Phillies Win Unbelievable 19 Inning Marathon

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, May 26, 2011 02:13 AM | Comments: 5

Richie Ashburn Award: W. Valdez/D. Baez

When Roy Halladay starts a game, you do not expect nineteen innings, six hours and eleven minutes of pure madness.  This was one for the ages, and one we may never see again.  If you thought last year’s 16 inning game was nuts, this was nothing like it.  I don’t think anything can get more insane than having Wilson Valdez as the winning pitcher.

It seems like days ago when we found out that Ben Francisco would bat second.  Francisco silenced all critics with a two-run bomb in the first inning.  John Mayberry added an RBI single an inning later to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead.

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Halladay didn’t have his best stuff, but he wiggled out of jams.  He gave up 11 hits — all singles — over seven innings.  The most costly came in the seventh inning when Jay Bruce singled past Valdez, tying the game at three.  It wouldn’t be the last time Bruce would strike.

Michael Stutes and Ryan Madson’s efforts in relief seem to be long lost, as they will be overlooked by the craziness of this game, but it should be noted that they each pitched scoreless innings, which were very big at the time.  Also overshadowed will be the defense of Jimmy Rollins, who made several key web gems.

The Phillies had a golden opportunity to score in the ninth inning.  They had plenty of chances all night, but the Phillies had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth, and failed to score.  Domonic Brown hit a mile high pop up and Placido Polanco grounded out to end the threat.  The failed opportunity took the game into extra innings, which turned into the length of a whole other game.

Bruce continued his Phillie killing taking Antonio Bastardo deep in the ninth.  The home run marked Bruce’s ninth run batted in of the series.  The way the Phillies offense has been going, the game seemed to be over, but Ryan Howard brought everybody back to life with a game tying solo shot.

A whole book could be written about the eleventh inning.  In the top half, J.C Romero relieved Kyle Kendrick.  With Brandon Phillips already at first, Romero walked Joey Votto.  Romero got lucky and caught Phillips dancing a little too far off second base.  The pick off play was huge, especially since Romero went on to walk Scott Rolen and Bruce.  Romero was then lifted for David Herndon, who escaped the jam.  Herdon pitched a sold 2.1 scoreless innings in relief.

In the mean time, the Phillies failed to score.  They only had one man left in the bullpen: Danys Baez. Usually Baez causes a lot of worries when he pitches, but there was an exception on Wednesday (Thursday?).  He pitched incredibly.  He ate five scoreless innings, only allowing two base runners.  He was definitely the game’s hero.  Not enough can be said about his performance.

That brings us to the 19th inning.  By this time, Baez was gassed, and the Phillies had no relievers left.  So Valdez got the call, moving Carlos Ruiz to third base and Placido Polanco to second.  What a job Valdez did.  He topped 90 mph on the radar gun.  He even shook off catcher Dave Sardinha!  Not only did he get out of the inning, he got out reigning NL MVP Votto and Bruce, who had been giving the Phillies trouble all series.  Three pop outs ended the inning without any damage.

When Valdez walked off the mound and headed toward the dugout, the players showed the most life they had all night.  Perhaps it was what they needed to spark the offense.

It was after 1:15 a.m and there was still a decent crowd who chanted “Fischer!” mocking the tiring pitcher.  Rollins led off the inning with a single and was followed by a Brown walk. Polanco got the job done in moving Rollins to third, and Raul Ibanez, who was just 1-for-7 on the night, stepped to the plate.  He scorched a fly ball to center field, and the rest is history.  Rollins came on in to score as the team celebrated their hard earned victory.

The 5-4 win marked the longest game ever at Citizens Bank Park.  If you like crazy stats, this was certainly a game for you.  Valdez became the first position player to earn a win since 2000.  It was the longest game the Phillies played since their 20 innings marathon on July 7, 1993 against the Dodgers.  No doubt it was a wild one.  A game like this may never happen again.  It was certainly a privilege to watch.

Injury updates: During the broadcast of Wednesday’s game, we found out that Joe Blanton saw Dr. James Andrews and surgery is not needed.  Blanton will start a throwing program in 3-4 weeks, so he will be out a while.  Also, Ross Gload will play through a small tear in his hip.


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  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Wow… just, wow…

    Admittedly, I fell asleep in the 12th. I had to be at work early this morning and didn’t get a chance to watch SportsCenter or any highlights and the first sign I had that the game was an old guy mention “Valdez” in a confused voice at the Wawa. So when I got back to the office and came on here, I understood the old man’s disbelief. Wilson Valdez? Of course, I had to check the highlights because seeing is believing… now that I’ve seen the highlights, I’m still not convinced that this actually happened. Wilson Valdez? Did he really hit 90 MPH on the gun? Did he really get through the meat of the Reds order? Are you sure it wasn’t some back up slobs or first/third base coaches? I mean, it coundn’t have been Votto, Bruce Rolen… Wilson Valdez?

    What a game. Well boys, grab a cat nap – back on the field at 1 PM today for a BP special.

  • Posts: 0 Everybody Loves Chooch

    Bruce hit the bomb off Bastardo in the 10th, not the 9th. :)

    Re: the game…god, I went to sleep when JC started being JC. I had a brief flash of hope when he picked off Brandon Phillips, but man, I couldn’t take it. I had to get up at 5:30 for work.

    My heart wishes I’d stayed up to watch WILSON get the win, but my sanity is kind of glad I opted for the sleep.

  • Posts: 161 therookie300

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    That should help Wilson Valdez’s WAR, xFIP, ERA+, etc………..

  • Posts: 1038 betasigmadeltashag

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    I know I am very late and no one will probaly read this but I just want to say a few things. First for Madson, it was great to see him bounce back after his first bad outing, I think it was pretty importent for him to do well for his mental game.
    Second the favorite whipping boys on here Baez and Raul did pretty good jobs. I know Raul was only 1 for six but a big sac fly for him. ANd Baez onyl went four innings no runs and I think one walk and two hits. Not bad for a guy who can not do the job in pressure situations.
    And as much as I want to Dom Brown to be superstar in this league, and think he will be good, he really needs to work on major league pitch recongnition and work on shortening his swing. I know it seems like I do not like the kid, but I do and I think he will eventually be a major league hitter. But I really think he needs to work on a few things.And now watch him go 3-4 with a HR and five RBIs.
    HAve to love Wilson’s 85 mph no run inning to win the game you have to love this game

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