Diamondbacks relieved after marathon win
The Sports Xchange
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH
Cleveland Indians on Tuesday tied for longest game in Chase Field history. It only felt like it took forever.
"It felt like seven (hours)," Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero said to general laughter. "If we have to play 10 hours just to get the win, we take it."
Arizona used 22 players, including nine pitchers, and all of its position players were gone after Jordan Pacheco was used as a pinch hitter in the 13th inning.
Starting pitcher Josh Collmenter, who threw five innings to beat the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, entered on three days' rest and got the victory by tossing a scoreless 14th. The final batter he faced was starting pitcher Cory Kluber, who was used as a pinch hitter because Cleveland ran out of position players two innings before.
"They found a lot of grit," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of his players. "We made a lot of great plays."
Rookie center fielder Ender Inciarte had a game he may remember for a long time. Inciarte had four hits, including single that tied the game at 8-8 in the 11th inning, and he played a part in throwing out Jason Kipnis as the Cleveland second baseman attempted an inside-the-park home run in the 13th.
Kipnis hit a ball to off the center field fence with two outs in the inning, and the ball caromed back off Inciarte's head and rolled toward left. Inciarte hustled after the ball and made a good throw to shortstop Didi Gregorius, whose relay home was on the money and retired Kipnis fairly easily.
"Ender did a hell of a job on that ball to the wall," Gibson said. "That's a lonely feeling, and he got on his horse. He took his time and made a great relay throw. Didi, he took his time and made a great relay throw. We talk about it all the time, not rushing."
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
NEXT: Indians (RHP Cory Kluber, 6-5, 3.30 ERA) at Diamondbacks (RHP Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.18 ERA)
--RHP Daniel Hudson threw 20 pitches to LF Mark Trumbo in a short simulated game at Chase Field on Tuesday afternoon as he continues his return from a second Tommy John surgery performed in June 2013. "It felt good to get back out there," Hudson said. "It been two years since somebody actually tried to hit the ball of me." Hudson is expected to take a week off before throwing another simulated game, and he likely will begin a rehab assignment in August, manager Kirk Gibson said, with an eye toward returning to the majors when rosters expand in September. "We'd like to see him throw this year," Gibson said. "Hopefully that could happen. September is probably reasonable."
--LF Mark Trumbo batted against RHP Daniel Hudson in a 20-pitch simulated game Tuesday after taking swings at the D-backs' training facility in Scottsdale on Monday. "His stuff was hopping," Trumbo said of Hudson. Trumbo reported no pain in his left foot. He has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a stress fracture in his left foot, and he hopes to return before the All-Star break.
--SS Chris Owings missed his third consecutive start because of shoulder and ankle issues, although he pinch-hit in the ninth inning of the Diamondbacks' 9-8, 14-inning victory over the Indians on Tuesday. He has missed time because of residual effects of a getting hit on a pickoff play at second base Thursday and a rocky slide at home plate attempting to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run Friday, manager Kirk Gibson said. "Just some funky stuff happened there at the plate," Owings said. "It didn't look pretty." Gibson did not mention the shoulder injury until Tuesday. "A little fibby," said the man known as Gibby.