hawk during one of the many pitching meltdowns in this series

  6. ndnut - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Will to win levels were off the charts for the Tribe!

  7. moogro - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I started following casually all day after the HBT post on Bauer giving up 5 runs in the 1st in game 1. It was fun, fun baseball to check in and see shocking crooked numbers all day. I would say it was mostly the pitchers: I’ve never seen so many predictable pitches right down the middle with no movement. It seemed like the pitchers had nothing and were just going throught the motions. Game 2 especially: the Sox seemed to have the will to lose.

  8. moogro - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Oh yes, Jess Crain has been quietly awesome for two years now.

  9. Jason Lukehart - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    The White Sox had three different pitchers throw 60+ pitches in Game 1, the first time any team has done that since 1999 and only the 10th time it’s happened since 1916.

  10. jrs45 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I honestly think Cleveland is a SP away from being a playoff team.

    • mazblast - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Something else would go wrong. Being the Indians, it is inevitable.

  11. jrs45 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM


    Good thing Cleveland is in a crappy division then.

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