SAN DIEGO (AP) — On the field and off of it, anyone who watched the San Diego Padres outlast the Chicago Cubs on Sunday had a similar reaction.
The words might have been slightly different but the bottom line was the same.
"That was the strangest game I've seen in my life," said longtime Padres radio announcer Jerry Coleman.
San Diego finally held off the Cubs for a 3-2 win in 15 innings, a game that was scoreless until Chicago scored twice in the 13th inning, only to be matched by the Padres in the bottom half.
Coleman, a New York Yankees infielder from 1949-57, has spent many of his 88 years in baseball. Even he was scratching his head after Nick Hundley's game-winning RBI single ended this marathon.
The Cubs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 13th thanks in part to Padres first baseman Jesus Guzman hitting Nick Schierholtz's helmet with a throw after Schierholtz left the batter's box on what looked to be a potential bases-loaded, double play.
"I've never seen that one before," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
Schierholtz said he got out of the box in an awkward manner because he tweaked his back on the swing. They he got plunked by Guzman.
"Just a nightmare of a play," said Schierholtz, who said his back and head are probably fine.
The Padres tied it when Ronny Cedeno made a daring dash to the plate on Kevin Gregg's wild pitch after Cedeno had tripled with two outs.
"I don't think Ronny saw (the ball) immediately," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Where he is, where the ball is and where the catcher is, it's not a great view. You don't know how far the ball is going to come toward our dugout.
"He picked it up and made a decision to go. But if there was a good throw and tag, he probably would have been out."
Instead, Hundley recorded the third game-winning hit of his career and his first since he belted a home run on May 30, 2010, against Washington.
"Any time you go long like that it adds a little more, it's a special win," Hundley said. "Losing a game like this takes a little bit more out of you, and winning it builds momentum."
Black said the victory was big, even if both teams are struggling.
The Padres (59-71) are fourth in the NL West, while the last-place Cubs (55-75) have dropped 11 of 14.