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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.

Boston Braves Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA Details
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
Team Totals 71 0 15 0 7 6 .211
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/13/2017.
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