San Jose center fielder’ Gary Brown’s sliding attempt on Wil Ortiz’s blooper with two outs and the bases loaded in the 14th inning came up just short and allowed Ramon Jean to score the game-winner as the Quakes won 8-7 at the Epicenter on Saturday.
The game-winner came against Juan Ciriaco, a position player who had to pitch because the Giants were out of relief pitchers.
At 4 hours, 54 minutes, it was the longest game in terms of time in Quakes history, surpassing a 4:48 game at the 66ers in 2008. The record for longest Quakes game in innings was 16.
Ortiz’s hit was his first of the game, but he had walked four times. Tony Delmonico was hitless, but also walked four times. Jean had four hits, including two doubles and a home run in the epic battle. Jaime Pedroza had hit a three-run triple with no outs in the seventh to tie the score 7-7 in the seventh. The game remained that way until the 14th.
After Pedroza’s hit, the Quakes had gone 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position before Ortiz’s blooper.
Meanwhile, in a game that ended about 2 hours earlier, the 66ers rallied from a 3-0 deficit and downed Stockton 6-3 to trim their magic number for a playoff berth to 2.