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Earlier this morning, the Colorado Rockies outlasted the Padres, 2-1, in 22 innings in San Diego.

What's impressive about this is just three runs were scored in 22 full innings. Not that that hasn't been bested. For instance, in 1968, the Houston Asros shut out the New York Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings. Tom Seaver went 10 innings and gave up two hits in a no-decision. But that was an era when pitching dominated. That was also the year that St. Louis' Bob Gibson had his 1.12 ERA and the cumulative National League ERA was 2.99.

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Today, any starter who goes six innings is an ironman and relief pitchers all have designated innings.

So we're in admiration of those gritty mounds men for both Colorado and San Diego who hung in there for 6 hours, 16 minues last night and this morning. The game ended when the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki drove in Willy Taveras with a double. It was unfrotunate for the Padres that it was an unearned run. Taveras should have been the third out in the top of the 22nd inning on a grounder to shortstop but was safe on a throwing error. Taveras stole second and made it to third on a bad throw by the San Diego catcher.

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