Twins Make History Again At Target Field
It was just nine days ago that the Twins made history at their home ballpark, and now they've gone and done it again.
Back on June 18th, the Twins and the visiting Boston Red Sox played their regularly-scheduled game at Target Field... and they kept playing...and playing... and playing, until the Twins finally won the game in the bottom of the 17th inning. That game set the record for the longest-inning game at Target Field.
But now-- just nine days later-- the Twins just broke that record, with another marathon game at Target Field, this time it went 18 innings. That's pretty much TWO full baseball games! And this time, it was the visiting Rays who won--finally-- in the top of the 18th inning 5 to 2.
According to the Twins website, it was such a long game that the Twins did not one, but TWO, seventh-inning stretches (complete with two singings of 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game'). The first was as usual in the middle of the 7th inning, but as the game wore on and on, they did it again in the middle of the 14th inning!
The game took 5 hours and 42 minutes to play, though that included a 57-minute delay at the start as thunderstorms rolled through the Twin Cities. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli summed it up when he said, "...it was a long day." Yeah, it was-- the longest in history, as it turned out!