Cliff Pennington Hero of Marathon Game

By Chris Lacey

Apr. 3, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Jason Kubel (13) celebrates with shortstop Josh Wilson (10) after scoring on a hit by shortstop Cliff Pennington (not pictured) to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-9 in 16 innings at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks short stop Cliff Pennington was one of the key players in their marathon win against the St.Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. This is a very different Diamondbacks club from last season, and you can see it by how they played in this game.

Arizona never gave up they always believed they had a chance in winning this game. Pennington coming into this game was hitless in his first eight at-bats on the season, but he got a base hit in each of his final three at-bats including the eventual walk-off single.

The Diamondbacks won this game in 16 innings with the help of different players from their line up and bench as well. The two teams used every player available except reliever Heath Bell for Arizona and backup catcher Tony Cruz for the Cardinals. Martin Prado hit a key sacrifice fly that knotted the game at nine in the bottom of the 12th inning. They even had their pitcher from opening day Ian Kennedy drop down a bunt to put Jason Kubel into scoring position to score the winning run.

This win for Arizona required a total team effort, and would not have been possible without the tremendous work done by relief pitcher Josh Collmenter. Collmenter threw 74 pitches in five innings of outstanding work for Arizona, and keep in mind that he threw 24 pitches in 1.2 innings on Tuesday. Collmenter deserves to at least have the series with Brewers off with his performance in this game.

This was the longest game in the history of Chase Field at five hours and 32 minutes, and this is the type of game where Arizona can build on it for the rest of their season.