4/3/14, "Pirates win in 16th inning, 4-3, on Tony Sanchez single
," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bill Brink
"Tony Sanchez’s pinch-hit single
in the 16th inning gave the Pirates a 4-3 win against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.
, which carried into Thursday morning, lasted 5 hours, 55
minutes, making the longest baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh
Jose Tabata reached on a fielder’s choice in the 16th
and went from
first to third on Starling Marte’s single. Sanchez chopped a ball
through the left side to score Tabata....
Despite loading the bases with no outs in the 13th, the Pirates
couldn’t score. A double-play grounder into a five-man infield and a
groundout ended the threat.
Anthony Rizzo’s 12th-inning home run off Jeanmar Gomez broke a 2-2
tie, but the Pirates evened the score in the inning’s bottom half....
Two Cubs runs on five hits against Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli,
reliable late-game tandem, forced extra innings. The
inability of Pirates pitchers to retire leadoff man Emilio Bonifacio, a
carry-over from Monday’s game, aided the Cubs, as did a strong night
from No. 2 hitter Luis Valbuena.
After Melancon allowed a run in the eighth that cut the Pirates’ lead
to 2-1, Grilli allowed another in the ninth. The top of the Cubs’
lineup played a role in both runs.
Junior Lake hit a one-out single in the ninth. Bonifacio, who had
three hits already in the game, singled two batters later. Valbuena, who
was 2 for 4 entering the inning, singled, scoring Lake.
The game also put the spotlight on the new rules governing managers’ challenges
and video reviews. Melancon pitched himself into a bases-loaded jam in the eighth.
Bonifacio and Valbuena singled and advanced into scoring position on
Starlin Castro’s grounder. Melancon hit Anthony Rizzo to load the bases.
Nate Schierholtz grounded to second, which appeared to start a 4-6-3
inning-ending double play, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged the
play at second because Neil Walker’s throw took Jordy Mercer off the
bag. The play was reviewed and overturned, granting the Cubs a run.
“There’s some sort of a fine line there if the throw is somewhat off
or the player has to stretch the coach can come out [and ask for a
review],” Mercer said. “But I don’t think any of us knew that was
reviewable. Caught us off guard.”
The play wasn’t challenged as a “neighborhood” play, which managers cannot challenge.
“Their manager challenged the fact that the throw, the feed, pulled him off the bag,” Hurdle said.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle used his challenge in the eighth inning
to see if a pitch hit Marte, but the ruling on the field of a foul ball
With two men on in the bottom of the 13th and no outs, Neil Walker
bunted to advance the runners. Cubs pitcher Wesley Wright threw to
third, but not in time to get Pedro Alvarez. Renteria challenged the
play, having won a second challenge when he was successful with his
first, but the play stood.
Charlie Morton’s start Wednesday represented what he hopes will be
the beginning of his first full season since 2011. He missed the second
half of 2012 and the first half of ’13 while he recovered from Tommy
John ligament replacement surgery.
In six scoreless innings, Morton allowed four hits, walked one and
struck out six. He deployed a strong curveball and had good command of
Morton played the role of enforcer in the second inning. After Cubs
starter Edwin Jackson hit Marte to lead off the bottom of the first,
Morton drilled Rizzo with the first pitch of the second. Home plate
umpire Bob Davidson warned Morton and both teams.
Morton didn’t walk a batter until the sixth inning when he put Rizzo
on with one out. Schierholtz ripped a line drive back toward the mound
that ricocheted off Morton’s glove and directly to Mercer. Mercer caught
it and doubled Rizzo off first to end the inning. The impact of the
ball hurt Morton’s hand – “right on the thumb,” he said – and he was
forced from the game. Hurdle said X-rays revealed no fracture." image of Pittsburgh Pirates scoreboard, 16 inning game v Cubs
, final 4-3 Pirates