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By Jon Weisman
I’m not sure I can do justice to the surreal quality of tonight’s long and crazy, crazy and long Dodger game, won by the home team, 10-7, in well under five hours, so just take these notes and know that I did not feel rushed to write them.
- The longest nine-inning game in Dodger Stadium history was 258 minutes — game No. 164 of the 1962 season, between the Dodgers and Giants on October 2, 1962. This one went 253 minutes.
- The White Sox and Blue Jays played their game today in 114 minutes. The Dodgers and Phillies reached that moment in time in the fifth inning.
- In fact, the Blue Jays, White Sox, Mets and Giants played 18 innings tonight in 4:14.
- There were more than 300 pitches thrown in this game — before the seventh inning was over. J.P. Howell, who threw six, was the winning pitcher.
- Not once did either team retire the side in order in any half inning.
- Howie Kendrick had his third four-hit game in the past 10 games, highlighting a 19-for-42 streak that raised his batting average from .276 to .300 on the nose.
- Kendrick is already the first Dodger with four four-hit games in a season since Andre Ethier in 2006. The team record is eight such games, by Babe Herman (1931) and Willie Davis (1971 and 1973).
- Yasmani Grandal hit his 13th homer of the season for the Dodgers, maintaining his .500-plus slugging percentage. No Dodger catcher has hit more than 20 homers or slugged at least .500 in a season since Paul Lo Duca in 2001.
- Yimi Garcia threw 43 pitches in his two innings. Of his 33 fastballs, 27 were strikes. Of his 10 offspeed pitches, nine were balls. But the home run by Freddy Galvis came off a fastball.
- Eric Surkamp gave up home runs to Ryan Howard and Odubel Herrera, and hit each with pitches the next time up.
- Phillies starter Sean O’Sullivan threw 123 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. He became the first pitcher to throw at least 120 pitches without completing six innings against the Dodgers since Kip Wells on May 16, 2007.
- Every starting position player had at least one hit.
- Joc Pederson is currently the only MLB player in history with a career batting average below .225 and career OPS above .825 (minimum 50 plate appearances in career).
- Pederson remains on pace for more than 100 walks this season. As Doug Mittler of ESPN.com noted, this is happening even though there have been “just 2.84 walks per game in the majors this season, which would be the lowest total since a 2.82 mark in 1968, a year in which hurlers were so dominant that the mound was lowered for the following year.”
Oh, and there are these pieces of news …
- Brandon Beachy’s latest rehab start in Oklahoma City was eventful — six innings, 12 baserunners, five runs (three earned), five strikeouts — but he did build up his pitch count to 92.
- Zach Lee is also on the rehab trail and pitched tonight for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga: five innings, five baserunners, two runs, two strikeouts.