Royals set pitching records in marathon loss

Royals set pitching records in marathon loss

Royals set pitching records in marathon loss
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' marathon contest with the White Sox on Friday saw several team records fall with the number of pitchers used.

Both clubs used nine different pitchers in the 14-inning affair -- a 9-8 loss for the Royals -- that lasted 5 hours and 23 minutes. Kansas City set a new franchise record for number of arms used in a single game, while the nine pitchers used by an opponent is also a club record.

The combined 18 hurlers used also is a franchise high for Kansas City, eclipsing the 16 used by the Royals and Cardinals on June 20, 2007 in St. Louis.

"You don't ever think that's going to happen," said reliever Louis Coleman, one of nine Royals pitchers to see action on Friday. "By the end of the night, everybody's pitched, and everybody's working their tail off. It was just a full team effort. It just [stinks] that we played as hard as we did, played as well as we did, and came up short."

The White Sox have used nine pitchers twice in a game this season for the first time in their franchise history. They previously did it on June 2 against the Mariners.

The game was the longest, time-wise, the Royals have played this season, passing the five hours even it took for them to defeat the Cardinals on June 17. It was not the longest game by innings, though, as the Royals have twice gone 15 innings: May 16 against the Orioles, and the aforementioned contest in St. Louis on June 17.

Friday's marathon also featured a few amazing feats, as 542 total pitches were thrown, along with a total of 51 baserunners, while the teams combined to strand 28 runners.

The Royals fell to 2-4 this season in extra-inning games with the loss.

Manager Ned Yost said that his bullpen was in fine shape for Saturday's game against the White Sox, and said that even the extended Coleman and Tim Collins would be available if needed.

"We did a pretty good job with keeping guys with their pitch count under 15 or right at 15 for everybody but two guys in that 'pen," Yost said. "We wanted to maybe extend a few guys, and we knew we could extend Coleman because he could bounce back. We wanted to extend Collins two, maybe three innings, but after a 33-pitch inning that went out the window."