October 27, 2018

Last Night's Game 3 Lasted Longer Than The Entire 1939 World Series

The Dodgers' 3-2 win over the Red Sox last night in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series took longer to play than the entire 1939 World Series.

The Yankees swept four games from the Reds that fall, in games that lasted a combined 7:05. Last night's 18-inning marathon was 7:20.

Game 3 featured the second outfield assist to home in extra-innings of a World Series game (1973, Game 2).

Game 3 saw both teams make an error in the same World Series extra inning for the first time since Game 4 in 1969.

The Red Sox's 1-4 hitters went 0-for-28, the most hitless at-bats from the top of the order by any team in the live ball era, regular or postseason.

Walker Buehler become the second World Series starting pitcher ever with 7+ strikeouts and two or fewer baserunners allowed (Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956).

Game 3 was the longest postseason game in MLB history at 7:20. It surpassed the previous record of 6:23 (2014 NLDS Game 2: Giants 2, Nationals 1 (18))

Game 3 was only the seventh game (regular season or postseason) to last more than seven hours in length.
8:06 - May 8, 1984 - White Sox 7, Brewers 6 (25)
7:23 - May 31, 1964 - Giants 8, Mets 6 (23) (G2 of DH)
7:20 - October 26, 2018 - Dodgers 3, Red Sox 2 (18)
7:14 - June 3, 1989 - Astros 5, Dodgers 4 (22)
7:06 - August 24, 2013 - Diamondbacks 12, Phillies 7 (18)
7:04 - September 11, 1974 - Cardinals 4, Mets 3 (25)
7:00 - June 24, 1962 - Yankees 9, Tigers 7 (22)
Game 3 was also the longest World Series game by innings. The previous mark was 14 innings (1916 Game 2, 2005 Game 3, 2015 Game 1).

Boston and Los Angeles combined to use 46 players, a World Series record. The Mets and Atlanta used 45 players in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS.

Red Sox batters struck out 19 times, a World Series record, breaking the old mark of 17, by the 1968 Tigers in Game 1 against Bob Gibson of the Cardinals.

The Red Sox and Dodgers also set a World Series record with combined 34 strikeouts.

Christian Vazquez is the second player to play catcher and first base in a World Series game, joining Oakland's Gene Tenace (Games 3, 6 and 7 of the 1973 World Series).

Nathan Eovaldi's 97 pitches were the most in a relief appearance in World Series history. He was also the first reliever to pitch six innings in a World Series game since Rick Rhoden of the Dodgers pitched seven innings in Game 4 in 1977 against the Yankees.

Eovaldi batted twice, becoming the first relief pitcher with two plate appearances in a World Series game in 31 years (Bob Forsch of the Cardinals went 0-for-2 in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series).

The Dodgers are the first team to win a World Series game after trailing in the 11th inning or later.

There were 561 pitches thrown in the game, a World Series record.

The two teams combined for 131 plate appearances and 118 official at-bats.


In the last four days, Nathan Eovaldi has pitched in three World Series games, going eight innings and allowing two runs (one unearned), three hits, and one walk. He has faced 28 batters and thrown 126 pitches.

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley changed outfield positions seven times over the course of five innings. From BRef:
Innings 1-7: J.D. Martinez LF, Bradley CF, Betts RF.

Bottom 8th. Matt Barnes pitching.
Joc Pederson strikes out swinging.
Justin Turner singles to LF.
Max Muncy grounds into fielder's choice, Turner out 1B-SS.
Bradley moves from CF to LF, Betts moves from RF to CF, Martinez moves from LF to RF.
Manny Machado strikes out swinging.

Bottom 9th. David Price pitching.
Bradley moves from LF to CF, Betts moves from CF to RF, Martinez moves from RF to LF.
Cody Bellinger singles to LF.
Yasiel Puig flied out to RF.
Bellinger caught stealing, P-1B-SS-P-2B.
Yasmani Grandal walks.
Craig Kimbrel pitching.
Chris Taylor walks, Grandal to 2B.
Bradley moves from CF to LF, Betts moves from RF to CF, Martinez moves from LF to RF.
Brian Dozier PH for Kenley Jansen.
Austin Barnes PR for Grandal.
Dozier fouled out to C.

Bottom 10th. Kimbrel pitching.
Eduardo Nunez moves from PH to 3B, Brock Holt moves from 2B to LF, Ian Kinsler moves from PR to 2B, Bradley moves from LF to CF, Betts moves from CF to RF.
Pederson pops out to 3B.
Turner grounds out 3B-1B.
Muncy hits ground-rule double to RF.
Bradley moves from CF to LF, Betts moves from RF to CF, Holt moves from LF to RF.
Machado pops to SS.

Bottom 11th. Heath Hembree pitching.
Holt moves from RF to LF, Bradley moves from LF to CF, Betts moves from CF to RF.
Bellinger grounds out 2B-1B.
Puig flies out to RF.
Barnes walks.
Taylor strikes out swinging.

Innings 11-18: Holt LF, Bradley CF, Betts RF.
Twelve different Red Sox players were in the ninth batting spot.

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