Dodgers, Nationals play longest 9-inning playoff game in MLB history
Geoff Burke / USA TODAY Sports

It was worth the wait.

Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals lasted 4 hours and 32 minutes, making it the longest nine-inning postseason game in MLB history.

When the dust settled, the Dodgers punched their ticket to the NLCS with a 4-3 win, as the Nationals left the tying and go-ahead runs at second and first, respectively.

Here's how it all went down:

Statistic Dodgers Nationals
Total Substitutions 9 12
Total Players Used 19 22
Pitchers Used 6 7
Position Players Used 13 14
Pitches Thrown 174 149

No one could've predicted that Clayton Kershaw, who pitched two days earlier, would come in to pitch in the ninth.

Not only that, but Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw a career-high 51 pitches.

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