On Tuesday, it took the Phillies and Astros five hours and five minutes to play 15 innings and score a total of three runs. They only played nine innings in Wednesday night’s encore, and the Phillies wrapped up their 10-3 win in a merciful two hours and 45 minutes.
It was the first time the Phillies (51-63) have won back-to-back series at home all season. You are probably not surprised.
Including Tuesday’s marathon, the Phillies lead the majors in innings played at 1,041.
Starting pitching report
David Buchanan went 6 1/3 innings and threw 102 pitches (68 for strikes) in the win. He gave up nine hits and three earned runs. He didn’t allow a walk, and he struck out five.
Brad Peacock got smacked early and often. The Astros' pitcher gave up five runs in the first inning and three runs in the fourth. It was not a good evening for him, but because of the marathon game the two teams played on Tuesday evening, Houston kept him in after it got out of hand (because why not?). Peacock threw 92 pitches over five innings, allowing seven hits, eight earned runs and four walks. He had four strikeouts, gave up a home run and threw a wild pitch.
Don’t look at that line too long. It will almost certainly short-circuit one or both of your eyes.
Jake Diekman, who threw 30 pitches on Tuesday, pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed no runs. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning. And Cesar Jimenez pitched a scoreless ninth.
Darin Downs pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Houston. Mike Foltynewicz threw two innings and gave up two runs.
At the plate
The Phillies scored more runs in the first inning (five) than they mustered in their previous four games combined (four). The Phillies had 12 hits. Three Phillies scored two runs, and seven scored at least one run.
Buchanan got his first major-league hit and RBI. Ben Revere had four hits. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley each had two hits. One of Utley’s hits was a three-run homer in the fourth inning. It was Utley’s 10th home run this season.
The Phillies host the Astros in the final game of their series on Thursday at 7:05 pm. Right-hander Roberto Hernandez (6-8, 3.87 ERA) will throw for the Phillies. Houston is scheduled to go with righty Collin McHugh (4-9, 3.32).