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Longest games in MLB history
Major League Baseball used to have games end in ties if no one could be ahead when it was too late at night. Not so in the modern game. Because of night time lighting on each field, Major League Baseball continues to play until one team is ahead after the bottom of an inning.
The absolute longest game in baseball at any professional level is 33 innings between AAA Pawtucket and the Rochester Red Wings April 18, 1981. The longest game in the Majors went 26 innings and ended in a tie game during the 1920 season.
Long games often have crazy comebacks , weird twists and errors due to tiredness. One thing is for sure—super long games in the Major Leagues aren't normal. Here's a look at the longest MLB games in histyr with an actual winner.
Colorado 2, San Diego 1, 2008
The most recent game to go over 20 innings in length happened April 17, 2008 at PetCo Park in California. Both teams were at even keel in the early part of the 2008 season when they met for a marathon game that lasted over six hours. No one scored until the top of the 14th, but then San Diego equalized in the bottom half. The tipping point was a two-out error that allowed Willy Taveras(notes) to reach first base. He subsequently stole second and then scored in the top of the 22nd inning on a double. After all the drama and pitching duels throughout the game, the winning run was unearned after a weary night.
Houston 1, New York 0, 1968
The Houston Astros sent Don Wilson to the mound to start the game against Tom Seaver of the New York Mets April 15, 1968, at the Astrodome. Both men threw complete game shutouts on the same day but didn't factor into the decision because Houston didn't score until the bottom of the 24th inning. It was the longest shutout ever played in baseball . Shortstop Al Weis let a ball go through his legs on a bases-loaded grounder for the only error on the New York Mets' night. Unfortunately, it scored the game-winning run.
San Francisco 8, New York 6, 1964
The San Francisco Giants outlasted the New York Mets in a seemingly high-scoring affair May 31, 1964 at Shea Stadium. The Giants jumped out to a 6-1 lead after three innings before New York would tie it in the seventh. No one would score again until the top of 23rd inning when a two-out triple by Jim Davenport would lead to a double and then a single by the next two batters for the final score.
Chicago 7, Milwaukee 6, 1984
A total of 43 hits were produced when the Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 after 25 full innings at Comiskey Park May 8, 1984. Tom Seaver picked up the victory when he pitched the last inning of the game in relief as opposed to starting. The marathon match up lasted over eight hours and well into the morning hours when Harold Baines hit a walk-off home run for manager Tony LaRussa. The White Sox had to battle back and tie the game not once, not twice, but three times in the seventh, ninth and 21st innings before a game-winner.
St. Louis 4, New York 3, 1974
The New York Mets can't seem to win games over 20 innings long. St. Louis did them in Sept. 11, 1974, at Shea Stadium. Center fielder Bake McBride would score from first base on a wild play when pitcher Hank Webb threw an errant pick off attempt wide of the bag.
William Browning was born in St. Louis and is a lifelong Cardinals fan. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
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