The Orioles' 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field on Friday night was many things: Eighteen innings. Six hours and 54 minutes. A master class in offensive cratering. A blow to the Orioles' postseason hopes. A test of sanity. An excuse to yell at your TV long past midnight.

Because we here at The Baltimore Sun were right there with you wondering when we'd get to go home (or see something other than an Orioles groundout), we decided to catalog what was one of the weirdest nights in recent Orioles history.

Social media aren't forever, but our memories of this game, unfortunately, probably are, so we begin our recounting of the night with a GIF of catcher Jose Molina.

Weighing in at 6 foot 2, 250 pounds, steamrollering toward third base, he is everything this game will soon become: slow, lumbering, impossible to stop, blissfully oblivious of just how this will look the morning after.

Nine innings came and went. The teams deadlocked. And so on they played.

Then Tommy Hunter did ... something ... to acting pitching coach Bill Castro in the top of the 10th.

Hunter rubs Castro's chest as if it contains a genie. We'll never know whether he wished for a nearly seven-hour game.

Either way, we got it. And Twitter, as it so often does, filled the void.

Then, in the bottom of the 18th inning, David DeJesus came up to bat for the eighth time. Desmond Jennings, a ninth-inning pinch hitter who had by then played a full game's worth of baseball, was at second.

DeJesus took the first pitch. Strike one.

Then: a single, a run, elation, heartbreak. An end.

This being a Saturday, at least fans could sleep in.

The Orioles? It was off to the showers, then to bed, then back to Tropicana Field.

Here's hoping that game lasts only three.