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Phillies beat Reds in 19 as infielder Wilson Valdez earns victory

May 26, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

Wilson Valdez

Wilson Valdez threw a hitless 19th inning and became the first position player since Colorado’s Brent Mayne in 2000 to record a victory as the Phillies beat the Reds 5-4 in 19 innings Wednesday.

The game was the longest in the majors since the Mets edged the Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings on April 17, 2010.

The game was tied 3-3 after nine.  Jay Bruce homered in the top of the 10th, but Ryan Howard came back with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning, denying Francisco Cordero his 300th career save.

Vadez played 18 innings at second base and went 3-for-6 before moving to the mound.   The contest also featured Carlos Ruiz‘s second career appearance at third base and two very long relief appearances.

Valdez took over after Danys Baez, the last man in the Philadelphia pen, pitched five scoreless innings.  Reds reliever Carlos Fisher matched Baez, throwing five scoreless innings of his own before giving up a run in his sixth inning of work.  Fisher ended up throwing a whopping 95 pitches in relief.

Working the top of the 19th, Valdez gave up a long shot to center to Joey Votto to begin the inning, but it was hauled in by Manny Martinez.  He then hit Scott Rolen with a pitch before Jay Bruce flied out and Fisher popped out.

The game ended with Raul Ibanez‘s sac fly with one out in the bottom of the 19th.

No one had pulled off Valdez’s feat in 11 years.  Mayne was the last to do it, pitching a scoreless 12th inning as the Rockies beat the Braves 7-6 on Aug. 22, 2000.  Rockies manager Buddy Bell managed to run through nine pitchers in 11 innings in that one.

  1. macjacmccoy - May 26, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Just another reason why the Phillies are better then you.

  2. georgiagirlc4 - May 26, 2011 at 2:47 AM

    Oh look, an arrogant Phillies fan. No surprise there. It’s also no surprise that you don’t know the difference between then and than.

    • xmatt0926x - May 26, 2011 at 4:03 AM

      Relax georgiagirl. Take the pin out of your ass will you? It was a great win and a Phillies fan made a comment on a phillies post. Your lame response is the far bigger crime here. There were more “arrogant” Philly fans in attendance at 1 a.m. after 18 innings than you’ll see at 95% of the Braves games. You should be more concerned with that as your GM was last season when explaining why the Braves can’t compete financially with the Phillies. Is that arrogant enough for you?

    • kellyb9 - May 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM

      Well it was the first time since 1921 that a guy who started as a position player won the game as a pitcher. The guy in 1921 was Babe Ruth. So I think Phillies fans can be a little arrogant over this one.

  3. cup0pizza - May 26, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Phillies fans are dbags and morons!

    • Utley's Hair - May 26, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      And that would make you?

      But that’s a well formulated argument you have there. Troll.

    • mercyflush - May 26, 2011 at 10:33 PM

      hey there goes cup0pizza yet again posting on a phillies thread! the guy is obsessed with the Phillies!

  4. pkswally024 - May 26, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    Was at the game and it was glorious. Wilson Valdez… Really I mean. Even as a fan of baseball, the two scummers above have to admit it was a game for the ages.

    • Brian Murphy - May 26, 2011 at 5:13 AM

      So far in my life, I can only wish to attend such a baseball marathon.

  5. skerney - May 26, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    cup0pizza’s only reason for living is to show everyone that he can be the biggest troll.

  6. nocryinginbaseball07 - May 26, 2011 at 6:59 AM

    “Phillies fans are dbags and morons!”
    Really? And why is that? Because they’re happy when their team wins? Because SOME of them take shots at other teams? Because some get excited and write words incorrectly? Look! A Phillies fan who can write and spell! Cheap shots do not become you!

    • rebarratige - May 26, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      Don’t. Feed. The. Trolls.

  7. paperlions - May 26, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Being excited that your team won is no basis for making ignorant comments…, taking 19 innings to win a game at home in which you led for nearly all of regulation is NOT a good reason to cite for a team’s superiority.

    • delawarephilliesfan - May 26, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      What does “nearly all of regulation” have to do with anything?

      And for the record, the Phillies led for 6 of the 9 regular innings. Not sure that qualifies as “nearly all”, but then again, i’m not even sure what the term is supposed to mean (let alone what significance it has).

      That was an exciting win.

    • xmatt0926x - May 26, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      Paperlions, you constantly lecture philly fans on their behavior and the comments they make on these boards. What about your behavior? Is it any better? Why can we not find a Phillies related post where you aren’t coming in to make some bitter comment and taking cheap shots. What’s your obsession anyway? why does it bother you so much when there is a positive post about the phillies that you have to immediately jump in and start trouble? Please figure that out before lecturing phillies fans.

  8. paperlions - May 26, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    So….Ryan Madson, coming into a tied game, pitching a perfect inning, and taking only 11 pitches to do it….one would almost think that he didn’t need to come into a save situation in order to pitch well (which should surprise no one considering his 449 career appearances with a 3.69 ERA and only about 50 appearances in save situations….you know, if that person used the preponderance of evidence to form an opinion instead of a single event.

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM

      Paperbag, you couldn’t wait to write that one could ya!!! You are a GENIUS!!!!

      • paperlions - May 26, 2011 at 8:22 AM

        Just pointing out to you that you are wrong. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize opinions that are not supported by the data.

      • paperlions - May 26, 2011 at 8:25 AM

        Also, if Philly fans, as a group, would like to shake the reputation you have, you might want to engage in more civil discourse, reduce the name calling, and support your opinions with information instead of volume….and when you are wrong, just admit it and move on. Learning and changing opinion to fit the evidence are not personal weaknesses.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 26, 2011 at 8:33 AM

        That’s funny when most of the cheap shots are started by fans of other teams.

      • CJ - May 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM

        boooooooooooo, paperlions, you’re a moron.

        Sorry, couldn’t help it :)

  9. ILoveBaseball - May 26, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    I don’t get it. We have a classic 19 inning game and we’re talking about one another? Stop wasting my time.

    It looked like Valdez hurt himself when he threw the sidearm pitch and his velocity dropped from 89 to 85 – but he still got ’em out!

  10. nocryinginbaseball07 - May 26, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    Agreed. And calling an entire fan base morons also has no excuse. But that’s sports.

  11. sjhaack - May 26, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    He’s just a Rule 5’er, but it’s Michael Martinez. :)

    • Utley's Hair - May 26, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      I thought you were going to go with Rule 5er David Herndon there. Quite an outing for him last night…or, this morning…or both.

      Hey, Cliffy…ya gotta go nine today. Hey, Chase…Wilson needs a break today, so you’re in.

  12. kellyb9 - May 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    This game only further emphasizes that the Phillies need to get rid of JC Romero. The rest of their bullpen looked great.

    • Utley's Hair - May 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      If it wasn’t for Phillips pulling a Werth at second, the game would’ve been over a lot sooner, with JC on the hook for the loss.

  13. CJ - May 26, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Of all the strange things that happened last night (19 innings, Halladay going “only” 7, Ruiz at third, Valdez getting the win, Rollings getting 9 PA’s), I think the most crazy has to be Baez going 5 scoreless.

    He’s the guy they use as the antithesis of a closer. The “hey, this game’s getting out of hand, let’s just give this guy some innings and give our better guys the night off” or the “this games been going on for 13 innings already and we play tomorrow afternoon, just let him pitch so the Reds can put this thing to an end” guy.

  14. leftywildcat - May 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    It’s much more fun to see your favorite team win in the 19th with a 2nd baseman on the mound than it was to watch the team lose in 15 with a starting pitcher in left field, as happened last year.

    I’m not a fan of the DH because I think it takes a lot of strategy out of the game, and I wish the AL would drop it. But I also think that both leagues should allow a DH in any game once the game goes into extra innings. Let’s get these long games over.

  15. Eternal Optimist - May 26, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    We’ve missed the most important issue for a Phillie fan . . . did the beer concessions open up again after the 9th and close after the 16th?

  16. kaitplace - May 26, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    I was at the game…just amazing fun… so many fans stayed..

    we got to see a great pickoff play from jcromero that probably saved the game..
    ryan howard hit a tie the game homer off cordero …no he crushed a homer..

    Two piffling middle relievers had career games…there were no players left..the fans were wondering which players might pitch starting around the 17th inning..

    when valdez came in and his first pitch lit up the scoreboard at 89mph..the crowd ERUPTED…and immediately started chanting “Wilson.. Wilson”…..when Votto flied out it got even louder

    really special…i heard that last player to start a game at a position and get the win as a pitcher was BABE RUTH!!!!…just saying…that’s pretty cool…so hater’s hate away…it was great to be there as a phils fan last nite..these types of games are why people are baseball fans….

  17. gallaghedj311 - May 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Can’t people go bash the dodgers fans for what happened opening day? I guess being the most passionate and really loud brings the spotlight. Cue the booing Santa Claus comments…..

    • phillydano - May 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      But didnt you see the kid run on the field during the game yesterday? Those Philly fans, worst fans ever, running on the field and all, that doesnt happen anywhere else, ever… and didnt you ever hear how they even boo their own players, like Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez, even when they do something good…. 😉

  18. nocryinginbaseball07 - May 27, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    And I guess it was Phillies fans booing Chase Utley at the All-Star game, huh?

  19. nocryinginbaseball07 - May 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    And that’s not booing you hear with Carlos Ruiz. They’re chanting “Choooch!”, which I suppose could sound like booing to the uninformed. Wake up and smell the cheesesteaks!

  20. nocryinginbaseball07 - May 27, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Though I’m pretty sure you were being sarcastic, what with the Philly moniker and all, but so many haters do think like that!

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