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

the board.

”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

innings Saturday.

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

fashion.

The Phillies had several chances to do it in the extra

innings.

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

out.

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.