07/30 02:51 CDT Cubs beat Rockies in 16 innings, 4-3
Cubs beat Rockies in 16 innings, 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) --- Both the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies ran out of relief
pitchers in a marathon game. The Rockies then turned to a starter. The Cubs
used a catcher --- and won.
John Baker scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning after
pitching a scoreless top half, and the Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to
beat Colorado 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Baker scored on Starlin Castro's fly to end a game that lasted 6 hours, 27
minutes, a record for longest game by time for both teams.
"It's really cool to get a chance to do this," Baker said. "I was having
trouble not smiling on the mound. You never get opportunities to do things like
The 33-year-old Baker joked that might not have pitched since he was
"It was the Cape Cod League," he said. "I believe I had like a 27.00 ERA, but I
was getting squeezed from what I remember."
Chicago used seven relievers before Baker (1-0) became the first Cubs position
player to take the mound since Aug. 27, 2012, when Joe Mather faced Milwaukee.
The Rockies also used all seven relievers in their bullpen, then turned to
Tyler Matzek, a starter in the 16th.
Matzek (2-5) walked Baker to lead off the inning. Baker advanced to second on a
sacrifice, then third on Anthony Rizzo's bloop single before scoring.
"I've thrown in the pen before and had a routine down," Matzek said. "So it
wasn't anything crazy. I just didn't execute."
Chicago's Emilio Bonifacio had game-tying two-run homer in the fourth inning
and a double among four hits. He is 14 for 35 since returning from the disabled
list (strained right oblique) on July 22.
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau returned from the disabled list and drove
in two runs with a double. Corey Dickerson added two hits and an RBI
Morneau, who had been out since July 13 with a strained neck, entered hitting
.312, third best in the National League. He leads Colorado with 62 RBIs.
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson lasted through just four innings, laboring with 105
pitches, and allowing three runs on six hits and three walks.
Jackson allowed all three Colorado runs in the first, then Chicago's bullpen
--- plus Baker --- held the Rockies scoreless for 15 innings.
"When you go 15 innings without scoring a run, you don't deserve to win,"
Colorado manager Walt Weiss said.
Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa pitched six innings, allowing three runs and
striking out seven. The left-hander entered with wins in five straight
decisions dating to June 24.
Both teams had chances to win in the 10th.
Colorado's D.J. LeMahieu missed on a suicide squeeze with Morneau on third and
Charlie Culberson on second. Morneau was tagged out by catcher Welington
In the bottom of the inning, Castillo lined a drive deep to center field with
one out and Castro on second. But the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon raced back and
made a spectacular diving catch.
Rockies: In addition to Morneau, the Rockies activated left-handed reliever
Boone Logan from the DL (diverticulitis/intestinal inflammation). Logan pitched
a scoreless ninth. The Rockies also recalled infielder Cristhian Adames from
Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game because infielder Josh Rutledge has
an upper-respiratory infection.
Cubs: The Cubs placed right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled
list with a sore triceps.
Colorado left-hander Brett Anderson (1-3, 3.24 ERA) faces Chicago left-hander
Travis Wood (7-9, 5.06 ERA) on Wednesday night. Anderson allowed no runs and
two hits in 6 1-3 innings last Friday to earn his first win with Colorado. Wood
is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four career games against the Rockies.
Morneau went 2 for 4 in a rehab game at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday,
but really felt ready to return when an MRI of his neck showed no serious
damage, such as nerve impingement. "Hopefully it's good to for the rest of the
year," he said.
Logan said the pain from his diverticulitis was dibilitating and affected his
pitching shoulder. "My (left) collarbone was killing me," he said. "It was like
it was broke in half because of the pain shooting."
Are the Cubs potential sellers as Thursday's trade deadline nears? "I expect to
be active, we're having a lot of conversations," GM Jed Hoyer said. "It's still
early, but tomorrow is sort of moving day."