Video: Brandon Belt homers to break a 1-1 tie in the 18th inning


You’ll be seeing this one for a while. The Giants and Nationals went 18 innings, matching the Braves and Astros in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS for the longest game in post-season history. (Technically, if you count the two extra outs the Giants recorded that the Braves couldn’t because of Chris Burke’s walk-off home run, Saturday night’s game went longer.) Brandon Belt ended hours of offensive futility when he sent a misplaced Tanner Roark fastball over the fence in left field, putting the Giants up 2-1.

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Hunter Strickland came on in relief in the bottom half of the inning and finished off the win for the Giants, putting them up 2-0 in the NLDS over the Nationals. Now the series moves to the other side of the country, as Game 3 (and four, if necessary) will take place in San Francisco starting on Monday.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.