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Added October 7th, 2014 by Ian

Nationals and Giants in longest playoff game ever
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The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants play longest playoff game in MLB history
When the San Francisco Giants traveled to Washington to take on the Nationals in a National League Divisional Series playoff game on Saturday, October 4th neither the teams nor the fans knew what they were in for. The game turned out to be the longest in Major League Baseball (MLB) playoff history as the Giants came from behind to tie it at 1-1 in the top of the ninth and then won it 2-1 by scoring again in the top of the 18th inning. The win gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Here are some interesting and fun facts about the contest:

It tied for the longest playoff game by innings at 18. The record was first set back in the 2005 season when the Houston Astros met the Atlanta Braves in game four of a National League Divisional Series. The Astros won the game 7-6 at home.

While the game tied the record for longest by innings it became the longest by time as the Giants vs Nationals encounter took six hours and 23 minutes to complete. Fans could have actually flown from San Francisco when the game started and made it to Nationals Park in Washington DC before it ended. The Astros vs Braves game went five hours and 50 minutes.

Thirty-nine-year-old Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson also started in the other 18-inning playoff game as he took to the mound for the Braves nine years ago. First baseman Adam LaRoche of the Nationals also played in the other 18-inning game with the Braves.

Both of the catchers in the Giants vs Nationals contest played all 18 innings. These were Wilson Ramos of the Nationals and Buster Posey of the Giants.

Twenty-nine-year-old San Francisco pitcher Yusmeiro Petit became the first pitcher since 1999 to throw at least six shutout relief innings and win a playoff game. Pedro Martinez was the last to accomplish the feat.

Washington manager Matt Williams had to watch the last seven innings of the game in the team’s clubhouse as he was ejected in the bottom of the 10th inning when he argued balls and strikes with the umpire. Washington’s second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera was also thrown out with Williams for the same reason.

Washington used nine pitchers in the game to tie a playoff record. It might have easily been more but starter Jordan Zimmermann went 8 and 2/3 innings before being yanked with one out in the ninth.

Washington reliever Tanner Roark was hit with the loss. He was 27 years old in the top if the 18th inning and had turned 28 by the time the bottom of the inning had finished. This is because the game started on October 4 and finished on Oct 5.

 
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