The 19 Inning Unsung Heroes

The 19 Inning Unsung Heroes

While Wilson Valdez's pitching performance stole the headlines and quickly jumped into the hearts of fans in attendance as the most memorable takeaway from the wild 19 inning victory on Thursday morning at Citizens Bank Park, so many guys contributed to the victory.

Raul Ibanez may have gotten the game-winner, but this was a team effort.

Without a doubt, one of the biggest keys to this game was the yeoman's effort put in by Danys Baez out of the bullpen. He threw 5 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, while upping his pitch count to a remarkable 73. Charlie Manuel joked after the game that he sure got the most out of him.

Ryan Howard hit a home run in the 10th to keep this thing going. Jimmy Rollins made sick defensive play after sick defensive play, showing off the cannon he still possesses.

Then there was Chooch. Not only did Carlos Ruiz catch two whole baseball games worth of pitches, but he also transitioned to third base once Wilson Valdez took over pitching duties. In one of the more hustle plays of the evening, Chooch went after a foul ball down the third base line like whether or not he caught it decided the fate of the entire world, not just a baseball game.

A remarkable hustle effort from Carlos Ruiz, just one memorable play in a game that had dozens of them.

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Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.