World Series 2018: 13 insane facts from the longest game in postseason history

Game 3 of the World Series came to an end after Max Muncy’s walk-off home run in the 18th inning after 7 hours and 20 minutes, marking the longest postseason game in MLB history both in terms of time and innings — but that wasn’t the only bizarre number from the marathon game.

Take a look at the historic night between the Dodgers and Red Sox in which Los Angeles escaped with a 3-2 victory as the Red Sox lead the series 2-1, per USA Today and 

Here’s a breakdown by the numbers from Game 3: 

7:20 — Longest game in postseason history. It surpassed the previous record of 6 hours and 23 minutes, which was set in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS between the Giants and Nationals.

46 — Players used. The previous World Series record was 43 and the previous postseason record was 45 players, which was set by the Braves and Mets in their 15-inning battle in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS. Red Sox pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale, and Dodgers pitchers Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu were the only players who didn’t make it into Game 3.

34 — Total strikeouts, which tied the postseason record.

18 — Innings, which sets the World Series record (previously 14) and ties the postseason record.

9 — Number of pitchers each team used. The 18 total pitchers used in Game 3 sets a record not only for the World Series, but also any postseason game.

8 — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts became the first player in postseason history to go 0-for-8 in a game.

Here are seven crazy facts to know about Game 3:

— There hasn’t been a walk-off homer like Muncy’s in the World Series since Game 6 in 2011 when current teammate David Freese delivered one for the Cardinals.

— Game 3 was just the eighth game of any regular-season or postseason game to exceed seven hours since 1908. The last time that happened was on Aug. 24, 2013, when the Diamondbacks defeated the Phillies 12-7 in 18 innings.

— To put the length of Game 3 in perspective, per STATS: “The entire 1939 World Series finished in less time, wrapping up in a tidy 7 hours, 5 minutes. The Yankees swept the Reds in that one, with none of the four games lasting longer than 2 hours, 4 minutes.”

— Boston’s Christian Vazquez moved from catcher to first base in the 11th inning, becoming only the second player to play those two positions in a World Series game. 

— Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi’s 97 pitches were the most in a relief appearance in the World Series. He was the first reliever to complete six innings in a Fall Classic game since the Dodgers’ Rick Rhoden went seven in Game 4 in 1977 against the Yankees, notes.

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— The Dodgers have never lost a Game 3 of the World Series at home when trailing 2-0. Per The Dodgers “also won Game 3 in 1981 against the Yankees (won the Series in six), ’65 against the Twins (won the Series in seven), ’55 against the Yankees (won the Series in seven), ’53 against the Yankees (lost the Series in six), ’47 against the Yankees (lost the Series in seven) and ’16 against the Red Sox (lost the Series in five).”

— With the Dodgers’ 3-2 victory in Game 3, they became the first team to win a World Series game after trailing in the 11th inning or later.

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