1972: Extra Innings

Friday May 12, 1972

Over a two-day span in 1972 the Twins and Brewers used 37 innings to complete two games.

On Friday the teams opened up a three game series at Metropolitan Stadium. The 14-4 Twins sent Dick Woodson to the mound to face Bill Parsons and the 5-12 Milwaukee Brewers. The game began innocently enough with the home team holding a 3-1 lead. Two Rod Carew hits and a walk with the bases loaded accounted for the Twins’ runs. A Tommie Reynolds single in the top of the seventh inning tied the game, however, and the two teams entered stalemate mode.

The first serious scoring threat came in the bottom of the 14th. With one out Cesar Tovar singled, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. After a Danny Thompson groundout to the pitcher, the Brewers intentionally walked both Carew and Killebrew to load the bases with two out. Frank Linzy then struck Bobby Darwin out to end the inning and extend the game.

The Brewers started the top of the 18th with a couple of consecutive singles, but those players were stranded by a couple of infield pop outs and a ground ball. The Twins’ Bob Gebhard also pitched around a lead of triple in the 19th inning.

When Bobby Darwin grounded into a double play in the bottom of the 21st, the game was called due to the 1:00 AM curfew. The teams would complete it the next day when the Brewers scored immediately off of Bert Blyleven in the top of the 22nd when Mike Ferraro singled to score the runner from second base. The Twins managed a threat in the bottom of the inning when the first two batters reached, but Jim Lonborg secured the win with a groudout off the bat of Danny Thompson.

The same two teams followed the 22-inning game with a 15-inning affair, this time won by the Twins 5-4 on an Eric Soderholm home run.


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