Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians in a historic 16 inning Opening Day game
The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians in 16 innings, the longest Opening Day game in Major League Baseball history.
The Blue Jays were down 4-1 in the ninth when Jose Bautista hit a sacrifice fly, and Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-RBI double off of Indian closer Chris Perez. This made the score 4-4, and brought the game to extra innings.
The winning hit didn’t come until the 16th inning when J.P Arencibia blasted a three-run home run to give the Blue Jays a 7-4 victory.
Before this at bat Arencibia was 0 for 6, striking out three times.
“For the first six at-bats, [Brett] Lawrie and I were kind of joking with each other, ‘Hey, the only place we can go is up.’” Arencibia said. “We were both 0-for-6, he had a couple of punchouts, I had three punchouts, I had the hat trick already. It can only go up.”
Justin Masterson started the game for the Indians, and only gave up two hits and struck out 10 batters in 8 innings. His efforts however, were just not enough.
Perez, who had 36 saves last season, was disappointed in his performance on the mound in the ninth inning.
“I feel terrible. Everybody did their job today except me,” Perez said “I take the blame. A three-run save, the easiest in baseball.”
This game beats the two past record holders for the longest Opening Day game- 15 innings between the Indians and Detroit Tigers in 1960, and also a 15 inning game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Senators in 1926.