Major League Baseball's historic day: Two games last 18+ innings

Miami Marlins' Placido Polanco slides home to score the game-winning run in the 20th inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

By, Liz Feldman

Baseball fans in Toronto and New York sure got their money’s worth on Saturday. For only the second time in baseball history, two games played on the same day lasted at least 18 innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Blue Jays hosted the Texas Rangers while the Mets were home against the Miami Marlins.

The Blue Jays beat the Rangers, 4-3, in 18 innings, while it took the Marlins 20 innings to knock off the Mets, 2-1.

Some of the statistics from the games are eye popping. The Blue Jays-Rangers game lasted 5 hours, 28 minutes while the Mets-Marlins game ended 6 hours, 25 minutes after it began.

The Mets used 21 of its 25 players in the game, while the Marlins used 20 including 8 pitchers. Combined, the Marlins staff threw 294 pitches, while the Mets pitchers hurled 267 pitches.

Even though the American League uses a designated hitter, Toronto and Texas stretched their staffs as well. Texas used 17 players but only 5 pitchers, while Toronto used 21 players, including 9 pitchers. Texas hurlers threw 260 pitches in the game, while the Blue Jays pitchers tossed 267 pitches.

The last time two games lasted this long was on August 15, 2006. The Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies, 2-1, in 18 innings. That same day, the Chicago Cubs knocked off the Houston Astros, 8-6, in 18 innings.

The Washington Nationals were in action this afternoon and their game also went into extra innings. The Nats lost to the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 11 innings, a relatively short game in comparison.