Phillies lose longest game in team history

Phillies lose longest game in team history

August 25, 2013, 2:00 am
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At seven hours and six minutes, Saturday night's marathon with the Diamondbacks became the longest game in Phillies history. (AP)


While you were sleeping …

The Phillies lost a wild one to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the wee hours Sunday morning.

Arizona scored five two-out runs in the top of the 18th inning to beat the Phillies, 12-7, at Citizens Bank Park.

Adam Eaton’s two-out double off Casper Wells pushed home the go-ahead run. Wells started in right field for the Phillies, went 0 for 7 at the plate and took the loss in just his second major-league pitching appearance. Wells got the first two outs in the 18th before a costly two-out walk.

Wells, forced onto the mound after the Phils depleted their bullpen, ended up allowing five two-out runs before being relieved by infielder John McDonald.

The game started at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night and ended at 2:12 a.m. Sunday. The time of seven hours, six minutes is the longest in Phillies history. The teams combined to use 20 pitchers, tying a major-league record.

Arizona had 22 hits. The Phillies had 13.

The Phillies trailed 6-0 in the fifth inning but came back to tie the game at 7-7 with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Darin Ruf’s two-run homer with two outs in the eighth tied the game.

Tyler Cloyd, Sunday’s scheduled starter, was pressed into duty and threw five scoreless innings. As a result, Roy Halladay, who was originally scheduled to pitch for Double A Reading, will start the series finale for the Phillies on Sunday. He has not pitched in a major-league game since May 5.

Phillies starter Ethan Martin did not make it out of the first inning in his fifth big-league start.

Starting pitching report
Martin got two quick outs in the first inning before the floodgates opened. He walked Paul Goldschmidt after being up 0-2 in the count, then allowed a full-count homer to Martin Prado. Two walks and two singles later, Martin was out of the game. In all, he allowed three hits, three runs and three walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Martin has a 6.33 ERA in five starts.

Arizona right-hander Randall Delgado held the Phillies hitless for the first four innings. He went six innings and allowed just three hits, two on solo homers. He walked one and struck out six. Delgado left the game leading, 7-3.

Bullpen report
The night didn’t start off well for the Phillies’ bullpen, but Justin De Fratus, Cesar Jimenez and Jonathan Papelbon all pitched at least a scoreless inning. Jake Diekman pitched two scoreless innings. Cloyd pitched five scoreless innings and B.J. Rosenberg one.

Arizona’s Joe Thatcher and Heath Bell combined to allow four runs in the eighth as the Phillies tied the game.

Arizona’s Josh Collmenter struck out John Mayberry Jr. with the bases loaded to end the ninth and keep the game tied at 7-7.

The Diamondbacks were forced to use starter Trevor Cahill for four innings and he got the win.

At the plate
Carlos Ruiz had the Phillies’ first hit, a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth. Roger Bernadina had the Phils’ second, a solo homer in the sixth.

The Phils rallied to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Bernadina led off with a walk and went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ single. Rollins fouled off three 2-2 pitches. Chase Utley drove home the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly, Ruiz the second with a single and Ruf tied the game with a two-run home run.

The home run was Ruf’s 11th in 145 at-bats with the big club and ninth this month.

For Arizona, Goldschmidt reached base six times with two hits and four walks. He is an MVP candidate. Gerardo Parra had five hits and Eaton had four. Prado has 12 career home runs against the Phillies.

In the field
Rollins and Utley combined to turn three double plays up the middle, including a huge one to end the top of the 10th with the potential go-ahead run on third.

Arizona third baseman Martin Prado made a huge barehanded play on Cloyd’s slow roller with the bases loaded to end the 13th. Prado nipped Cloyd by a half-step to keep the game alive.

Health check
Domonic Brown left the game after the second inning with a sore right heel. Manager Ryne Sandberg said Brown has had soreness in the region of his Achilles tendon for a couple of days. He is day to day.

Minor matters
The Phillies are taking a look at top prospect Maikel Franco at first base (see story).

Up next
The Phils close out the homestand Sunday afternoon. Lefty Patrick Corbin (13-3, 2.45) pitches for Arizona and faces the returning Halladay.

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