SAN DIEGO — You keep out that late within the Gaslamp Quarter, any person goes dwelling with regrets.
The Dodgers and San Diego Padres performed for 16 innings Wednesday night time into Thursday morning, the longest recreation in baseball’s ‘Free Runner Period.’ The sport was half pitchers’ duel (Blake Snell and Walker Buehler for the primary eight innings) and half tightrope stroll (all people else for the remainder of the night time) with the 2 groups combining to go 3 for 39 with runners in scoring place earlier than they began scoring runs in pairs.
AJ Pollock’s two-run leadoff dwelling run – a confluence of baseball phrases that was birthed final yr – within the sixteenth inning lastly held up for a 5-3 Dodgers victory.
The Dodgers and Padres got 27 free baserunners in additional innings – 14 by rule, 11 by intentional stroll, two extra by common stroll – and seemed all these present horses squarely within the face, stranding the primary 22 of them and going scoreless for 5 innings till the fifteenth inning when Billy McKinney and Trea Turner gave the Dodgers their first lead with back-to-back RBI singles.
The Dodgers bumped into two outs on the bases – Max Muncy (within the twelfth) and Will Smith (thirteenth) caught in rundowns lower than 90 ft from ending the late-night ordeal. The Padres did it as soon as – within the 14th.
On protection, the Dodgers twice deliberately walked back-to-back hitters (Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth each instances) to load the bases with two outs – and escaped. The eight intentional walks Supervisor Dave Roberts known as for are a major-league document.
Seventeen aid pitchers appeared within the recreation, combining to pitch 17-2/3 innings. The Dodgers’ eight relievers didn’t enable successful – till Fernando Tatis Jr. re-tied the rating with a two-run dwelling run off Corey Knebel within the backside of the fifteenth.
Lengthy forgotten by the point it ended was the gem between Snell and Buehler.
Snell retired the primary 11 Dodgers so as Wednesday. A kind of outs got here within the second inning when Wil Myers went again to the wall and pulled a Corey Seager fly ball again from over the fence, a theft homage to Pollock’s excellent catch in Tuesday’s recreation.
The eleventh out in Snell’s no-hit string got here on one other fly ball to the wall. Muncy’s drive might need come up simply wanting dwelling run distance however Padres heart fielder Trent Grisham went up on the wall and caught it earlier than it may do any injury.
Buehler held up his finish of the high-level pitchers’ duel. He allowed simply three hits in 6-2/3 innings, placing out eight.
A kind of hits left the bat at simply 69 mph and traveled lower than 80 ft, nevertheless it drove in the one run of the primary seven innings.
Cronenworth chopped a floor ball to the precise aspect to start out the second inning. Trea Turner lower in entrance of Seager to subject it then threw throughout his physique, excessive and vast of first base.
The throwing error left Cronenworth at second base and he moved to 3rd on a floor out two batters later. That’s when Myers chopped a floor ball weakly up the third bottom line – so weakly that Justin Turner may solely subject it and maintain the ball as Cronenworth scored from third on the infield single.
That unearned run seemed prefer it would possibly maintain up because the distinction till Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler despatched Snell again out for the eighth inning.
Snell struck out Chris Taylor to start out the inning and match the longest begin of his profession. He threw his career-high one hundred and fifteenth pitch to Smith – who despatched his 116th into the left subject seats for a game-tying dwelling run.
The night time was nonetheless younger at that time. It ended a tick wanting 1 a.m., practically six hours after it began, with the Dodgers’ tenth pitcher of the night time, Shane Greene, retiring the Padres so as within the backside of the sixteenth.
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