Tampa Bay Rays and Marlin 9-6 game on Tuesday was one of the most bizarre match ever seen in history. The game went on for more than 5 hours and constituted of 16 innings. The game was long enough to make it seem like the whole series. The game started with a quick 2-0 lead to the Rays side when Wilson Ramos went deep with his home run in the first inning that earned Rays the initial two-point with Marlins being on zero.
Looking at the doubles one after another by Daniel Robertson and Adeiny Hechavarria the second inning went as smooth as first for Rays. After two runs from them and one single from Mallex Smith, the game looked to be cushioning the starter, Ryan Yarbrough.
Yarbrough allowed one single and a two-out double, it couldn’t get worse, but after deliberately walking No. 8 hitter Lewis Brinson, he allowed a two-run single to Richards, the opposing starter. Then Austin Pruitt stepped in and gave up the rest of the lead. He allowed a walk; two singles and a sac fly to make it a tie 4-4.
After that nothing much happened between 4th to 15th innings. The game then took a weird and amazing turn when Vidal Nuno walked in he helped a lot in smoothing the way to the victory for the Rays with his RBI Single. But unfortunately, he was called out. Then Daniel Robertson followed Nuno by giving one of his own double and gave 9-4 lead to Tampa Bay Rays.
“We’re beat up, we got some guys that were hurt, but ultimately to win,” Manager Kevin Cash said. “We get off to an early start, and then we didn’t really play maybe our best, but they found a way. The guys kept grinding through. Both teams grinded a long time, some odd matchups, some unique situations that came about, presented themselves. But ultimately we found a way to win.”
The rays did find an odd way out of their long no run misery that started off from the 4th inning onwards to the 15th then the game totally turned around giving rays their win over marlins in the 16th inning.
“Definitely not how you draw up in a lot of different ways,” third baseman Matt Duffy said. “Typically, in a 16-inning game there are going to be some ugly things and there was today. We had Sucre start the 16th and they had (pitcher Dan) Straily pinch-hit as the tying run. Obviously not an ideal day but happy to come out with the win.”
The game was one hell of a day and been recorded as the longest game in Rays History and the second longest overall.
Now with Nuno being on the DL rays are highly lacking the pitching depth and there is still one last game with Marlins for their 4-game series. The rumors have it that they’ll be adding a couple of fresh arms to the team.