OAKLAND -- It was the longest day game in Oakland Athletics history, totaling five hours and 34 minutes. Not to be confused with the six hour, 32 minute night game earlier this season that started on April 29 and ended on the 30th.
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The term 'weird baseball' is used to describe a game that continues past the midnight hour. In this case, it wasn't weird, but it was certainly strange.
The game was so long there were two dot races and a seventh and 14th inning stretch. The game was so long, in fact, that Coco Crisp was held out of the lineup with a right heel injury and healed in time to collect a 15th inning hit that almost led to a walk-off, but Brandon Moss was thrown out at the plate.
Strange baseball indeed.
First baseman Brandon Moss ended up playing third base. Reliever Jesse Chavez, who frequents the shuttle to and from Sacramento to Oakland, and back, lasted 5 2/3 scoreless innings and was serenaded with "Jesse, Jesse" chants. And speaking of strange, after an inning-ending strike out way back in the 13th inning, he and Derek Norris were yelled at by Robinson Cano.
The game also saw Mariano Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, enter the game in the 18th inning to a standing ovation from A's and Yankees fans alike. That was classy, not strange. It is the last time Rivera is scheduled to appear at the Oakland Coliseum after 19 years in the big leagues. Rivera, 43, collected his first career win here. It occurred on May 28, 1995. It was certainly strange to see the Bronx legend give up the game-winning hit, to a kid from Boston nonetheless, Nate Freiman.
The game concluded a sweep of the New York Yankees. The A's have now won 11-in-a-row at home and have defeated them in their last seven games in Oakland.