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The Longest Nine-Inning Brewers Games

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In Thursday's discussion of free agent pitchers living in Speculationville, I joked that a six-inning Doug Davis start combined with a three-inning Claudio Vargas save may set a team record for the longest nine-inning game.  I followed up by noting the current team record is a 4 hour, 22 minute slugfest in Chicago.  I also forgot scoring six more runs than the other guys means you win, but I digress.

I figured if I went to the trouble of looking up the record, I might as well post about the longest "regular" games in team history.  The following is a list of the 20 longest nine-inning games in Brewers history.  The dates are linked to the Baseball-Reference box score/play-by-play for each game.

 

Rank Date Opponent Score Time
1 5/11/2000 @CHC 14-8 4:22
2 7/10/1983 @CHW 12-9 4:11
3 8/4/2005 @NYM 12-9 4:09
4 9/29/2001 @COL 12-14 4:08
5 5/21/2000 SFG 10-16 4:04
6 7/1/1999 @CHC 19-12 4:00
7 7/16/1999 KCR 10-12 4:00
8 5/12/1987 OAK 8-10 3:59
9 5/24/1995 @CLE 7-5 3:59
10 5/20/2006 MIN 10-16 3:57
11 6/15/2009 @CLE 14-12 3:56
12 4/18/1990 @TEX 11-6 3:55
13 5/25/1992 @NYY 10-13 3:54
14 7/9/1994 CHW 7-11 3:52
15 5/17/1999 @NYM 7-6 3:51
16 6/8/1995 CLE 7-8 3:50
17 4/8/2000 @STL 8-10 3:50
18 9/3/2007 HOU 7-9 3:50
19 6/19/1989 @MIN 11-8 3:49
20 9/27/1992 OAK 5-3 3:49

 

Some random thoughts:

  • The Brewers were 10-10 in those 20 games.  However, they lost all five 3:48 nine-inning games.
  • 1999 and 2000 were long seasons in more ways than one.
  • The 4th, 13th, 17th, and 20th games on the above list actually lasted 8 1/2 innings, leaving us all to wonder what might have been.
  • You can see the impact of television on the length of games.  There are only 3 marathons from the 1980s and none before 1983.  The longest nine-inning game of the 1970s was a 3:42 loss to the Angels on 9/14/1979.  That game just barely edged the 49th game in Brewers history, a 3:40 loss to the Cleveland Indians on 6/3/1970.
  • The longest nine-inning Seattle Pilots game was this 3:35 affair.
  • The last time a nine-inning Brewers game finished in under two hours was 4/16/2004.  The Brewers starting pitcher in the 2-0 loss lasting 1 hour and 58 minutes?  None other than Doug Davis.  Now about that joke...
  • Finally, "low-scoring" is subjective and some generous types may consider the 20th place game to fit the bill.  Personally, I like wondering how a 1-0 game can take 3:02 to play.