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Ain’t Baseball Great?

After a game like last night, all one can do is bask in the uniqueness and charm of this great game. One reason I love this game so much is that once in a while, not often but occasionally, you get to witness and be a part of something that’s never happened before, and may never happen again.

Last night at Citizens Bank Park, a lot of things happened that never happened before in an 18 inning, seven hour marathon of a game that will go down in the annals of Phillies history.

The Phils were coming off three consecutive walk of wins, something that had not occurred since 2010. They would have many chances to walk this oen off.

Starter Ethan Martin got two outs in the top of the first before walking first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and allowing a two run home run to third baseman Martin Prado.

With the score 2-0, Martin then walked Aaron Hill and allowed a single to Gerrardo Parra. Wil Nieves then stepped in and singled to center field to plate Hill and make it 3-0 Arizona.

After walking the eight hole hitter Cliff Pennington, Ryne Sandberg pulled Martin in favor of Luis Garcia. Martin lasted just 2/3 of an inning, allowing three runs, three hits and also walked three in the inning. All of this coming with two outs keep in mind.

The Diamondbacks would score again in the second and third innings to make it 5-0 after three innings. Martin’s early exit put his team in a bind, as they would use every available relief pitcher before the night was out, as well as two position players.

But I digress.

Arizona would score again in the top of the fifth to make it 6-0, but Carlos Ruiz got the Phils on the board in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run. The Dbacks would get that run back in the top of the sixth, making it 7-1.

Newcomer Roger Bernadina, who started in center, led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run of his town to make it 7-2. Jimmy Rollins then doubled to right field, and advanced to third on a ground out by Chase Utley.

With John Mayberry, Jr. at the dish, Randall Delgado uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Rollins to score from third, making it 7-3 Dbacks. Cutting the deficit to four got people thinking walk off again.

Bernadina led off the eighth inning with a walk, and advanced to third on a single by Rollins. Utley followed with a sacrifice fly to deep left field to cut the lead to 7-4, with Rollins reaching second on the throw from left fielder Adam Eaton.

After a Mayberry strike out, Ruiz singled just past shortstop Didi Gregorius to left field and scored Rollins to make it 7-5. The next batter was Darin Ruf, and as fate would have it, he crushed the ball over the left field fence for a game tying two run homer.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning, but with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Mayberry struck out again, and the game went to extra innings.

Little did the teams know they had nine more innings ahead of them.

Fast forward to the top of the eighteenth inning. By that point, every Phillies reliever had been used, including today’s scheduled starter Tyler Cloyd. Keep in mind the bullpen was thrown into action early with Martin’s early exit.

Cloyd pitched five shutout innings and even led off an inning with a double, but the Phils failed to score.

Sandberg tapped outfielder Casper Wells to start the inning with no other pitchers available. Wells took the collar on the night, going 0-7 with four strikeouts and a walk. He managed to get the first two men out, before walking Tony Campana. Eaton then roped a double to deep centerfield that brought Campana all the way home from first.

After an intentional walk to Goldschmidt, Prado stepped up and singled to right field, bringing Eaton home and making it 9-7 Arizona. Wells would allow another run before Sandberg moved him back in the field and put John Mcdonald on the hill.

He would allow three more runs to make it 12-7, and that is how it ended. No walk off magic this time.

Casper Wells’ final line was 0-7, four strikeouts, a walk, 2/3 IP, three walks, three hits allowed and five earned runs.

The teams combined to leave 41 men on base, and tied a major league record with 20 pitchers used in total. In the 18th inning, Arizona catcher and former Phils farmhand Tuffy Gosewisch made two outs against two different pitchers who were both position players.

The Phillies were without a hit until the fourth inning and the Diamondbacks batted around twice on the night.

It should be noted as well that left fielder Domonic Brown left this game early with a right heel issue. No word on the seriousness of it.

With today’s starter used up in the marathon, the Phillies decided to start Roy Halladay this afternoon instead of making his scheduled rehab start at Reading.

The Phillies will look to take the series with Doc on the mound and a lot of tired players behind him.

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