Dodgers defeat Padres in longest extra-innings recreation since runner-on-second rule: 'This was actually bizarre'

MLB’s implementation of the “runner on second base” rule was supposed to assist shorten extra-innings video games. Largely, it has labored, as no recreation had lasted longer than 13 innings because the rule went into impact.

Properly, at the least none had till Wednesday night time. The Dodgers and Padres beat the earlier document by three innings, taking part in a 16-inning contest that Los Angeles ended up successful 5-3 due to an AJ Pollock dwelling run within the high of the sixteenth.

In every of the primary 5 additional innings, the Dodgers and Padres each failed to attain regardless of having the runner on second base with no one out to start out the inning.

“This was actually bizarre,” Padres starter Blake Snell mentioned of the sport, per ESPN. “Each groups have stacked lineups, can actually hit, and I imply, when did we rating greater than only one run? The fifteenth inning? What’s that? It was simply bizarre.”

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The sport continued to be bizarre into the fifteenth inning. The Dodgers scored twice to take a two-run lead and Corey Knebel was on to pitch for them. After recording one out, he balked deliberately to maneuver the runner on second base over to 3rd. Presumably, he made that transfer to make it more durable for the runner on second to see the indicators the catcher was placing down.

Initially, the balk wasn’t known as, however he did it once more and it was. On the very subsequent pitch, Fernando Tatis Jr. blasted a game-tying homer.

Earlier than that swing, Tatis had been 0-for-6, however the homer despatched the recreation right into a sixteenth inning. In the end, Pollock’s two-run homer within the high of the sixteenth and gave the Dodgers sufficient for the win.

In whole, the sport lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes. The groups mixed to make use of 19 pitchers and threw a mixed 489 pitches. Moreover, the Dodgers set a document by deliberately strolling eight batters, essentially the most since MLB began monitoring the stat in 1955, per ESPN.

Actually, the sport was an uncommon one. After the sport, the gamers and managers alike have been exhausted.

“I am fairly beat,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned. “However you’re feeling so much higher after a win.”

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