Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ICYMI: Queensbury's Brendan Harris involved in longest game in Angels franchise history

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Queensbury's Brendan Harris has seen many twists and turns during his Major League career.  He's been with the Cubs, the Expos, the Nationals, the (Devil) Rays, the Twins and now with the Los Angeles Angels.  Earlier this month, he hit his first Major League home run in three years against the Minnesota Twins.  Ironically, that home run three years ago came against the Los Angeles Angels as a member of the Twins, on April 8th, 2010.

But it's safe to say last night's game will be permanently etched into his head, as he was a part of the Angels/A's 19-inning marathon that was a franchise record for game length for both clubs involved.

The game could have ended sooner, thanks to Harris.  His double in the top of the 15th inning set up runners on 2nd and 3rd with one man out.  After loading the bases with an intentional walk, Harris found himself at 3rd as Andrew Romaine grounded, forcing Howie Kendrick out at the plate.  The next batter was walked with the bases loaded, bringing Harris home to give the Angels the 8-7 lead.

The A's would tie the game in the bottom of the 15th inning, but not before Harris's double play helped to make up for Albert Pujois's error which allowed the lead-off batter on base.  Without that double play, the A's could have walked off sooner, but instead the two teams would fight onto the 16th inning.

In the bottom of the 19th, at 4:37AM Eastern Time, Brandon Moses would put an end to the marathon with a walk-off home run.  6 1/2 hours later, the A's emerged victorious with the 10-8 victory, but win or lose, it will be a game that Harris will remember forever.

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