Wednesday night's game between the Softbank Hawks and Nippon Ham Fighters ended at 12:03am on Thursday.
At six hours and one minute, it was the sixth game in NPB history that lasted six or more hours, the first in PL history.
|9/11/1992||15||6:26||Koshien Stadium||Hanshin 3 - Yakult 3|
|9/8/1996||14||6:19||Shimonoseki Stadium||Yakult 6 - Yokohama 5|
|8/9/1998||15||6:13||Fukuyama Municipal Stadium||Yokohama 14 - Hiroshima 6|
|5/24/2000||15||6:02||Koshien Stadium||Chunichi 3 - Hanshin 2|
|10/1/1992||13||6:01||Hiroshima||Hiroshima 8 - Yakult 7|
|9/4/2013||12||6:01||Tokyo Dome||Softbank 9 - Nippon Ham 7|
It was the twelfth time in NPB history a game started on one day and ended on the next, the first since a Softbank-Yakult game on May 21, 2006 (started at 6:50pm and ended at 12:12am, twelve innings) and the first involving two PL teams.
Eighteen pitchers made appearances in the game (eight Nippon Ham, ten Softbank) and broke the PL record of sixteen set on May 29, 2001 (Nippon Ham vs Kintetsu). The NPB record of nineteen was set during a Hiroshima-Chunichi game on October 4, 2007 (nine Hiroshima, ten Chunichi).
Softbank sent ten pitchers to the mound and tied the NPB record (since the two-league format).