By Jon Weisman
It was the longest Dodger game played in 8 1/2 years, with the most players they’ve ever played, and nearly the most raindrops they’ve ever played through, and it didn’t play out well for Los Angeles.
Mat Latos, the 28th Dodger of the game, allowed a one-out, 16th-inning home run to Nolan Arenado, and after trailing 3-1 in the seventh and 4-3 in the 11th, the Dodgers finally fell to the Rockies, 5-4.
Colorado tied the MLB record for players used in a game with 30, set by Oakland on September 19, 1972, and the combined 58 players by the two teams is a new record. Latos gave up the homer one batter after he broke a team record by becoming the Dodgers’ 11th pitcher of the game.
The Dodgers hadn’t played more than 14 innings since losing in 15 innings to St. Louis on July 29, 2009, and hadn’t played 16 innings since they beat San Diego in a 17-inning game, April 29, 2007.
Guess what – @OrelHershiser has aged a year in this game. Happy birthday, Orel!
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) September 16, 2015
The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the National League West decreased to 11, thanks to Cincinnati’s wild, 10-inning, 9-8 victory at San Francisco.