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I hope you hadn’t made other plans."There have been longer games at Chase Field in terms of innings. Indeed Mark McGwire Jersey , later this season, we saw a 16-inning contest against the San Diego Padres. However, that ended in a) defeat for the Diamondbacks, and b) a relatively brief five hours and thirty-one minutes. Three other games also went that distance, in 2013, 2006 and 1999, but none of them topped 5:32 in duration. This one cruised past them all, in part because it broke a near two-decade old mark for most base-runners allowed in an Arizona victory. The D-backs allowed 19 hits and eight walks, passing the previous record of 26 (14 hits, nine walks, two HBP and a ROE) set in August 1998. No wonder this took nearer six hours than five and a half. Despite the mojo of Byung-Hyun Kim tossing out the first pitch, it didn’t begin like a home win, as a Yasmani Grandal blast gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, one out and 16 pitches into the game. Arizona chipped away, tying the game with runs in the first, third and fourth. LA starter Hyun-Jun Ryu lasted only four innings, while Taijuan Walker was gone after five, and the bullpens settled in for what turned out to be a long night. The Dodgers took advantage: Yoshihisa Hirano allowed his first run, on a home-run by Logan Forsythe in the sixth. Then Andrew Chafin and T.J. McFarland each gave up another in their innings; although Jorge De La Rosa left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Arizona trailed by three.Going up against Kenley Jansen - at that time, still one of the most feared closers in the majors - things looked bleak, especially after David Peralta and Ketel Marte grounded out. That left Arizona down to their final out, trailing by three with the bases empty, and a Win Probability of just 0.6%. But Paul Goldschmidt drew a full count walk. Then A.J. Pollock drew a full-count walk, and Chris Owings came to the plate representing the tying run. He wasn’t hanging around, and deposited the first thing he saw, a mediocre 91 mph pitch from Jansen , into the left-field bleachers for a three-run home-run, tying the game at six. We had ourselves a brand-new ballgame. And things were just getting started. Five innings followed without either side being able to score. That, combined with the short outings by both starters, left the relief corps on each side severely taxed, and Arizona and Los Angeles were eventually worn down to their last bullpen arm standing - Wilmer Font and Fernando Salas respectively. It looked like the Dodgers would prevail, scoring off Salas in his third inning of work. But the D-backs rallied once more, tying the game up on Nick Ahmed’s RBI double into the left-center field gap. [Jake Lamb scored that run, but his dive home exacerbated the shoulder injury suffered earlier that night, diving for a pop-up in the ninth - it eventually ended his season in July]That brought in Jeff Mathis, pinch-hitting for Salas with one out and the winning run on second-base. This switch was a role of the dice by Torey Lovullo, with Salas his final available pitcher: if Arizona hadn’t walked it off, Mathis would have ended up taking the mound for the sixteenth inning [Jeff would eventually get to make his Arizona pitching debut later in the year, on July 8, pitching the sixteenth inning there, and taking the loss against the Padres on a home-run to Wil Myers] And that was a real risk. The catcher made his major-league debut in 2005. Know how many pinch hits Mathis had before in his career before this trip to the plate? Just two. He had gone 2-for-26 off the bench, with 11 strikeouts.Of course, Mathis dumped the ball almost into the same spot as Ahmed’s game-tying double, and as the clock rolled on to nearly half-past midnight in Phoenix, the latest celebration in Chase Field history got under way. What they saidTorey Lovullo: “It was a really, really satisfying night to come out ahead the way we did. It spoke volumes about the character of this team. I’ve talked about it now for over a year, this team doesn’t shut down. They fight, they claw, they believe鈥eally proud of these guys tonight.”Chris Owings: “It was two really good at-bats before me, and just looking at his misses, kind of up and away, kind of thinking he’d need to get back in the zone, and that pitch was right where I was kind of looking. Definitely got us back in the game , and from there, the rest is history.”Taijuan Walker: “[Mathis] definitely didn’t want to pitch. He came in here and he had the look on his face. He didn’t want to pitch. We were pretty much like, ‘Hey, if you don’t want to pitch, get a hit.’ He did. It was awesome.”Jeff Mathis: “Everybody was coming in and talking about how slow [Font’s curveball] was and how you have to let it get there. It was really good advice for me coming in off the bench... Watching him over the last four innings, he was mixing it up, fastball and his curveball. He threw me the first one for a strike and I saw it pretty good. He ended up leaving the next one up and I was able to get some barrel on it.”Alex Boswell: “In the end, this team never quits. Who would have thought that the longest game in Chase Field history would end with a Jeff Mathis walk-off single.” TORONTO (AP) — David Hess had done everything right, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his first start of the season.So it was something of a stunner when first-year manager Brandon Hyde pointed to the bullpen.Hess was pulled after 6 1/3 hitless innings, and the Baltimore Orioles bullpen couldn’t see the no-hit bid through in a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out eight and walked one, but Hyde pulled him after 82 pitches. Hess also threw 42 pitches in relief Thursday on opening day.“I was shocked because I knew my pitch count was decently low,” Hess said.Reliever Pedro Araujo replaced Hess, walked Justin Smoak, and then allowed a two-run homer to Randal Grichuk for Toronto’s first hit.Hyde said he had planned to pull Hess earlier, possibly after five innings, but let him stretch his pitch count more than expected because he was throwing so well. The effort helped Baltimore win its third straight and get its first victory in Toronto since Sept. 13, 2017. The Orioles lost all 10 games in Canada last year.It was the second-longest scoreless outing of Hess’s young career, just shy of the 6 2/3 innings he went last May at Tampa Bay.Hyde was booed when he walked to the mound to fetch Hess, but the skipper had no regrets.“For David to go beyond that (pitch count) obviously and then some, was incredible,” Hyde said. “But that was a terrible walk. I hated to do it, but for David’s health and one of, hopefully, 30-plus starts, it was the right thing to do.”Baltimore’s offense was sparked by Jonathan Villar’s first home run of the season in the first inning, with Trey Mancini providing the winning margin with his second homer of the year in the seventh inning.Left-hander Richard Bleier picked up his first save of the season.It was the second time this season the Blue Jays have been no-hit into the seventh inning. Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann retired 20 Toronto batters on opening day before Teoscar Hernandez singled to end his perfect game.Manager Charlie Montoyo acknowledged that his team has struggled when it comes to offense.“I’m not going to defend our offense right now, but I know we’re going to hit Paul DeJong Jersey ,” he said. “That’s what they do. They have a past, they have a record and we’re going to hit. We’re just not hitting right now.”After a team-record 24 consecutive scoreless innings from the Blue Jays starters to begin the season, things unraveled early for Sean Reid-Foley (0-1). Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make his eighth career start, he endured a rough outing, giving up five hits and five runs, three earned, while walking two and striking out three in two innings.SLOW STARTERSFor the fourth time in five games to open the season, the Blue Jays saw their first nine batters sent down in succession, going just 1 for 46 in the opening three innings of their games.SPARSE CROWDThe announced crowd of 10,460 was the smallest crowd at Toronto’s Rogers Centre since April 19, 2010, when 10,314 showed up to see the Blue Jays play Kansas City.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (strained oblique) has resumed baseball activities after being out since March 8, making appearances in extended spring training in Dunedin, Florida. Toronto’s plan is to have the third baseman report to Triple-A Buffalo at some point but is mindful of the cold weather in Western New York and doesn’t want him to reinjure himself. … RHP Clay Bucholtz (right flexor) will throw 60 pitches on Tuesday and 75 on April 7, and could be in line to pitch against Tampa on April 13. … RHP Ryan Tepera (right elbow) and LHP Ryan Borucki (left elbow) are scheduled to throw side sessions on Wednesday.Orioles: Renato Nunez served as designated hitter once again on Monday, but Hyde said the biceps soreness that limited him in spring training has subsided somewhat, allowing him to play first or third base if required.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (0-1, 13.50) makes his sixth career start in Toronto, aiming to improve on the 1-2 record he has posted at Rogers Centre.Blue Jays: After pitching seven scoreless innings on opening day, RHP Marcus Stroman (0-0, 0.00) makes his second start of the season, having won his only start against the Orioles last season, allowing just one run over seven innings.

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