Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants combine for historic night
By the time the Colorado Rockies had secured an 8-5, 16-inning road win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, the two teams had combined to etch their names in the Major League Baseball record book.
Charlie Blackmon‘s three-run home run not only gave the Colorado Rockies the 16th-inning lead, but it also was the eighth home run of the contest that lasted 5 hours and 31 minutes. That set a new record for combined home runs in a game at the San Francisco stadium that is now known as Oracle Park.
Opened in 2000, San Francisco’s home park had never seen more than seven combined home runs in a game. That had happened on four occasions, most recently with the Cincinnati Reds and Giants swatting seven on August 24, 2010.
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Blackmon’s winning shot also tied for the latest (in terms of innings) that any Rockies player has hit a home run in franchise history. Nolan Arenado also smacked one in the top of the 16th inning on September 15, 2015 off Mat Latos in Los Angeles to snap a 4-4 deadlock.
No Colorado player has ever homered later in the game than the 16th inning.
Additionally, Trevor Story recorded his 34th home run of the season, smacking a solo shot in the fifth inning. That gave him a home run in six consecutive games against the Giants, establishing the longest streak by any player in MLB history against the Giants.
With Story’s shot, he surpassed Mike Schmidt (1979) and Rogers Hornsby (1922), who both homered in five straight games against the Giants.
Story also became the first Rockies player to hit a home run in six consecutive games against any opponent, passing Andres Galarraga, who homered in five straight against St. Louis in 1996.
Team-wise, the Rockies and Giants combined to use 25 pitchers in Tuesday’s/Wednesday’s game. That’s the most used in any game in Major League history, topping the previous record of 24 pitchers in a 16-inning game between the Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16, 2015.
Tuesday/Wednesday also was the first time since June 8, 2013 (New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers) that multiple games have gone more than 15 innings in the same day, according to MLB Stats. The Arizona Diamondbacks scored a 3-2 home victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in 19 innings as well, keeping much of the National League West with some late hours.