At 18 innings and 6 hours and 54 minutes, last night’s game was the longest in franchise history (see the pics and GIFs below).
The two teams combined to use 21 pitchers, a major league record. The Rays tied a major league record by using 11 pitchers. As a result, the Rays have promoted Jeff Beliveau to help out in the bullpen today.
It cannot be understated how important this win was. The Indians were given a gift when their game was shortened to just seven innings due to rain even though it was only 10:30 and the Indians were only up 2-1 and even though it was kind of an important game (it did look like the rain was going to keep raining for a while).
By beating the Orioles, not only did the Rays keep their lead over the Indians, but they moved to one game ahead of the Rangers and are now three games ahead of the Orioles. The O’s only hope at this point is to sweep the next three games. If they win just two, they will still be two games back with only six to play.
At this point, we should probably assume that the Rays are no longer fighting Cleveland for a playoff spot. With their schedule, the Rays have a better shot of holding off the Rangers.