Marathon Men Win on Record Knight

It’s August 2013 — not December, 1963 — but just like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons once sang, “Oh What A Night.” In the longest game of the season from both an innings and time elapsed perspective, the TinCaps beat South Bend, 7-6, in 16 innings Wednesday night Thursday morning. Some 5 hours, 2 minutes after first pitch, the game ended at 12:08 a.m. on a walk-off single by Reynaldo Bruguera.

Even after all that managing, Jose Valentin was still his talkative self afterward. Listen below:

Here’s Mike Couzens’ and Kent Horman’s recap of all the fun, as well:


Even though there are obviously lots of baseball games to draw comparison with, this harken backed memories of my alma mater’s classic basketball game in the 2009 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden against UConn.

Made by Holy Shirt!

Of course the stakes were a little different with less night just being a regular season game — and it didn’t quite beat the club record for longest game in franchise history (18 innings / 5 hours, 13 minutes – Arpil 7, 1995 vs. Michigan)  — but if The Orchard Team Store were to make up a shirt, her are some numbers it could include on the back…

Position Players Who Pitched: 1

Ties: 2

Lead Changes: 4

Errors: 6

Runs: 13

Innings: 16

Fort Wayne Players Used: 16

South Bend Players Used: 19

Fort Wayne Strikeouts: 20

Runners Left on Base: 26

Hits: 28

Minutes: 302

Pitches; 461


With starter Bryan Rodriguez striking out a season-high seven in five innings, Ruben Mejia fanning five in three frames, Roman Madrid K-ing two in the ninth inning, Jorge Guzman getting three to go down swinging in three innings, Trevor Gott retiring two on strikes in two innings, and Matt Chabot striking out one, TinCaps pitching had 20 K’s on Wednesday to set a
franchise record. The previous Fort Wayne single-game strikeout record of 19 was set August 11, 2000 against West Michigan. The 2013 high prior to Wednesday also came against South Bend, back on June 20. Adys Portillo (5) and Walker Weickel (9) combined for 14 strikeouts.


It’s Tribute to Island Parties tonight at Parkview Field, so Jimmy Buffett, take it away!

Thanks as always for reading. Feel free to be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email:

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