To my wife who was having trouble sleeping as I rolled a game last night, I apologize.
I have data-based the results of the last 1,113 games I have rolled.
Last evening was the longest game I’ve ever rolled in that time and, I’m guessing, ever.
Tied 3-3 after 6 innings of play, relievers tossed a combined 27 innings of shutout baseball before things finally ended.
I was tempted to write “mercifully” ended, because these aren’t even two teams I wanted to roll with.
Both are woefully under-performing, and one of them entered the game needing to start a pitcher not rated at starter and only having one man available in the bullpen because of an insane number of injuries to their team.
I went with a questionable decision of letting the only available reliever go forever, playing with basic rules and ignoring the “maximum innings” rule.
In hindsight, I should have forced him to pitch tired – I have tired rules that can be applied to pitchers, even in basic.
Or, for that matter, found a reliever who was only one game removed from being rested and forced him to pitch tired.
But instead I let this guy go on… For 12.2 innings of work.
Again, in hindsight, I shouldn’t have done that. But he never allowed 3 base runners in one inning or 4 in two consecutive innings, and I just let him keep going out there.
That same reliever ended up with six plate appearances.