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.
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.