In 1968, the Astros and New York Mets went scoreless for 24 innings (not in the postseason). During spring training in Major League Baseball, most games are played only during the nine regular innings; if the game is tied after nine innings, the game ends and the tie remains. Incredibly, the game was scoreless until the end of the 24th, the longest time a major league game has been scoreless. At the end of the 25th, after a scoreless upper half from Tom Seaver, in relief, the White Sox finished the game in a big way.
Dodgers starter Whit Wyatt threw 16 innings of two-run baseball, while Lou Fette started for the Bees and allowed two runs in nine innings. Larry Cheney came in relief and threw 13 scoreless innings, followed by Hall of Famer Rube Marquard, who entered the 21st and threw the last two frames. The longest game by innings in the major leagues was a 1-1 draw in the National League between the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Robins in 26 innings, at Braves Field in Boston on May 1, 1920. The longest game to finish scoreless was a National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers on September 11, 1946.It was also adopted by the Division of Honor (Spain) of the European leagues, the Italian Baseball League and the Honkbal Hoofdklasse (Netherlands).
The game began as a pitching duel between San Diego's Jake Peavy, who pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out 11, and Jeff Francis of Colorado, who went seven scoreless. The second game of the American League Wild Card Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Guardians set a new record for offensive futility in the major leagues. The record for most innings played in a single professional game is 33, which occurred in 1981 in a minor league baseball game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings, then affiliated with Triple-A of the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, respectively. The victory went to the young Gaylord Perry, who pitched 10 scoreless innings in relief with nine strikeouts.
Neither bullpen allowed a run, and Boston's Milt Shoffner made an especially strong relief effort, pitching eight scoreless innings to conclude the game. Oscar González ended the scoreless drought with a solo home run at the end of the 15th inning. No one scored until the 22nd and final inning, making this game second only to the 1968 Mets-Astros' 24-inning slant for the longest scoreless start. CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Guardians and Tampa Bay Rays set the record for the longest scoreless postseason game in major league history with 15 innings on Saturday.