Friday, July 21, 2006

"6 Hours 40 Minutes: Cyclones Fall to Oneonta in 26 Innings" [New York Times]

The New York Times --

The Brooklyn Cyclones and the Oneonta Tigers played the longest game in the history of the New York-Penn League yesterday. Oneonta won, 6-1, at the Cyclones’ KeySpan Park in Coney Island in a 26-inning game that ran 6 hours 40 minutes.
The Pawtucket Red Sox defeated the Rochester Red Wings, 3-2, in 33 innings in 1981 in the longest professional game. The Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves played a 1-1 tie, going 26 innings, in 1920, the longest major league game by innings.
Mark Wright, an outfielder, came in to pitch in the 25th inning for Class A Brooklyn after the Cyclones, a Mets farm team, had run out of pitchers. He threw a scoreless inning before allowing five runs, three of them earned, in the 26th.
On Kids Camp Day, a crowd of 9,004 attended the game, which started at noon.
The Cyclones’ manager, George Greer, was ejected in the bottom of the first inning after arguing a force play at second base and spent the rest of the afternoon in the clubhouse.
The Brooklyn starter, Eric Brown, in his second start of the season for the Cyclones, went the first seven innings, giving up a run and five hits. Earlier this season, he started a game for Hagerstown of the Class A South Atlantic League that went 22 innings.
Randor Bierd (1-0), who pitched the last two innings for Oneonta, got the victory.
By the time he walked off the mound at game’s end, almost 200 fans were still in the seats.