The Philadelphia Phillies just defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 19 innings.
I watched and kept score of the whole game. The game took six hours, eleven minutes to play.
The Reds actually took the lead in the top of the 10th on a Jay Bruce solo homerun. But Ryan Howard answered back with a solo homer to straight away center in the bottom of the 10th.
The game remained tied for another nine innings. The Phillies used all their available pitchers. So second baseman Wilson Valdez volunteered to pitch despite having never pitched professionally. He threw a scoreless inning in the top of 19th inducing two fly balls and an infield pop up with a hit batsmen thrown in the mix.
Poor Carlos Fisher. He pitched five and two thirds innings of great relief. But someone had to lose. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 19th, Raul Ibanez hit a sacrifice fly off Fisher to score the winning run. Valdez ended up being credited with the win. I can guarantee you that when Roy Halladay took the mound at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday evening no one thought Wilson Valdez would be the winning pitcher. He is the first position player to win a big league game since catcher Brent Mayne did so with the Colorado Rockies against the Atlanta Braves in 2000. And yes, I saw that game on TV too.
I was actually hoping the game would go 20 innings because this is the second 19 inning game I’ve watched on TV from start to finish. Back in 2000, I saw the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in 19 innings. Mike Cameron homered off Jeff Fassero on the first pitch of the bottom of the 19th. Cameron, of course, is now a member of the Red Sox.
As for the Reds and Phillies, they have another game to play in less than 12 hours.
And now I must sleep.