Kernels: Long day at the ballpark

If you like long games and late nights, this was your week. That's why we're devoting our entire column of favorite nuggets from the week to that topic.

Monday marathon: Mets/Marlins

On Monday night the New York Mets and Miami Marlins played a 15-inning affair, with Miami tying the game in the ninth after a leadoff double, and the teams trading runs in the 15th before Nick Green's sacrifice fly gave the Marlins a walk-off.

It was just the third walk-off anything in Marlins history to happen in the 15th inning or later; Bob Natal had a 15th-inning triple in their inaugural season of 1993. andTodd Zeile had a 17th-inning single in 1998,

That game ended at 12:42 am, and managed to reign as the second-longest game of the season for just 2 hours 47 minutes.

Monday marathon: Angels/Athletics

The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics repeated the story for the west-coast audience, with Oakland tying in the 9th after a leadoff walk and a stolen base. The teams once again traded runs in the 15th, but the Athletics left the winning run at third and the game went on. Finally with two outs in the 19th, Brandon Moss ended things with a two-out walk-off homer.

Times of last out (ET)
In last game of day

Moss' homer was the latest walk-off by inning since then-Mariner Mike Cameron hit one off Jeff Fassero of the Boston Red Sox on August 1, 2000.

That was with nobody out in the 19th; if you consider two out in the 19th to be further along in the game, then it becomes the latest since August 31, 1993, when Pedro Muñoz won a 22-inning game for the Minnesota Twins against the Cleveland Indians.

Both teams were on their ninth time through the batting order when the game ended. There were 10 players in the game who recorded eight or more at-bats, the first time that had happened since that same Muñoz walkoff game in 1993.

And there's always one guy left out; this time it was Josh Hamilton who drew an 0-for-8 collar with three strikeouts. Hamilton's only had one other 0-for-6-plus in his career (it was in 2008), and no Angels batter has gone 0-for-8 since Wally Joyner did so in a 16-inning game against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 6, 1990.

Although there were two 15-inning games on June 17 last season, we haven't seen one game go 19+ AND another game go 15 or more, on the same day, since September 11, 1974 (and that day featured a 25-inning game between the Mets and Cardinals).

It was the fourth straight year that a game has gone at least 19 innings; the Pirates famously played in the last two such games which coincided with their season taking a downhill turn after that.

We haven't seen four straight seasons with a 19-inning game since 1979-82. And 1971-74 is the only other such string of seasons in the past 90 years.

The end of that game finally came at 1:41 am PDT, the latest finish (by 19 minutes) to a game ever played in Oakland.

Thursday thrillfest: Astros/Tigers

On Thursday the Houston Astros got caught up in their longest game since August 2010, a 14-inning loss to the Detroit Tigers. Detroit posted a four-spot in the top of the 14th as Dallas Keuchel was unable to get through a fifth inning of relief.

Both teams recorded 18 strikeouts in the game, already the second time that's happened this season... and the Tigers were part of the other game as well (it's their 14-inning affair in Seattle on April 17).

Other Kernels

The Tigers also struck out 18 Atlanta Braves on April 26 (that's Anibal Sanchez's 17-strikeout game).

Their three games with 18 or more strikeouts already tie the live-ball-era record for such a thing, last accomplished by the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks (all in Randy Johnson starts).

Detroit's leadoff hitter, Austin Jackson, came to the plate seven times in the game and had three hits and four strikeouts.

That's a mark accomplished just nine other times since 1916, and never before by a leadoff hitter OR a Tiger.

However, it was last done just three days earlier-- by Moss in the 19-inning game.