CHICAGO (AP) -- If Wrigley Field's famous brick walls were
covered in padding and not ivy, the game that tied for the longest
in the majors this season might have kept on going.
Pinch hitter Angel Echevarria sent Preston Wilson to the ivy on his game-winning hit, and the wall did the rest.
Florida center fielder Preston Wilson ran into the wall with two
outs in the 16th inning and dropped pinch-hitter Angel Echevarria's fly ball single, giving the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 win over the Marlins on Friday.Wilson said he knew a rough collision was coming."You know when you come here, there's not much of a cushion,''
Wilson said. "Anywhere else in the league, it's padded. It's more
like a curtain. Window dressing.''Wilson appeared to run down Echevarria's fly, but did not hang on as he ran into the wall. Wilson fell to the ground and umpires immediately called it a no-catch."Everything happened so fast,'' Wilson said. "When he hit it, it just kept going. I was on a dead run.''Corey Patterson scored easily from third with the winning run. As the Cubs celebrated, Wilson was checked out by trainers.Wilson walked off the field under his own power, but said later he was day-to-day with two sprained and swollen wrists.With two outs in the 16th, Patterson and Todd Hundley each singled off Carl Pavano (3-9). Pavano's first pitch to Echevarria was wild, allowing Patterson and Hundley to advance.Jeff Fassero (3-5) pitched two innings for the win as the Cubs
used every reliever except Tom Gordon. Vic Darensbourg was the only
Marlins reliever not to pitch.Both bullpens combined to allow one run in 19 innings.Fred McGriff homered and drove in three runs for the Cubs, who won interim manager Bruce Kimm's first game at Wrigley Field."The right thing to say is, it's a lot more exciting to win right here,'' Kimm said. "But we need to win a lot of games in a lot of places.''The Marlins played their first game after Thursday's deals that
sent away outfielder Cliff Floyd and pitcher Ryan Dempster, two of the highest-paid players on the team.Outfielder Juan Encarnacion, the Marlins' key acquisition in the deals, went 2-for-7. Pavano was acquired from Montreal.The Marlins had runners on second and third in the top of the 14th, but ran themselves out of a chance to take the lead.With one out, Eric Owens grounded back to the mound, and pitcher
Joe Borowski tagged out Derrek Lee between third and home as Mike
Mordecai took third.Owens got himself caught in a rundown between first and second, but first baseman McGriff relayed home as Mordecai broke for the plate, and catcher Hundley tagged him out for a double play.Marlins manager Jeff Torborg argued the call by home plate umpire Marty Foster to no avail. Television replays appeared to show Mordecai beat the throw."I thought I was safe. I didn't think it was much of a question,'' said Mordecai, another player acquired in Thursday's trades. ''(Foster) said he got me on the shoulder, but I didn't feel the glove hit me, or anything. I know I got the plate.''Sammy Sosa hit an RBI single in the fourth and McGriff followed with a two-run homer, his 18th.Andy Fox hit an RBI single to right, tying it at 4 in the seventh.Kerry Wood, who was lifted after throwing 108 pitches, allowed four runs on eight hits over seven innings. He had 10 strikeouts -- tying a season high -- and one walk.
LHP Graeme Lloyd, also added from Montreal in Thursday's
deal, was not with the team and the time of his arrival was
uncertain. ... Florida's Luis Castillo has a 23-game hitting streak
on the road. ... Wood has three double-digit strikeout games this
season and 22 in his career. ... Kimm let Borowski bat for himself
in the 12th, even though he had players available. Borowski went on
to pitch four scoreless innings of relief. ... The last time the
Cubs played a game that went at least 16 innings was June 22, 1996,
against San Diego. The last time the Marlins did it was Aug. 20,
1999, against Houston. ... It was the Marlins' fourth game this
season that lasted at least 14 innings. ... The game lasted 4
hours, 38 minutes. ... Los Angeles beat Atlanta 6-5 on May 7 in the
majors' other 16-inning game this season.