, who had started the season in the system and was a 70-game veteran of the majors, got the call for Rochester. Grilli preceded to hit with his first pitch, and then gave up a single to which advanced the runner to third. was then intentionally walked and another Red Wing entered the game, , to face the game's leading hitter . After 8 hours and 25 minutes and 33 innings, Koza hit a 2-2 curve ball off Speck into left for a single and drove in Barrett to win the game.
The longest game in Organized Baseball history occurred in between the and of the at and lasted 33 innings. The game began on and lasted 32 innings before being stopped, with play to resume later in the season. On , the game resumed with it only taking one additional inning to settle the game as Pawtucket won it by a score of 3 - 2 in the bottom of the 33rd inning. The game included future and as the two third basemen. and also went on to notable careers in the major leagues.
It began on a frigid April 18th evening at McCoy Stadium and was halted at 4:09am by order of I.L. President Harold Cooper. On June 23rd, Dave Koza, who entered the game as the best hitter in the contest at 4-for-13, hit a 2-2 curve ball from reliever Cliff Speck into left field to score Marty Barrett and give the Pawtucket Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Rochester Red Wings. Koza's single came with the bases loaded and none out as the Paw Sox managed to end the contest on their first at-bat in the bottom of the 33rd inning.
If you're including triple-A, the longest game was 33 innings, and it was played by The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings, two teams from the triple-A International League. This is considered the longest game in professional baseball history in 1981 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.