If you thought last night’s game was long…

Kyle Shelton started at second, but ended up getting the win in the longest game in the Dash era (Caleb Pardick/W-S Dash).

Kyle Shelton started at second, but ended up getting the win in the Dash’s 20-inning win over Myrtle Beach on May 19, 2010 (Caleb Pardick/W-S Dash).

Last night, the Dash and the Carolina Mudcats played the longest game for either team this season, with the Mudcats taking it 5-2 in 14 innings on a walk-off home run by Bryson Myles. Last night’s game was tied for the second-longest game in terms of innings in the Dash era (2009-present). Here are the top three:

  • The longest game played by the Dash came less than two months after BB&T Ballpark opened, a 20-inning marathon against Myrtle Beach on May 19, 2010. Winston-Salem prevailed 4-3 over the Pelicans that night, during the back end of a day-night doubleheader. Kyle Shelton, who started the game at second base, ended up coming on to pitch the 20th, throwing a scoreless frame in his professional pitching debut to earn the win.
  • Last night’s contest between the Dash and the Muddies was the second time that Winston-Salem has played a 14-inning contest since 2009. Winston did not score after tallying an unearned run in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead they would hold until the bottom of the ninth. This was the first time that the Dash and Mudcats have played an extra inning affair since Carolina joined the CL. It was also the longest road game in the Dash era.
  • Winston had one other game that took 14 frames to decide, a 4-3 win over the Salem Red Sox on August 17, 2010, at BB&T Ballpark. On that night, a walk-off sacrifice fly by Andrew Garcia gave current White Sox hurler Hector Santiago the win in relief. This game was completed on August 18, as it had been suspended by rain in the fourth inning the night before.

Winston has also played in seven 13-inning contests since 2009, including five such games in 2012. After winning their first five contests of at least 13 innings, the Dash have now dropped six straight such games.

Winston-Salem and Carolina continue this week’s four-game set tonight at Five County Stadium. Check back later for a preview of tonight’s contest.

- Rob

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