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"There’s nothing easy about it," A’s catcher John Jaso said.
In all, 510 pitches were thrown by 14 different pitchers and 137 batters came to the plate. In the long Marlins-Mets and Angels-A’s contests, it was 156 batters.
The A’s became the first American League team to play two 18-inning games in one season since Oakland and the Washington Senators did so in 1971.
The Yankees stranded 11 of their 13 baserunners from the 10th through 14th innings, when they missed scoring opportunities in each of those frames.
"Pitching’s really good, and it’s hard to score runs," Oakland’s Moss said. "You’re seeing a lot of fresh arms coming out of the bullpen, and the later in the game you get, you’re getting tired. I feel like almost all extra-inning games happen on day games, because you’re starting to wear down toward the end of the game, they’re bringing in fresh arms and the offense just shuts down."
The Mariners lost a 14-inning game to Detroit in April, then beat Texas in 13 innings in May. Seattle also has played five 10-inning games.
Might there be yet more long baseball this weekend when the Mariners play at Oakland?
The AL West-leading A’s were 41-27 heading into Friday night’s series opener with Seattle. How many regulars will be recovered by then from the 18-inning affair a day earlier remained to be seen.
"By that time it was, basically, a game of attrition," A’s manager Bob Melvin said. "After the 15th or 16th, you’re delirious. We had guys playing out of position at the end of the game. Derek Norris caught the whole game and he was still running as hard as he could to first base and blocking two-strike balls in the dirt. All I had to do was sit there."
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