Sounds, Zephyrs tie PCL record for longest game
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Sounds and New Orleans Zephyrs tied a Pacific Coast League record for the longest game, going 24 innings over two nights before the Zephyrs broke a tie to win 5-4 Saturday night.
The game, which started at 7 p.m. Friday, was the third 24-inning game in the league's history and lasted just over eight hours. After 14 scoreless innings, Wiki Gonzalez singled to score Chris Schroder. Nashville went down in order in the bottom of the inning to end the game.
New Orleans tied the game at 4 in the ninth on an RBI single by Brendan Harris. Play was suspended in the 18th inning around 1:25 a.m. Saturday because of a league curfew.
The game resumed at 6 p.m. Saturday and went another hour and a half. The teams' scheduled game for Saturday was to begin 20 minutes after completion of the Friday game.
The league record was set June 8, 1909, in a game between San Francisco and Oakland and matched on Sept. 10, 1911, in a game between Sacramento and Portland.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press