A long night finally ends with a walk-off sac fly with the bases loaded, as the Phils defeat the Reds in 19 innings, 5-4.
A sacrifice fly by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the 19th inning, give the Phils a walk-off win as they defeat the Reds in a 19 innings marathon, 5-4, as Wilson Valdez becomes the first position player to win a game since 2000.
The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils then made it a 3-o lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled. The Reds got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1. The Phils tried to make it a 4-1 lead in the sixth as Raul Ibanez led-off the inning with a triple, just missing a home run as it hit the top of the fence. But, he would be left stranded there as Reds’ starter Travis Wood got Ruiz to pop out to Votto in foul territory for the first out, then struck out Mayberry, looking, for the inning’s second out. After Wilson Valdez is intentionally walked to put runners on the corners, Wood gets out of the inning by getting Roy Halladay to ground out, 5-3. That would come back to haunt the Phils, as the Reds would tie the ballgame up at three-all in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by pinch hitter Miguel Cairo and Stubbs, with Cairo stopping at second base, a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Phillips, sending Cairo to third and Stubbs to second base, and an intentional walk to Votto, and with two men out, Jay Bruce hits a two-run single, scoring Cairo and Stubbs, and sending Votto to second base. The Phils tried to win it in the ninth as they loaded the bases, via a single by Mayberry, who is then moved over to second base by a sac bunt by Valdez, 1-4, an intentional walk by pinch hitter Chase Utley, both runners then moving up a base on a Nick Masset wild pitch, and an intentional walk to Rollins, but would be denied as Masset would get pinch hitter Dom Brown to pop out to the catcher in foul territory for the inning’s second out and then get Placido Polanco to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Rollins at second base, to end the inning, sending the game into extra-innings. The Reds then took a 4-3 lead in the top of the tenth as Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in their half of the tenth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Reds tried to retake the lead in the eleventh as they loaded the bases via Phillips being hit by the pitch, Votto walking, sending Phillips to second base, where he is picked off by J.C. Romero, for the inning’s second out, before Scott Rolen is walked, sending Votto up to second base, and then a walk to Bruce, before David Herndon ended the inning by getting Ramon Hernandez to ground out, 1-3. The score would stay that way until the nineteenth inning, when, as the Phils used up their last position player, Dane Sardinha, as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighteenth, they had to reorganize their defense, as they put Sardinha behind the plate, placed Ruiz at third, and moved Polanco over to second base, before sending Valdez to the mound. Valdez started his first inning as a pitcher off by getting Votto to fly out to center for the first out. After hitting Rolen, he then got Bruce to fly out to center, before finally ending the inning by getting Carlos Fisher to pop out to Polanco. The Phils then began their half of the nineteenth with Rollins getting on base with a single. Brown followed with a walk, moving Rollins up to second base. Polanco then followed with a well executed sac bunt, sending Rollins to third, and Brown up to second base. Howard is then given an intentional walk to load up the base with only one out, bringing Ibanez to the plate. With both the Reds infield and outfield drawn in, Ibanez hits a long fly ball to center field which was caught for a sacrifice fly by Stubbs, allowing Rollins to score with the winning run, giving the Phils a 5-4, extra-innings, walk-off win.
Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out three. Ryan Madison pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Kyle Kendrick pitched two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, walking three batters. David Herndon pitched two and a third scoreless innings, before being sent back to Lehigh Valley to make room for the just activated Jose Contreras. Danys Beaz pitched five scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Wilson Valdez (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, hitting a batter. Travis Wood also received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. Jose Arredondo, Bill Bray and Nick Masset combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Masset) and two walks (Masset), while striking out one (Bray) between them. Francisco Cordero blew his second save opportunity of the year as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Carlos Fisher (0-1, 0.87) took the lost as he piched five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out four.
The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, RBI) all followed with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Triple, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits during a rather long game.
The Phils (30-19, 1st East) are presently concluding their four-game series with the Reds (26-24, 3rd Central), with a game in progress.