After 12 innings, 12 combined pitchers, and 12 total hits, a winner emerged Friday night at Dodgers Stadium.
The Arizona Diamondbacks outlasted the Dodgers 4-2 in the first of their three-game, weekend series.
The action was flat for most of the game as starting pitchers Zack Greinke for the Dodgers and Wade Miley for the Diamondbacks mowed through hitters on each side, each only surrendering one run.
Things picked up, however, in the ninth inning.
The Diamondbacks got a runner to third base with one out when Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow was given the order to intentionally walk hitter Martin Prado. His next pitch sailed over catcher Tim Federowicz’s head, rolled to the backstop and allowed Tony Campana to score.
Arizona took their 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth and were two outs from victory. Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe came up and laced a drive down the left field line that looked like it would hook foul before clearing the fence for a homerun, but the ball smacked off the foul pole, Uribe had his homerun, and the game was knotted up 2-2.
It stayed that way until the top of the 12th inning.
A.J. Pollock started the inning off for the Diamondbacks by hustling into second base with a double. Pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington was then hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Aaron Hill singled to right-center field. Pollock and Pennington scored giving the Diamondbacks the lead 4-2.
The Dodgers went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning, and the game was over.
Greinke did his part going six innings; his only mistake came during his 102nd pitch when Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero blasted his second homerun of the season in the sixth inning.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was upbeat afterwards, despite his offense squandering scoring changes. His team went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.
“This game is stupid sometimes. You swing the bats you get eight (runs), you get seven (runs), you’re hitting the ball all over the place, next thing you know you’re having trouble putting runs on the board, it’s just the flow of the game,” Mattingly said after the game.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 1 for 4 extending his hitting streak to 13 games. He’s hitting .333 with five homers and 14 RBI during his tear.
The two teams will face each other again on Saturday. First pitch is at 5:10pm.