Phillies fall short in 18 innings against D-backs
Casper Wells never expected to be warming up in the bullpen in
the wee hours of the morning.
However, the Phillies’ outfielder was forced into pitching
duties against the Diamondbacks in a record-setting, marathon game
that ended when Arizona scored five runs off Wells in the 18th
inning and beat Philadelphia 12-7 Saturday night.
The teams combined to use 20 pitchers in a contest that ended at
2:12 a.m. and took 7 hours, 6 minutes – setting a mark for length
of game for both teams. It was the longest game by time since the
Dodgers and Astros played eight minutes longer on June 3, 1989,
according to STATS.
”It was quite a night, surreal is probably a good word for the
whole night in general,” said Wells, who went 0 for 7. ”I was
just trying to throw strikes. I used to pitch when I was younger. I
was trying to compete. I took it serious.”
The 18 innings also matched the longest game in Diamondbacks
history in terms of innings, though the Phillies fell short of the
21-inning club record set in 1918. The teams combined for 137
at-bats, 35 hits, 32 strikeouts and 28 walks. Both teams used 22 of
their available 25 players, with only three starting pitchers for
each going unused.
”It’s something I’ve never done before, and probably never will
do again,” Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf said. ”You never know
what you’re going to see in the game of baseball.”
The Phillies began the 18th with Wells (0-1) on the mound.
”When position players start to pitch, it gets a different
feel,” Ruf said. ”But you still try to win.”
Arizona’s Cliff Pennington, who had five walks, added: ”When
Casper went in, I thought, `This is crazy.”’
After retiring the first two batters, Wells walked Tony Campana
to start Arizona’s five-run inning. With Campana running, Eaton
lined a double to left-center to put Arizona in front 8-7.
After Wells intentionally walked Paul Goldschmidt, Martin Prado
drove in Eaton with a single to right to give the Diamondbacks a
two-run advantage. Gerardo Parra broke the game open with a two-run
single that spelled the end for Wells, who was replaced by another
position player, infielder John McDonald.
Wells threw a fastball that reached 91 mph and said he threw two
change-ups. But he didn’t have enough to keep the Diamondbacks off
”I definitely felt pretty good, but they’re major league
hitters,” Wells said. ”If I had a deeper arsenal, maybe I
could’ve kept them off balance a little bit.”
The Phillies couldn’t score in the bottom of the frame off
Trevor Cahill (5-10), who pitched four scoreless innings in his
first career relief appearance.
Asked if he could’ve continued, Cahill said, ”I sure hope so,
but I’m glad I didn’t have to find out.”
The series finale will be played Sunday less than 12 hours after
Ruf lined out for the final out.
The Phillies will use right-hander Roy Halladay in Sunday’s 1:35
p.m. game. Halladay (2-4, 8.65) will be making his first start
since May 5 due to shoulder surgery. He was scheduled to make a
minor-league rehab start Sunday, but will fill in for Tyler Cloyd,
who was scheduled to start but was used as a reliever for five
Prado homered and drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks, who
snapped a three-game losing streak. Parra went 5 for 9 with three
RBIs and Easton had four hits and drove in two runs.
Roger Bernadina, Ruf and Carlos Ruiz homered for Philadelphia,
which was vying for its fourth straight victory in walkoff
The Phillies had several chances to do it in the extra
Cloyd, who pitched five scoreless innings of relief, led off the
16th with a double, just his second career hit in 23 at-bats. But
the Phillies couldn’t advance him. In the 14th, Ruf doubled with
one out and went to third on a fielder’s choice, but Michael Young
grounded out with a chance to win it. In the 13th, Cloyd grounded
out to strand the bases loaded.
Arizona also had its chances after regulation.
The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with two outs in the 12th, but
Prado popped out, and Tuffy Gosewisch flew out in the 13th with
runners on first and third.
It looked as if it was going to be an easy victory for Arizona
before Philadelphia rallied for four runs in the eighth. Ruf
highlighted the inning, continuing his hot streak by homering in
his third straight game and ninth time in August with a two-run
shot that tied it at 7.
The Phillies threatened in the ninth off Josh Collmenter when
Young walked and went to second on a wild pitch with two outs.
Collmenter then walked Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley to load the
bases for John Mayberry Jr., but Collmenter struck Mayberry
The Diamondbacks chased Phillies right-hander Ethan Martin in
the first inning with three runs on three hits, highlighted by
Prado’s two-run homer. Martin hadn’t pitched shorter than 4 1-3
innings in any of his previous four major-league starts, but he was
lifted with the bases loaded and two outs in the first after
allowing three runs on three hits and three walks.
Arizona tacked on a run in both the second and third innings and
another in the fifth on Parra’s RBI single to jump out to a 6-0
advantage. Ruiz homered leading off the bottom of the inning to
break up the no-hit bid of Randall Delgado, who allowed three runs
on three hits in six innings.
NOTES: The Phillies’ previous record for longest game was 6:15,
set on July 2, 2004 versus Baltimore. Arizona’s mark of 5:53 came
on May 29, 2001 at San Francisco. … Phillies OF Domonic Brown
left after playing the field in the second inning with right heel
soreness. … Left-hander Patrick Corbin (13-3, 2.45) will start
for Arizona against Halladay on Sunday.