The game between the Miami Marlins and New York Mets on Sunday wasn't exactly ... action-packed. After the Mets' Juan Lagares drove in Ike Davis with a double in the second inning and Chris Coghlan hit a sacrifice fly to score Derek Dietrich in the fourth for the Marlins, the scoring just outright stopped.
And it stayed stopped for a loooong time.
Nobody would score for another 15 innings until Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria knocked in Placido Polanco in the 20th with a single off Mets reliever Shaun Marcum. The Mets' bats remained silent in the bottom half of the inning, mercifully putting the game to an end with a 2-1 Miami victory.
It was actually the fifth time the Mets played at least 20 innings. The Mets' Twitter account reports the others, besides 1974, happened in 1964, 1968 and 2010 -- that year being the most recent 20-inning game in MLB as well.
Marcum finished the day at eight innings and 105 pitches. How rare is that?
No #Mets reliever had thrown 100+ pitches in pitch-count era before this. Sketchy info pre-1989. But bbref lists Ray Daviault w 136 - in '62— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) June 8, 2013
Let's talk futility: The Mets left 22 runners on base and went 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position. When the Marlins were in scoring position in the 20th, it was the first time in 10 innings that they'd been so.
Everyone who batted at least five times got at least one hit, though there were a few 0-for-4s in the box score. Two guys whose batting averages took downward turns were the Mets' Omar Quintanilla and Daniel Murphy, who both went 1-for-9.
The last time starting pitchers Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey dueled was on April 29. That game went a (paltry in comparison) 15 innings before the Mets put their third point up in the top of the inning and the Marlins answered back with two in the bottom of said inning to win it, 4-3.
Elias: 1st x since 1884 starting pitchers matched up twice in 15+ inning games same year (Harvey, Fernandez). Whitney & Old Hoss Radbourn.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 8, 2013
But there's always a critic, right?
I didn't need the Mets & Marlins to play 20 innings to prove they're both awful. Of course, this game removes any doubt.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) June 8, 2013