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Mets – Cards Play Really Long Game

Posted by Steve Lombardi on April 17, 2010

Yeah, this one.

But, it's not like they've never done this before...via PI Game Finder:

Wednesday, September 11, 1974, @ Shea Stadium
Attendance: 13,460, Time of Game: 7:04

                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9  10 11 12  13 14 15  16 17 18  19 20 21  22 23 24  25    R  H  E
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Cardinals       1  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  2   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   1    4 18  2
Mets            1  0  0   0  2  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0    3 16  4

19 Responses to “Mets – Cards Play Really Long Game”

  1. DoubleDiamond Says:

    This one was scoreless for 18 innings. Right now, the Mets have gone ahead, 1-0, in the top of the 19th. I probably should know, but what's the record for scoreless innings from the beginning of the game? I know the Phillies and Cubs went fairly late into extra innings tied 0-0 on May 17, 1991 (at the Vet, not at Wrigley with a score like that). Winning pitcher Tommy Greene, just up from the minors, distinguished himself enough in that game enough to be rewarded with a start the following week in Montreal. He pitched a no-hitter against the Expos in that game. In that 1-0 game played in Pennsylvania, both pitchers who got decisions had last names that were names of Pennsylvania counties - Greene and Les Lancaster. (Greene County is lot closer to Forbes/Three Rivers/PNC than to Baker/Shibe/Veterans/Citizens Bank, however.)

    In the time it has taken me to type this, St. Louis has tied the score, 1-1, and could have won it by now if someone hadn't been caught stealing. So the game may go on, although not scoreless.

  2. Jim Says:

    Interesting note about that game in '74 between the cards and mets... Clauded Osteen pitched 9.1 scoreless innings OF RELIEF... this has to be one of the best relief performances of all time...

  3. Russell Says:

    Jim, in another long Mets game, against the Giants in 1964, one Gaylord Perry pitched 10 innings of relief to get the win. For the Mets, Larry Bearnarth went 7 and Galen Cisco went 9 before picking up the loss.

  4. Russell Says:

    The Mets also played a game on 4/15/68 that went 24 innings. The Astros won 1-0. So that one went 23 innings before someone scored. I recall seeing a game somewhere that ended a 0-0 tie after 26 innings in the 1920s, but I cannot confirm.

  5. Gerry Says:

    Russell, there has only been one major league 26-inning game, and that ended 1-1.

  6. Gerry Says:

    Joe Mather came into the game as a pinch-hitter, and stayed in to play center, 3rd, and to pitch. He's only the second player (in the years covered by the Play Index) to pinch-hit, play 3rd, and pitch in the same game; he's the only player to pinch-hit, play center, and pitch in the same game.

  7. Andy Says:

    When was the last time a single team used two different non-pitchers as pitchers in the same game? I can't remember it ever happening before.

  8. Jim Says:

    The longest game ever by innings was this one May 1, 1920 a 1-1 tie between the robins and the braves. The robins went 9 for 85 that day and failed to get a hit after the 17th.

    The most interesting part about this game-- Both starting pitchers went all 26 innings. Leon cadore and joe oescheger

  9. Whiz Says:

    Also interesting about the 26-inning game was that Oescheger lead the league in earned runs that year. That one game lowered his ERA by 0.30.

  10. Baseball In-Depth Says:

    The Mets were only 1 pitcher away from tying the all-time record with 11.

  11. TheGoof Says:

    Is there a way to find out the player with the most extra-inning RBI, or even better, RBI from the 15th inning onwards?

  12. mikeyjax Says:

    In scores from around the league.....

    Has anybody else noticed that the NYC had a long day of baseball watching back on that day in '74? Look what the Yanks - they played a double-header with the 1st game going........17... wow!

  13. Raphy Says:

    Regarding 11. You could find it, if you piece together multiple Batting Event searches (RBI filtered for inning 10+. The good news is that if you choose to do it, the csv option can be very helpful. Sorry that I can't give you an easier answer

  14. Raphy Says:

    Regarding 7. Andy -I don't know the last time, but according to this ( ) it was done by the Expos on 7-20-1990.

  15. Erik Says:

    Bob Apodaca, who had 3 innings of scoreless relief for the Mets, is now the pitching coach for Ubaldo Jimenez and the Rockies....

  16. mikeyjax Says:

    Courtesy of the Cards pre-game notes......the last time the Cards played a 20 inning game before Saturday....was 4/27/03.....Also of note that day is the fact that Kevin Milwood threw a no-hitter.....Curiously the Mets Notes were not published Sundau...perhaps they slept in? The game started at 7pm CT--- What's up with that?

  17. Tim R. Says:

    One of my favorites, the late Rick Mahler, pitched 8 or 9 scoreless innings in relief to get the win over the Cards in, I believe, 1987. The losing pitcher was infielder Jose Oquendo who went 3 innings.

  18. tmckelv Says:

    1974 Game - Thank God there was a botched pickoff play (2 errors - 1 by the pitcher and 1 by the catcher??? only the 1970's Mets) that allowed Bake McBride to score from first!!! Otherwise the game might still be going on. I love 1970's baseball and this game features a cuple dozen of my favorite ball players. The Cardinals had a pretty good team (Brock, Sizemore, R. Smith, Torre, Simmons, McBride, Rietz, and Tyson is a nice lineup, with J.Cruz, K. Hernandez, Hunt and Herndon off the bench. I also enjoy many of the Mets - Harrelson, Millan, Milner, etc.

    Ray Bare must have been embarrased with his 1/3 of an inning while the 17-year vet Osteen pitched 9+ (with 4 AB's).

  19. Djibouti Says:

    My favorite part of the game would have to be that in the 19th and 20th innings the Cardinals had an outfielder pitching (Mather) and a pitcher playing left field (Lohse). You have to wonder what would have happened if LaRussa had gone with a starter in long relief instead of position players.