The Atlanta Braves have played 22 extra-inning games this season (going 14-8). If that seems like a lot of games that have gone past nine innings, it is. The major league record for such things is 31, set by the 1943 Boston Red Sox. Oddly, that same year, the Braves -- then also in Boston -- set the National League record, 27. Maybe there was something in the Boston water that year, who knows. That NL mark was tied by the 1967 Dodgers.
So it's possible those records are within reach, and perhaps we'll see an extra-inning game or two in this four-game set. The Braves have played nine 10-inning games, eight 11-inning games, three 12-inning games, one 13-inning game, and the noted 19-inning game on July 26 vs. the Pirates that was decided on what was probably a bad call by plate umpire Jerry Meals.
The longest game in the history of Wrigley Field ran 22 innings and six hours and 10 minutes, on August 17 and 18, 1982. In the pre-lights days of Wrigley, it was suspended for darkness after 17 innings and completed the next day. The winning run scored on a disputed play at the plate.
Anyway... get extra snacks the next few days. If the Braves play to form, we could be in for some long games.
Barney ss, DeWitt 2b, Ramirez 3b, Peña 1b, Byrd cf, Soriano lf, Colvin rf, Hill c, Dempster p
Bourn cf, Prado lf, McCann c, Uggla 2b, Freeman 1b, Jones 3b, Gonzalez ss, Constanza rf, Jurrjens p
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2011 - Ryan Dempster||10-8||27||26||0||0||0||0||154.1||156||82||79||16||56||147||4.61||1.37|
|2011 - Jair Jurrjens||12-5||21||21||2||1||0||0||139.2||126||46||44||11||37||86||2.84||1.17|
The Cubs, of course, just finished taking two out of three from the Braves in Atlanta last weekend and will play the entire season series in a two-week span. The last time the Braves were in Wrigley Field was exactly one year ago, on August 22, 2010, Lou Piniella's last day as manager.
So it's not surprising that neither of tonight's pitchers has faced the other team since that series last year; in fact, Ryan Dempster and Jair Jurrjens faced each other on August 20, 2010. Both pitched well; both got no-decisions in a game blown by Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning. Sound familiar?
Current Braves are hitting .234 (32-for-137) against Dempster; Michael Bourn hits him best (.346, 9-for-26). Current Cubs are 13-for-49 (.265) against Jurrjens with one home run (Aramis Ramirez).
Today's game is on CSN Chicago and FSN South. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 7:05 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 8 pm, 9 pm and 9:45 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.