Didn't stay up for 19 innings of Red Sox - Angels? We'll catch you up on the #WeirdBaseball
Knowing that many of their fans would be going out on Saturday night, the Red Sox and Angels wanted to reward their supporters with some late night baseball for when they returned home. With a 6:05 pm PT start time, this one didn't finish until Albert Pujols' walk-off home run in the bottom of the 19th at 12:39 am. It was #WeirdBaseball at its finest.
If for some reason you didn't stay awake for the full game, the longest in Major League Baseball this season, let's catch you up with what you may have missed.
- 18 different pitchers threw an absurd 558 pitches. Along the way, 32 batters struck out and 11 walked. Somehow, no position players took the mound.
- Six different hitters had at least eight at-bats, with Albert Pujols leading them all with nine. Pujols, as you know, ended it with this one:
- Pujols tried to have a little conversation with Mike Napoli, but either because of the time of night or outcome, Napoli wasn't having it.
- Beyond hitting the game-winning shot, Pujols also played third base for the first time since 2012. He had to make one play there, retiring David Ortiz on a groundout to end the top of the 19th.
- With only three steals on the season coming into the game, Dustin Pedroia nearly doubled that on one pitch in the 14th:
His heads-up baserunning on a shifted infield almost won the game when Ortiz drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
But in the bottom half of the inning, Mike Trout tied the game on a groundout to keep things going.
- Heck, without Trout, this game could have been wrapped up in nine innings. In the bottom of the 8th, with the Red Sox holding a 3-2 lead, Trout came up and did his thing:
Said Clay Buchholz:
Buchholz: "If I'd have known we were going to play 19 innings, I promise you I wouldn't have given up a HR to Trout. I'd have walked him."- Tim Britton (@TimBritton) August 10, 2014
- The Angels held Red Sox batters to only six hits, and starting pitcher Garrett Richards took a no-hitter into the 7th inning. It was the first time since 1914 (as far back as Baseball-Reference's Play Index goes) that a pitching staff gave up so few hits in a 19-inning game. Oddly enough, it was the California Angels in 1971 who are second, having allowed 7 hits in 19.2 innings against the Athletics. They lost that game 1-0.
- When a game is this long, even the players don't know how many innings there were. Said Matt Shoemaker:
"I think it was 18 or 19 or 20. I knew it was one of those three."