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Cubs outlast Rockies in longest game in franchise history
It took longer than any game in franchise history and so many players that a Cubs catcher got the victory pitching in relief.
But when Starlin Castro finally drove a line-drive sacrifice fly to right field at just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning against Tyler Matzek, the Cubs celebrated a 4-3, 16-inning victory over the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.
The 6-hour, 27-minute game time surpassed by 17 minutes the 1982 franchise record set against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 21-inning game.
Catcher John Baker, who was on deck briefly in the 13th before being pulled back to let pitcher Jake Arrieta hit with two men on base, pitched a scoreless top of the 16th before leading off the bottom of the inning with a walk and eventually scoring the winning run.
The game also featured two pitchers making pinch-hit appearances, including Arrieta, who inexplicably was sent to the plate with one out and two on in the 13th.
He struck out attempting to bunt. And the threat ended with Emilo Bonifacio followed with another strikeout – then slammed his bat on the ground.
Bonifacio tied the game for the Cubs with a two-run homer in the fourth that put him a triple short of the cycle – and, as it turned out, giving him five shots to get the triple.
He got his fourth hit, but it was a broken-bat single with two out in the 11th..
After Baker’s leadoff walk in the 16th, Bonifacio bunted him to second, before Arismendy Alcantara was hit by a pitch, and Anthony Rizzo singled to left-center to load the bases for Castro.
Counting Baker, seven Cubs relievers combined to pitch 12 scoreless innings after Edwin Jackson labored through four innings – needing 105 pitches to get that far.
The only Cubs who didn’t get in the game were starters Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada and taxed reliever Hector Rondon.
The Rockies didn’t score after four of the first five batters reached against Jackson in the first, Justin Morneau capping a three-run inning with a two-run double.