Game 129 - Saturday Night, August 24th in Philadelphia
Record - 58-71, 4th Place, 19 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies managed to tie up this game in the eighth, only to eventually lose ten innings later in the 18th after reliever Casper Wells couldn't stop the Diamondbacks.
What It Means: It means I'm tired. I decided to stay up and watch this entire game, finally turning off the TV around 2:30 Sunday morning.
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- Starting pitcher Ethan Martin threw just 44 pitches in his outing, retiring only two batters before getting the hook in the first. He allowed three runs on three hits while walking three. Relievers Luis Garcia and Zach Miner gave up a pair of runs each to put the game pretty much out of reach for the Phils. Or so it seemed . . .
- Down 6-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Phillies crept back into the ballgame and eventually tied it at seven on Darin Ruf's two-run home run in the eighth.
- From the seventh through the 17th innings, the Phillies bullpen held the Diamondbacks scoreless. The scheduled starter for Sunday's game, Tyler Cloyd, entered in the 12th and pitched five scoreless innings. He also ripped a double to lead off the 16th, but the the Phils weren't able to get him home.
- With the bullpen used up and only starting pitchers left in the stable, interim manager Ryne Sandberg opted to use outfielder Wells to pitch the 18th. Wells retired the first two batters he faced, but then allowed a series of walks and hits to give the Diamondbacks the lead. Fellow position player John McDonald relieved Wells and recorded the final out of the inning, but only after the Diamondbacks had scored five runs.
- Wells had one of the worst single game performances in recent history. He went 0 for 7 at the plate with four strikeouts and allowed five runs in relief. That's a rough day at the ballyard.
- The time of game of 7:06 made this the longest game in franchise history.
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IronPigs Update #9
Former Phillie farmhand Tuffy Gosewisch spent 7 1/2 years toiling in the team's minor league system before being sold "for no compensation" to the Toronto Blue Jays last July. He finally made it to the big leagues with the Diamondbacks earlier this month. Gosewisch made two outs in the 18th inning, off non-pitchers Wells and McDonald. He's got to be the first person in history to accomplish that feat.
Memory Lane - Other Recent Lengthy/Wacky Phillies Games
August 24, 2010 - Astros 4, Phillies 2 (16 Innings) - Roy Oswalt plays left field.
May 25, 2011 - Phillies 5, Reds 4 (19 Innings) - Wilson Valdez earns the win in relief.