No Offense, But A Lot of Innings in Game 3 of World Series

It didn’t last forever, but it did last longer than any World Series game in history.

Max Muncy led off the bottom of the 18th inning with a home run, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox in Game 3 in the wee hours of Saturday (it had just passed midnight in Los Angeles).

How long was the game? Try seven hours, 20 minutes. That’s 15 minutes longer than the combined total for the four games in the Yankees four game sweep of the Reds.

It was four innings longer than any previous World Series game.

Longest Games World Series History

Team Opponent (length) Date IP H R ER HR BB SO
Dodgers 3, Red Sox 2 (18 innings) 10/26/2018 35 18 5 4 3 12 34
White Sox 7 Astros 5 (14 innings) 10/25/2005 28 22 12 10 3 21 25
Red Sox 2 Robins 1 (14 innings) 10/9/1916 27.1 13 3 3 1 9 6
Royals 5 Mets 4 (14 innings) 10/27/2015 27.1 22 9 7 3 9 22
Cubs 3 Tigers 3 (12 innings, tie) 10/8/1907 24 29 6 3 0 5 19
Braves 5 Twins 4 (12 innings) 10/22/1991 23.2 18 9 7 4 10 19
Cubs 8 Tigers 7 (12 innings) 10/8/1945 23.2 28 15 13 1 14 11
Yankees 4 Mets 3 (12 innings) 10/21/2000 23.2 22 7 7 0 4 28
Braves 5 Twins 4 (12 innings) 10/22/1991 23.2 18 9 7 4 10 19
Cubs 8 Tigers 7 (12 innings) 10/8/1945 23.2 28 15 13 1 14 11
Yankees 4 Mets 3 (12 innings) 10/21/2000 23.2 22 7 7 0 4 28

Muncy brought the game to the end, leading off the bottom of the 18th with a home run. That’s not a total surprise. Muncy did lead the Dodgers during the regular season in home runs with 35, one of seven Dodgers to hit 20 or more.

It was, however, only the ninth extra-inning walk-off home run in World Series history.

That Extra Punch

Game Year Hitter On Pitcher Inning Result
Game 1 1954 Dusty Rhodes, Giants 0 Bob Lemon, Indians 10th inning Giants swept Indians
Game 4 1957 Eddie Mathews, Braves 2 Bob Grim, Yankees 10th inning Yankees in 7 games
Game 6 1975 Carlton Fisk, Red Sox 0 Pat Darcy, Reds 12th inning Reds in 7 games
Game 6 1991 Kirby Puckett, Twins 0 Charlie Leibrandt, Braves 11th inning Twins in 7 games
Game 3 1999 Chad Curtis, Yankees 0 Mike Remlinger 10th inning Yankees in 4 games
Game 4 2001 Derek Jeter, Yankees 0 Byung-hyun Kim 10th inning D-Backs in 7
Game 4 2003 Alex Gonzalez, Marlins 0 Jeff Weaver 12th inning Marlins in 6 games
Game 6 2011 David Freese, Cardinals 0 Mark Lowe 11th inning Cardinals in 7 games
Game 2 2018 Max Muncy, Dodgers 0 Nate Evoladi 18th inning TBD

The Dodgers and Red Sox have combined to hit .196 in the first three games. Only five teams have had lower averages for a World Series, none since 1969. The Dodgers are hitting .177, which would rank as the seventh-lowest team average in World Series history. The Red Sox are hitting .215, which would rank 66th

Season G AVG - Team Season AVG
1966 4 .171 1 Dodgers 1966 .142
1905 5 .182 2 Orioles 1969 .146
1969 5 .184 3 Tigers 2012 .159
1963 4 .191 4 Phillies 1905 .161
2018 3 .196 5 Yankees 1963 .171
1906 6 .197 6 A's 1914 .172
1918 6 .198 7 Giants 1911 .175
1930 6 .198 8 A's 1988 .177
2012 4 .202 9 Dodgers 2018 .177
1983 5 .204 66 Red Sox 2018 .215

How long a night was it for the Red Sox? Well, Xavier Bogaerts went a World Series record by going 0-for-8 in the game, and Mookie Betts went 0-for-7, the second most at-bats in a World Series game without a hit. In fact, only nine players have even gone 0-for-6.

Whole Lot of Nothing

Player Date Tm Opp AB
Xander Bogaerts 10/26/2018 Bos LAD 8
Mookie Betts 10/26/2018 Bos LAD 7
Brad Ausmus 10/25/2005 Hou CWS 6
Craig Counsell 11/1/2001 Ari NYY 6
Hughie Critz 10/6/1933 NYG Was 6
Ron Gant 10/22/1991 Atl Min 6
Travis Jackson 10/10/1924 NYG Was 6
Felix Millan 10/14/1973 NYM Oak 6
Mickey Rivers 10/11/1977 NYY LA 6
Willy Taveras 10/25/2005 Hou CWS 6
Devon White 10/26/1997 Fla Cle 6
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