12:45am: The Rockies just recorded the final out of the Padres’ turn in the 20th, and I decide it’s necessary to completely ruin whatever online reputation I have left. I will live blog my thoughts as they happen, mostly unedited. Hopefully my rambling will make as much since in the morning as they do now.
12:50am: I can’t believe how many innings the Rockies have started with 0 or 1 outs and guys on. The Rockies just ducksnorted one, Matt Vasgersian’s term, and mine, into shallow center just beyond diving Iguchi’s glove.
12:55am: Right after P-Mac’s base running blunder in the bottom of the 13th, I began planning my post about Bud Black’s base running strategms to write about after the game. Well, this little extra innings contest put a wrench in those plans, so I’ll slyly work that in here.
To lead off the 13th, Paul McAnulty smoked a double off Matt Herges. While rounding second, you can see him glance up toward third base coach Glen Hoffman for instructions, double take, then pick up his pace to try and stretch the double into a triple. Of course, with the ball in his hand Garrett Atkins had time to eat a sandwich before tagging P-Mac out at third. When Paul got up, his eyes were fixated on Hoffman, and gave the coach a bitter looking glare before walking back to the dugout. It seems McAnulty was sent by Hoffman, probably with Black’s aggressive baserunning strategy in mind.
This gets me thinking of a couple earlier plays from this year, which also seemed strange at the time but might corroborate my theory. The biggest was Iguchi tagging for second against the arm of Michael Bourn and getting thrown out by a few feet.
Going for just one extra bag on a hit just doesn’t seem worth it. Especially in the freaking 13th when base runners and outs are so valuable.
1:03am: Padres history! We’re in the 22nd Inning, the longest ever! Experience it!
1:05am: This is fun. I kind of want this to keep going, now that we’re here, even if the Padres don’t win. The novelty will be worth it. Go big or go home as far as I’m concerned, we’re not getting these 6 hours back anyway. Scanlan and Weisbarth have been entertaining us on the set of the postgame show. We’ve watched the guys check myspace, sleep on their desk, now they’re playing quarters.
Man of steel Clint Hurdle is giggling to himself. Now I’ve seen everything.
Maddux is still wearing his glove.
1:09am: I feel like such a rebel. MLB’s new media rules disallow updating a blog more than once every inning. Please don’t anyone tell padres executive Chris Long what I’m doing. He seems like a pretty cool guy and I don’t want to piss him off. You can tell the other executives though, I’m not afraid of those guys.
Damn, Taveras scores off a double by Tulo. I’m not sure if it’s losing the game or losing the novelty I’m most concerned with. Two errors allowed Taveras on base, then advanced him to third.
1:14am: I hope this post goes down in history with this Padres game. I deserve it. Greeney just plunked by Kip Wells with no outs. Lets keep this thing going. I want to see some sleepwalking.
1:17am: Bard hits into a dp. This dosen’t look good.
On a related (not at all) note, why are fans still sitting in the outfield? You could get away with watching from the bullpen at this point in the game.
1:19am: McAnulty walks with two outs. The entire game rests on the bat, yes you read that right, the bat, of Glendon Rusch.
I love watching releivers bat. They’re so cute and akward, falling all over themselves. This game’s been wonderful in terms of reliever at bats.
1:22am: And Rusch strikes out looking in the bottom of the 22nd. I hope you all enjoyed this little experiment into my subconscious. I enjoyed writing it, and I enjoyed the principal of breaking an MLB rule while doing so. Cheers.
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update: Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus has a comment:
…with a runner on second and no one out, you have a 62.5% chance of scoring one run. With a runner on third and no one out, you have an 82.7% chance of scoring one run. With one out and no one on, you have a 16.5% chance of scoring one run.