Friday's game lasted five hours, spanned 12 innings and included 17 pitchers.
Saturday's game came down to a centimeter.
That, pretty much, was the distance between Petco Park's outfield grass and the baseball that bulged out of Mookie Betts' glove, just barely secure enough to place another exclamation mark on an exhilarating matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
It was the bottom of the ninth, there were two outs, the Dodgers led by two, the Padres had two runners in scoring position, and both teams had navigated through another April game with the nail-biting intensity of October. Betts, playing center field for the injured Cody Bellinger, broke to his left, sprinted seven steps and launched himself towards Tommy Pham's sinking line drive. If it falls, the game is at least tied. Give Pham's speed, perhaps the Padres win on an inside-the-park home run.
Betts secured it on the heel of his glove, turning in a play with a 10% catch probability in the Dodgers' 2-0 victory. He lifted himself up on both knees, patted his chest three times and roared towards a crowd that had mostly fallen silent. Moments later, in an on-field interview with the Dodgers' broadcast affiliate, Betts said he "kind of blacked out."
It's been that kind of series.