Hops Beat Canadians in 19 Innings

We listened to almost the whole thing, missing only the first couple of innings. A day game that ended after 8pm. Yikes. At least they won, a rare occurrence. From the Hillsboro website:

Marathon game saw 127 at-bats and 508 pitches
By Austin Melhart / Hillsboro Hops 07/07/2013 10:54 PM ET

Hillsboro, OR —- There was a marathon here at Hillsboro Ballpark today. Not your conventional marathon, but a 19 inning, six hour and twenty eight minute long, 508 pitch doozey of a game which saw the Hillsboro Hops (7-17) beat the Vancouver Canadians (14-10).

Starting shortstop Ryan Gebhardt was mobbed near the pitchers mound as he had the game winning foul-ball sac fly behind first base that would score John Leonard who was on third base after a passed ball moved him there. It is Leonard’s second game winning run scored in the last three days, as he was the game winner on July 5 as well.

In what seems like yesterday, Braden Shipley (0-0, 2.25) threw two innings of one run baseball and allowed one walk but struck out four of the eight batters he faced. To replace him was starter Austin Platt who threw seven complete innings allowing three hits, three runs and three walks while striking out six. All three runs came in the third inning. Other pitchers that threw for the Hops were Daniel Gibson, Chase Stevens, Will Locante and Yoimer Camacho, who would take the win, his second of the year.

Going into the bottom of the fourth, the Canadians were up 4-0 when Vancouver starter Jeremy Gabryszwski gave up four runs which would be the last time any team scored until Leonard would score in the bottom of the nineteenth.

Designated hitter Yogey Perez-Ramos led the Hops with three hits in eight at-bats. Catcher Grant Nelson, who made his first start at Hillsboro Ballpark this year, caught all 19 innings behind the plate.

Tomorrow Hillsboro plays their final game of the five-game Independence Weekend Series against Vancouver. With a win tomorrow, the Hops would have their first ever winning streak in franchise history.

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10 Responses to Hops Beat Canadians in 19 Innings

  1. Wow, that is a crazy-long game. Exciting that you listened to it live. There is something special about listening to a live game on a Summer’s day.

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Is a “past ball” anything like past life?

    I guess they meant passed ball.

  3. Richard says:

    Carl, yes, but honestly, it seemed to go on and on and we were glad when it was over.

    Jeff, yep, that’s what they meant, and I just edited the line for clarity though it wasn’t mine in the first place.

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:

    The worst thing about games like that is losing them. If you win, somehow all is forgotten.

  5. Todd Mason says:

    Any game that goes beyond 15 innings must, going forward, become a cricket match.

  6. Richard says:

    The problem was that they so depleted their pitching staff that last night they had little left and lost.

  7. Watching a baseball game is like watching paint dry.

  8. Richard says:

    George, I know many people feel that way because there isn’t the constant action of basketball or football (though with the after play time, huddle, commercial time outs, replays and reviews, substitutions and so forth the latter is really pretty slow). But there is a rhythm to baseball that one has to attune to and it becomes enjoyable.

  9. Patti Abbott says:

    We went to a double header once (remember those) that lasted over ten hours. A rain delay and extra innings.

  10. Richard says:

    Patti, wow that’s a long time. They still have double headers, though mostly because a rainout has necessitated a make-up game.

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