MILWAUKEE -- If there is such a thing as a 19-inning game specialist, former Pirates reliever Chris Resop may be it.
Resop pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the A's in their Monday night/Tuesday morning 10-8 victory over the Angels in 19 frames.
"We saw that, and had our own little in-house chuckle," said Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle, himself a 19-inning expert. "Everyone here wanted to call Resop."
Resop, who went to Oakland in an offseason deal for Minor League right-hander Zach Thornton, allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings against the Angels, with a walk and a strikeout.
It was the righty's second deja vu experience.
On July 26, 2011, he pitched a scoreless 10th in the Bucs' 4-3 loss in Atlanta in 19 innings. And last Aug. 19, he blanked the Cardinals from the 11th through the 13th on the way to a 6-3 win in 19.
"You've done it once, that's good. Do it a second time, that's more than enough," Hurdle chuckled. "You don't need to do it again any time soon. But he did."
Resop's totals for the three marathons: 5 2/3 innings, four hits, no runs, one walk and five K's.
Asked whether Bob Melvin and/or Mike Scioscia have called for tips on how to deal with the aftermath of 19 innings, Hurdle said, "No. My phone has been dead."
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.