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Eight amazing stats about Dodgers’ 18-inning win in Game 3 of the World Series

Years from now, people won’t only be bragging about being at Game 3 of the 2018 World Series. They’ll be bragging about staying up to watch the entire game.

The Dodgers beat the Red Sox 3-2 in 18 innings, and it didn’t end until 2:30 a.m. in Kansas City.

So the question is this: did you watch the entire game? I’m guessing a lot of baseball fans didn’t quite make it to the 18th inning. If you did or didn’t watch the entire game, here are eight amazing stats from the game:

1. Friday night/Saturday morning’s game lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes. According to Stats by STATS, that is longer than the entire 1939 World Series. That year, the Yankees swept the Reds in four games that took a combined 7 hours, 5 minutes.

2. The 18-inning game was the longest World Series game in terms of time and innings. The previous record? Three games had gone 14 innings: Game 1 of the 2015 World Series (Royals’ 5-4 win over Mets), Game 2 of the 1916 Series (a 2-1 Red Sox win over Brooklyn) and Game 3 in 2005 (White Sox 7-5 win over Astros). The Dodgers’ win also was the longest game by time of game in postseason history. It also matched the 18-inning contests of Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS (Giants vs. Nationals) and Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS (Astros vs. Braves).

3. Stats by STATS noted that the top four hitters in Boston’s lineup led Major League Baseball in batting average, on-base-plus-slugging percentage, RBIs and runs in the regular season. In Game 3, the top four hitters were a combined 0-for-28. That is the most hitless at-bats by any team in the live-ball era, regular season or postseason, STATS said.

4. The teams each used nine pitchers, and both equaled the single-team record for any playoff game. The 18 combined pitchers set a new postseason record. The mark of 17 combined pitchers had previously been reached in two playoff games: Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS (Giants vs. Nationals), and Game 3 2005 World Series (White Sox vs. Astros).

5. Both teams set a playoff record by using 23 players in the game, according to ESPN.

6. Los Angeles is the first team in World Series history to come back to win after trailing in the 11th inning or later.

7. Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings of relief. He allowed one run on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts. He is just the third relief pitcher in World Series history to throw six innings. The others: Rick Rhoden (Game 4 in 1977) and Moe Drabowsky (Game 1 in 1966).

8. Also from Stats by STATS: The 13th inning was the first World Series extra inning in which both teams committed an error since the 10th inning of Game 4 in 1969 (Orioles-Mets).