HERMOSILLO, Mexico — Doug Clark, whose Major League career consists of 14 games played with the Giants and A's beginning in 2005, hit a home run in the 18th inning to win the Caribbean Series championship in a record 7-hour, 28-minute game that ended early Friday.
Clark, a 15-year minor leaguer whose only hit in 11 Major League at-bats came with the A's in 2006, hit a towering home run that gave Yaquis de Obregon, his Mexican League team, a 4-3 win over the Dominican Republic's Escogido Leones. It was Yaquis de Obgregon's second Caribbean title in three years
Miguel Tejada, whose Major League career featured stops in Oakland and San Francisco as well, had a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning for Escogido Leones.
It stayed that way until Clark, 36, homered over the right-field fence off Dominican reliever Edward Valdez in the top of the 18th inning. Clark, who was a seventh-round pick of the Giants in 1998, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Series.
"This was a game for the ages," Clark told Baseball America. "This is like three or four games in one. We had the game in our hands twice and they came back. But they're a very dangerous team, and we had to maintain our focus every inning."
The teams combined to use a record 21 pitchers and throw 507 pitches in the 55th Caribbean Series. The game was played in front of a capacity crowd of 16,000 fans, many of whom stuck around to watch the game end at
It was the longest game played in Caribbean Series history, the nearly 7 ½ hours eclipsed the old record of 6 hours, 13 minutes in 2007, when ex-A's player Tony Batista hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 18th inning for the Dominican Republic.