If it seems like a lot of long MLB days are turning into night lately, you're right.
For the third time in less than a week, a matinee went at least 18 innings. This time, it was the Yankees' 3-2 loss Thursday at Oakland that ended in the bottom of the 18th after 5 hours and 35 minutes. Last Saturday while I was in Scranton with the Bisons, we were following the Mets' 20-inning loss to the Marlins and the Blue Jays' 18-inning win over the Rangers.
So how rare is all this?
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's just the fourth time in history there has been three 18+-inning games in a month and it's never happened in a week. The previous three times were June 1967, August 1972 and May 1973.
More from Elias on A's-Yankees:
---The A's became the first team to win two games of 18 or more innings since the 1985 Mets and joined the 1967 Yankees as the only teams in history to win two of them at home.
---The Yankees' Nos 4-7 hitters (Mark Teixeira, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells) combined to go 0 for 28 in the game with 12 strikeouts. Yes, 0 for 28. It's the first time in MLB history that four players in consecutive slots in the order went hitless with at least 28 at-bats.
---All four players struck out three times and it thus became the first game in history in which three players on the same team went at least 0 for 7 with three strikeouts. Hafner and Wells were 0 for 8 in the game while Youkilis was 0 for 7 and Teixeira was 0 for 5.
The Yankees' offense is starting to regress to the level most people thought it might before the season started. Not good news given the state of the Bombers' rotation, as Jerry Sullivan recently opined about.
(Photo: The scoreboard in Oakland tells the tale of a long day Thursday/Associated Press)