(PHOENIX) — Cliff Pennington hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 16th inning, as the Arizona Diamondbacks outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals 10-9, Thursday morning.
The game took 5 hours, 32 minutes, the longest game ever played in Chase Field history.
“All the innings weren’t fun, but the party at the end sure was,” Pennington said. “I was just trying to get something I could hit hard and I got a pitch I thought was good enough and fortunately I hit it up the middle and not at somebody. It was pretty awesome.”
Pennington wasn’t the only star of the game. Josh Collmenter pitched the last five innings of the game, allowing one run and striking out five while earning the win.
“The kid never gets rattled, he gave up a run, but we didn’t give up two, he cut it off,” Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson said. “He actually threw the ball better as he went along. You could see the ball coming out of his hand better. It’s just unreal.”
In the 12th inning, the Cardinals actually took the lead on a Pete Kozma RBI single. The Diamondbacks answered right back in the bottom half of the inning when Martin Prado’s sacrifice fly scored Pennington.
The Diamondbacks (2-1) received home runs from Paul Goldschmidt, Gerardo Parra and Prado.
Brandon McCarthy started the game for the Diamondbacks. It was McCarthy’s first outing since being hit in the head by a line drive and having to undergo emergency brain surgery. McCarthy pitched five innings allowing six runs.
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