Mets & Cardinals – A Hard Day’s Night

  1. In yesterday’s 20-inning, 6:53, Mets/Cardinals game, won by the Mets 2-1, 19 players pitched.
  2. The only players not used in the game were four starting pitchers: Oliver Perez of the Mets, and the Cardinals Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Brad Penny.
  3. Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who pitched Thursday, two days earlier, throwing 106 pitches, earned the save with a 1-2-3 20th inning.
  4. Francisco Rodriguez earned the “vulture” win after allowing the only Cardinals run in the 19th inning.
  5. The Mets used nine pitchers, but no position players.
  6. The Cardinals had 10 on the mound including infielder Felipe Lopez pitched a scoreless 18th inning. Lopez, who won Friday’s night game with a grand slam homer, played short, then moved to third, went to the mound, and then returned to third in the 19th.
  7. Joe Mather (0-1) came into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 10th, and stayed in to play center in the 11th, moved to 3rd in the 18th, and came on to pitch in the 19th. He had played three innings at third in 2008, but had never pitched before in the majors or minors, last pitching when he was a sophomore in high school.
  8. Cardinals’ pitcher Kyle Lohse entered the game in the 18th inning playing left field. He fielded flawlessly but went 0-1 at the plate.
  9. The longest game between the Mets and Cardinals was on September 11, 1974 at Shea Stadium, which the Cards won 4-3 in 25 innings.