Bullpen lauded after D-backs' long win
Relievers earn praise for nine hitless innings on Sunday
SAN DIEGO -- Miguel Montero was not interested in talking about how he caught 18 innings of Sunday's marathon game against the Padres.
"Why don't you ask me about the no-hitter I caught yesterday?" the D-backs catcher said with a smile.
Montero was referring to the fact that the D-backs' bullpen, which coughed up five runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra frames, did not allow a hit in the nine innings that followed.
"I feel pretty good," Montero said. "My legs are a little tired. Actually, I thought I was going to feel a lot better because yesterday after the game I felt great. But today when I woke up, I was a little tired."
This was not Montero's first experience catching an 18-inning game. He said he thought he caught one back when he was playing for Class A South Bend. Of course, he was a few years younger.
"I played the next day, actually," said Montero, who was not in the lineup Monday.
Here's a look at some of the notable occurrences Sunday, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau:
It was the second-longest game in which one team trailed by as many as five runs in the ninth inning.
The no-hitter for the final nine innings by the Arizona bullpen was the first time a group of relievers had thrown nine consecutive hitless innings since July 29, 1995, when the Royals' bullpen did not allow a hit over the final nine of a 16-inning win over the Tigers.
Padres shortstop Josh Wilson took the loss in the game. Wilson had also made appearances on the mound for the D-backs earlier this year and the Rays in 2007 to become the first position player to pitch for three Major League teams since John Cangelosi. Cangelosi pitched for the Pirates in 1988, the Astros in 1995 and the Marlins in 1997.
"It was the longest single game I ever played in," said center fielder Chris Young, who was 2-for-7. "I've been in some doubleheaders in the Minors that have been long like that, but not just one game. After awhile, it seemed like the game was never going to end."
The D-backs seem to play well when it comes to 18-inning games. Sunday was the third in franchise history, and they are 3-0 in those contests. In fact, they are 5-0 in games that have lasted longer than 15 innings.
Despite the length of the game, the D-backs pitching staff was in pretty good shape for Monday with only Clay Zavada and Leo Rosales likely unavailable for action. And while the Padres ran out of pitchers in the game, D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said he had about 22 innings worth of pitching before Arizona would have had to use a position player on the mound.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.