The date was April 3rd, game three of the 2013 season. Who would have thought that this would be the first seven of a record 79 extra innings played by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013? The D’backs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 10-9 in a wild, 16 inning affair at Chase Field. Neither Brandon McCarthy who started for Arizona, nor Lance Lynn who took the ball for St. Louis, would make it past five innings.
The game was tied at 8 entering the 12th inning when the Cards pushed across a run on a single by Pete Kozma. The D’backs tied the game in the bottom half of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Martin Prado. The score would stay the same until the bottom of the 16th inning when Jason Kubel led off with a walk and then sacrificed to second by Ian Kennedy. Up stepped Cliff Pennington who singled to right to score Kubel and end the five hour, thirty-two minute contest. Pennington had a solid game by going 3 for 6 and a special shout out went to Josh Collmenter who hurled the final five innings to pick up the victory. This game now holds the record for being the longest game in Chase Field history.