The Colorado Rockies used more pitchers in a game than any team in MLB history in a Tuesday night game that ended Wednesday morning. But it took slugger Nolan Arrenado to hit the ball out of the park to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine in the 16th.
“Tomorrow is no longer another day,” 87-years-young Vin Scully told television viewers after the clock had struck 12 in the 15th inning. “It has arrived.”
The Rockies used 30 players, tying an MLB mark, and 13 pitchers, setting a new record, in the 5-4, 16-inning win. The Rockies, last in the NL West, improved to 61-84 and the Dodgers, leading the Giants by 7.5 games, dropped to 83-61.
The five-hour, 23-minute game saw 58 players on both teams enter the 16-inning game and witnessed Don Mattingly and Walt Weiss use 24 pitchers. In both instances, the Dodgers and Rockies combined to set records. Naturally, only the starting pitchers, and not the 22 relievers, stepped to the plate for at-bats.
“You can probably only pull that off in September with the expanded rosters, to get through 16 innings like we did,” Weiss told the press after the game. “That’s probably been one of the craziest ones I’ve been a part of. I’m so proud of our guys for continuing to fight all the way.”