Padres manager Bud Black is a leading proponent of a new rule that would limit the number of post-Sept. 1 call-ups a manager can use in a September game.
"The game shouldn't be played that much different in the most important month of the season than it is over the first five months," Black has said.
But Thursday afternoon in Phoenix, Black used five pitchers in the ninth inning in a battle of matchups with Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson as the Padres worked their way out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam to defeat Arizona 6-5.
Anthony Bass struck out Aaron Hill with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth to get the final out and his first major league save.
But the right-hander thought there should be a category called the "team save" to cover what happened at the end of the game.
"It was great to see us all work together and come out with a win," said Bass. "I've never been a part of anything like that."
The last four pitchers used by the Padres faced one hitter apiece. The last three -- right-hander Nick Vincent, left-hander Tommy Layne and the right-handed Bass -- each got one out to freeze the tying run at third and turn back the Diamondbacks' bid for a series sweep.
"It was like watching a video game," said Vincent, who got the first out in the ninth. "I'm like Anthony. I saw things like that in the World Series last year, but I've never been a part of it."
"This was one of those games that if you said it's going to come down to five pitchers in the ninth, they'd have said you are crazy," said Padres manager Bud Black. "This is not how you draw it up. There was a little September baseball in there, and you know how I feel about that. But given the opportunity, go for it."
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