Ian Kennedy, in his second start without the Red Beard, pitched well in the early innings. He struck out the side in the third inning. But the Cubs got two doubles and a single to drive in two runs in the fourth inning and take the lead.
The Cubs added to the lead with four runs in the fifth inning. They were all with two outs, and all unearned on Kennedy. It wasn't pretty. If you really want to read about that inning, come back for the long recap. Suffice it to say, a 6-0 deficit halfway through the game was not a good feeling.
But these are the 2013 Never Say Diemondbacks. These are also the 2013 Cubs, and we have to give them some credit for this one. With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Martin Prado singled right up the middle and between the legs of Darwin Barney to score two Diamondbacks and give them the crooked number they so desired. The Diamondbacks added three more in the sixth inning on a two-out three-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt, and suddenly, it was a game again.
Arizona went into the bottom of the ninth inning still down by a score of 6-5 but the middle of the order was up. Goldschmidt led off with a walk, advanced to third on a single from Eric Chavez, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Cody Ross to tie it up and send the game to extra innings.
The Diamondbacks left the bases loaded in the 10th inning (for the third time of the game) and two more base runners in the 11th.
David Hernandez was called upon to pitch the 12th. He gave up a two-out walk to Anthony Rizzo, who came in to score on a double to the left field corner by Nate Schierholtz (who hit a two-run homer off of Hernandez last night).
The Diamondbacks went down in order in the 12th to drop the third game to the Cubs.