By 7:30 p.m., five hours and 47 minutes after this absurdity of a game started, the sun had already set behind Petco Park. The Dodgers had emptied the bench and the bullpen across 17 innings. Now, with the final out recorded, the team convened in the center of the diamond to celebrate a 9-5 victory over the Padres.
Just moments before, the sprinklers in right field came alive. No one, especially not the grounds crew, expected the game to last this long.
"There were a lot of things that happened today that you don't see," Manager Dave Roberts said. "That rarely ever happens."
How preposterous was the afternoon? J.P. Howell swung a bat. Clayton...