MLB sides play and play and play…
The Arizona Diamondbacks have outlasted as much as outplayed the Philadelphia Phillies in a marathon game that took seven hours and six minutes to complete at Citizens Bank Park.
Adam Eaton finally got the go-ahead double in the top of the 18th inning as the D-Backs win 12-7 well into the early hours of the morning.
Both sides used an incredible 20 pitchers in a game that went until 2.12am in what was a new record game length for both franchises and was the longest game by time since the Dodgers and Astros played eight minutes longer on June 3, 1989.
Needing 18 innings was also a record game length for the Diamondbacks, but the Phillies fell short of their all-time mark of 21 set way back in 1918.
The teams combined for 137 at-bats, 35 hits, 32 strikeouts and 28 walks. Both teams used 22 of their available 25 players, with only three starting pitchers for each going unused.
In a sign of how desperate the bullpen rotations became for the Phillies, outfielder Casper Wells took to the mound.
After retiring the first two batters, Wells walked Tony Campana to start Arizona’s five-run inning. With Campana running, Eaton lined a double to left-center to put Arizona in front 8-7.
After Wells intentionally walked Paul Goldschmidt, Martin Prado drove in Eaton with a single to right to give the Diamondbacks a two-run advantage.
Gerardo Parra broke the game open with a two-run single that spelled the end for Wells, who was replaced by another position player, infielder John McDonald.
And to think the teams have to play the series finale less than 12 hours after the final out.