There are long games and then there are very long games. No one scoring a run makes it even worse.
So, on August 1, 1918, the Pirates break the longest scoreless tie in baseball history against the Boston Braves, when the team tallies two runs in the top of the twenty-first inning for an eventual 2-0 victory at Braves Field. The Braves had 15 hits but were unable to score. The lead off hitter, Buck Herzog, had 5 hits but nobody could get him home.
The mark will be matched by Giants and Reds in 1967, when each team is held scoreless for twenty innings, until the decisive run is scored in the next frame on a bases-loaded walk to Dick Groat.
|Buck Herzog 2B||9||0||5||0||1||0||.229|
|Jim Kelly LF||8||0||1||0||0||1||.207||2·SB,HBP|
|Red Massey CF||9||0||4||0||0||0||.291|
|Al Wickland RF||8||0||2||0||1||1||.266|
|Red Smith 3B||8||0||1||0||0||2||.306||SH|
|Ed Konetchy 1B||6||0||1||0||3||0||.218|
|John Henry C||2||0||0||0||1||0||.208|
|Tom Miller PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Doc Bass PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000||SB|
|Art Wilson C||5||0||1||0||0||0||.250|
|Jimmy Smith SS||7||0||0||0||1||2||.185||HBP|
|Art Nehf P||7||0||0||0||0||0||.179||SH|
|Johnny Rawlings PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||.209|