The New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the second-longest game of the season on Sunday, prevailing 3–1 in 18 innings. Only the 19-inning game in April between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox was longer.
The Mets were 1-for-26 with runners in scoring position in the game and finally managed to scratch across two runs in the 18th inning, thanks in part to an error by Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez that loaded the bases. Ruben Tejada then hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Wilmer Flores to score the go-ahead run.
New York added an insurance run on a squeeze bunt by Eric Campbell.
The game eventually began to take its toll on fans and broadcasters alike.
Even the Mets’ TV network had enough.
- Dan Gartland