The El Paso Chihuahuas scored six runs in the top of the 14th inning and beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 13-10 Saturday night and into Sunday morning. It set new Chihuahuas team records for most innings and longest time of game.
The two clubs tied the Pacific Coast League record for total players used with 40, a mark that had been met only three times previously in the PCL’s 114-year history.
The teams combined to use 19 different pitchers, which set a new league record, while Albuquerque became the first team in PCL history to use 10 pitchers in one game.
The five hour 35 minute game was also the longest in Isotopes history, a club that has been in existence since 2003. There were 43 hits in the game.
The 14-inning affair was the most innings in a game involving the Padres Triple-A affiliate since May 8, 2012 when the Tucson Padres lost in 16 innings at New Orleans.
The Chihuahuas trailed in the ninth inning before Tony Cruz hit an RBI single to tie the game, El Paso’s third ninth-inning comeback in Albuquerque this month.
The Chihuahuas appeared to be in control after Diego Goris hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning but Albuquerque’s Cristhian Adames homered in the bottom of the 11th to keep the game going. El Paso scored six runs on six hits in a 10-batter top of the 14th inning when Albuquerque was forced to use two position players as pitchers.
The Isotopes brought in three runs in the bottom of the 14th and had the tying run in the on deck circle when the marathon game concluded.
Next Game: Sunday, 6:05 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso Zach Lee (1-1, 5.32) vs. Albuquerque LHP Harrison Musgrave (2-1, 6.75). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (37-38), Albuquerque (37-37)
El Paso 13 Albuquerque 10 – Saturday – 14 Innings
WP: Jester (3-0)
LP: Brown (0-1)