Sometimes, teams simply run out of pitching. Especially when your starter is Edwin Jackson.
The Cubs ran into that predicament on Tuesday night (and Wednesday morning).
Jackson lasted just four innings and, after throwing eight pitchers, the team was pretty much tapped out and manager Rick Renteria didn't want to throw Hector Rondon.
So, in the 16th inning, the Cubs went to catcher John Baker as their pitcher and Baker got the win.
It was the first time since Joe Mather in early 2012 that the Cubs needed a position player to pitch.
Afterward, Baker was nothing less than ecstatic about his feat, which the 33-year-old told reporters was the first time he pitched in a game since the Cape Cod League summer college wood-bat league.
"The last time that many people cheered, it was because I got booed at Dodger Stadium after we got in a fight with the Dodgers," Baker told MLB.com.
"That was the loudest crowd I've ever heard. That was sad, because they were booing me, and this one I was happy, because they were chanting my name.
"Any Chicagoans dream is to be standing at home plate with the remaining people at Wrigley Field chanting your name. It's something I'll never forget."
Celebrating in style
As for the celebration, that was pretty amazing too.
"I got beer, I got chocolate milk, I got hair gel, I got shampoo, I got body wash, and then I got more beer," Baker told MLB.com. "Best shower I've ever taken."
Other records broken
Among the records broken in the game was the time of play, which at six hours and 27 minutes was the longest game in Cubs franchise history. The longest game before Tuesday started on Aug. 17, 1982 and ran 21 innings.
It was also the longest game the Rockies have played, according to MLB.com. Their previous record was a 28-inning game that lasted six hours and 16 minutes in April 2008.
After a failure from Jackson for the Cubs, the bullpens were outstanding. They combined to allow just one run in 21.2 innings thrown.
The Cubs also played a 16-inning game in April, losing to the Pirates.
Moments in position players pitching
The most famous moment in position player pitching might just be Jose Canseco. He was no Babe Ruth or John Olerud, two guys who could do both. Canseco apparently tried to throw the ball so hard that he hurt his elbow, later needing to have Tommy John surgery because of the outing.
Earlier this season, the White Sox had infielder Leury Garcia pitch in a game.
In 2011, the Phillies' Wilson Valdez got a win. He was the last NL position player to do that.
The last MLB position player to get a win was the Orioles' Chris Davis.
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