Cardinals fall to Diamondbacks after 16-inning battle


It took sixteen innings in the longest game ever at Chase Field but the St. Louis Cardinals fell in 16 innings to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks won 10-9 over the Redbirds.
Apr. 3, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) throws during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Image Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
When I went to bed on Wednesday night, the Cardinals were leading 4-1 but that’s what happens when one has to go to bed early during this games on the west coast.

It took 5 hours and 32 minutes from first pitch to the walk off hit in the 6th.

Lance Lynn‘s start was not all that great for the Cardinals. Lynn pitched 4 innings and faced 3 batters in the 5th. He allowed 4 runs on 6 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3. When Matheny pulled him in the 5th, he was nearing the 100 pitch mark.

Marc Rzepczynski had one of the better performances for the Cardinals bullpen. The left-hander pitched two very solid innings in between blown saves from Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs. Scrabble did give up a hit but struck out 3 batters.

Edward Mujica picked up his second hold of the season pitching in relief. Mujica pitched one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He was followed by Rosenthal. The always-dominant Rosenthal struck out 2 batters but also managed to give up one run on three hits.

Fernando Salas would pick up the loss.

Offensively, there were some good performances by the Cardinals. Yadier Molina went 2 for 7 at the plate with a solo home run but scored twice on the evening, knocking in 3 RBI. Matt Adams was 3 for 6 at the plate, scoring only once. Pete Kozma went 2 for 7 on Wednesday, scoring once and driving in a run. Second baseman Daniel Descalso was 4 for 7 with 2 runs and 2 RBI.

With runners in scoring position, the Cardinals had chance after chance to blow the game wide open but failed to do so. They were 6 for 20 to the Diamondbacks’ 3 for 9.