Mind-Blowing Facts from WS18 Game 3

“Who says we’ll never see an extra inning game in which the tie is never broken, no matter how long they play? ! ~ This is baseball, isn’t it?”

A Few Prominent WS Game 3 Facts

Pitches – 561 Players Used – 46
At Bats – 118 Innings – 18
Pitchers Used – 18 K’s – 34
Time of Game – 7 hrs   20 min

18 amazing facts from marathon Game 3 of WS

Oct. 27th, 2018:
  1. Muncy’s walk-off homer was the first in the World Series since his current teammate, David Freese, delivered one for the Cardinals in Game 6 in 2011.
  2. Previously, the Dodgers’ latest postseason homer was Kirk Gibson’s 12th-inning shot against the Mets at Shea Stadium in Game 4 of the 1988 NL Championship Series.
  3. Game 3 was the longest postseason game in MLB history at seven hours, 20 minutes.
  4. Game 3 was only the eighth game of any kind (regular season or postseason) since at least 1908 to exceed seven hours in length.
  5.  In terms of longest World Series games, Game 3 eclipsed Game 3 of the 2005 World Series in total length — that game between the White Sox and Astros was five hours, 41 minutes, ending in a 7-5 Chicago victory in 14 innings at Minute Maid Park.
  6. Friday’s Game 3 between the Red Sox and Dodgers also set a new record for longest World Series game in terms of innings, at 18.
  7. To put the time it took to play Game 3 in perspective, consider this note from STATS: The entire 1939 World Series finished in less time, wrapping up in a tidy seven hours, five minutes.
  8. (Game 3) represented the first instance of a go-ahead run scoring on an error in extra innings of a World Series game since the Mets’ Mookie Wilson’s ground ball went between Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 in 1986, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run.
  9.  When Dodgers reliever Alex Wood took the mound to pitch the top of the 18th, he became the 44th player to participate in the contest, setting a new World Series record.
  10. The Red Sox and Dodgers each used nine pitchers in the game, tying a postseason record.
  11. The teams combined to use 46 players, including Clayton Kershaw, who served as a pinch-hitter.
  12. When Christian Vazquez moved from catcher to first base in the 11th inning, he became only the second player to play those two positions in a World Series game, joining Oakland’s Gene Tenace in Games 3, 6 and 7 of the 1973 World Series.
  13. When Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up a game-tying homer to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the eighth inning, it was the second time a L.A. pitcher had given up a game-tying home run in the eighth inning or later of a World Series game.
  14. Eovaldi’s 97 pitches were the most in a relief appearance in the World Series, and he was the first reliever to complete six innings in a Fall Classic game since the Dodgers’ Rick Rhoden went seven in Game 4 in 1977 against the Yankees.
  15. Eovaldi had two at-bats, becoming the first relief pitcher to have two plate appearances in a World Series game since the Cardinals’ Bob Forsch, who went 0-for-2 in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series against the Twins.
  16. The top four spots in Boston’s lineup went a combined 0-for-28, with leadoff man Mookie Betts contributing an 0-for-7 line and No. 2 hitter Xander Bogaerts going 0-for-8.
  17. The Dodgers have never lost a Game 3 of the World Series at home when trailing, 2-0, improving to 7-0 in such games.
  18. The Dodgers became the first team to win a World Series game after trailing in the 11th inning or later.

For more detail, here’s the link to the full article by Simon and Randhawa:


Thank you, Simon and Randhawa, for this fine work at MLB.Com. The Pecan Park Eagle is delighted to pass it on to others with full credit to your serious efforts.



Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle


2 Responses to “Mind-Blowing Facts from WS18 Game 3”

  1. bhick6 Says:

    I wonder what the size of the TV-viewing audience was here on the East Coast at the end of the game. The time must have been about 3:30 am back here. Can’t imagine that even many rabid Red Sox fans stayed up that late for it on a Friday night at the end of a long work-week.

    Bill Hickman

  2. gregclucas Says:

    If there is any saving grace for games that are that long it was first the invention of the VCR and now DVR. Of course in the VCR days you had to have special tapes on the slowest speed to MAYBE run that long.

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