Cincinnati at Philadelphia

Final 19th
W: W. Valdez (1-0) L: C. Fisher (0-1)
HR: CIN - J. Bruce (13)   PHI - B. Francisco (6),R. Howard (11)

Phils edge Reds in 19 innings; INF Valdez earns victory wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Joey Votto. Scott Rolen. Jay Bruce. The heart of the Reds order was primed to finally this win this one in the 19th inning.

Only one problem: The journeyman infielder making his first professional appearance on the mound.

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Wilson Valdez shifted over from second base and wound up as the winning pitcher early Thursday when the Philadelphia Phillies needed 19 innings to outlast Cincinnati 5-4.

A dwindling crowd at Citizens Bank Park saw Raul Ibanez hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to decide the longest major league game of the season. It ended at 1:19 a.m. after 6 hours, 11 minutes.

Not much time for rest, either. The teams were set to play again Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

"It's about as strange as they come," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Phillies fans stood and chanted "Let's go, Wilson!" when the 33-year-old Valdez took over, and responded by throwing a hitless inning.

The first batter he faced was Votto, and the reigning NL MVP flied out to deep center field.

Valdez acted like a seasoned closer.

He hit 90 mph on a fastball to Votto. He even shook off catcher Dane Sardinha. And he showed no fear.

"If he hits a home run, they're not going to say anything to me," said Valdez, laughing.

Valdez (1-0) became the first position player to become a winning pitcher since Colorado catcher Brent Mayne on Aug. 22, 2000, STATS LLC said. Mayne went one inning in a 7-6 victory over Atlanta in 12 innings.

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard put his mitt over his face to hide his smile when Valdez shook off his catcher.

"I was like, 'What is he going to throw? What does he have?"' Howard said. "It was funny, but he got it done."

Some fans, young and old, already were asleep in the stands as the game played on. But plenty of the die-hards who stuck around made it a lively atmosphere, especially when Valdez took over as Philadelphia's ninth pitcher.

Valdez threw one pitch to the backstop and hit Rolen. But the Phillies' newest right-hander then retired Bruce on a fly ball and got down Reds reliever Carlos Fisher (0-1) on a popup.

"If it's anything like how he throws balls to me, it's going to be nasty up there," Howard said. "He throws a lot of sinkers."

Valdez still had shaving cream nestled in his beard and dripping off his ear in the locker room.

Fisher, the Reds' seventh pitcher, worked 5 2-3 innings and gave up one run and four hits. The Phillies used 21 players overall, the Reds used 20.

"Fisher gave us all he had," Baker said. "He finally ran out of gas."

Fisher finally wore down when Jimmy Rollins singled to open the 19th, Domonic Brown walked and Placido Polanco sacrificed. Thousands of fans derisively chanted "Fisher! Fisher!" before he intentionally Howard to load the bases. Ibanez was 1 for 8 during the night when he hit a fly to deep center to win it.

"The fans were great to get on him like that," Howard said. "We couldn't have done it without them."

The Reds used seven pitchers and the Phillies nine. The Reds had 15 hits; Philadelphia 13.

Some of the boxscore numbers were rough. Reds third baseman Scott Rolen was 0 for 7 and Phillies infielder Placido Polanco was 1 for 8.

Bruce hit a home run in the top of the 10th for the Reds, then Howard went deep and tied it in the bottom half. They ended up playing the longest game in the eight-season history of the ballpark.

By time, the Reds and Phillies still had a long way to go to match the latest-ending game in the big leagues this year. It was 2:45 a.m. at Fenway Park when the Los Angeles Angels beat Boston in the 13th inning of a rain-delayed game earlier this month.

Roy Halladay and the Phillies led 3-0 before the Reds rallied in the seventh.

The Phillies still had a couple innings left to match the longest game in team history: a 2-1 loss to Chicago in 21 innings on July 17, 1918.

The Reds lost to San Francisco 1-0 in 21 innings on Sept. 1, 1967, in the longest game in their history.

Phillies reliever Danys Baez threw 73 pitches and tossed one-hit ball over five scoreless innings. He led off the 16th using a bat that hardly looked game used, drawing chuckles from Phillies star Shane Victorino and manager Charlie Manuel in the dugout.

Baez was confused. He grabbed the wrong helmet and forgot to stick pine tar on the bat.

"My arm feels good now," Baez said. "I don't know about tomorrow."

Today is tomorrow.

"Well, in six hours."

The Phillies squandered a chance to win it in the 18th when Valdez was stranded on second after a two-out double. Fisher retired Michael Martinez on a liner to left.

Bruce hit a shot off Antonio Bastardo over the scoreboard into the front row of the right-field seats for his 13th homer of the year to put the Reds ahead in the 10th.

Bruce hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the ninth to lead the Reds to a 6-3 win on Tuesday. He hit a three-run homer against the Phillies on Monday to give him nine RBIs in the series.

It was no consolation.

"It's definitely the strangest I've ever been a part of," Bruce said. "All that effort and time and you lose. It's tough."

Howard tagged Francisco Cordero for his 11th home run to make it 4-4.

The starting pitchers were an afterthought when the game ended.

Reds starter Travis Wood and Halladay didn't come close to matching their classic duel last July 10 at Citizens Bank Park. Wood was perfect until Carlos Ruiz spoiled history in the ninth with a leadoff double. Halladay tossed nine scoreless innings in that one and both pitchers got a no-decision when the Phillies won 1-0 in 11 innings.

Ben Francisco hit a two-run homer for the NL East leaders in the first inning. Ruiz doubled in the second and scored on John Mayberry Jr.'s single.

Drew Stubbs singled, stole second and scored on Votto's single in the fifth to make it 3-1. Bruce hit a two-run single in the seventh.


  • The Phillies should decide Thursday if RHP Jose Contreras is ready to come off the disabled list. Contreras has five saves and hasn't allowed a run this season.
  • Phillies RHP Joe Blanton visited renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured elbow. Blanton will start a throwing program in three to four weeks.
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Phillies fans salute Wilson Valdez after his scoreless 19th, then explode minutes later when he becomes the winning pitcher.  (AP)
Phillies fans salute Wilson Valdez after his scoreless 19th, then explode minutes later when he becomes the winning pitcher. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Bruce
AB 8
R 1
H 3
HR 1

D. Baez
IP 5.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 1
K 3

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   d- Chris Heisey, PH-LF4010122 .266
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HR - Jay Bruce (13, Bastardo)
SH - Brandon Phillips (3)
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E - Francisco Cordero (1, Throwing)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 7-9, Jose Arredondo 1-2, Nick Masset 3-1, Francisco Cordero 2-2, Logan Ondrusek 3-1, Carlos Fisher 5-8
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 27, Jose Arredondo 3, Bill Bray 2, Nick Masset 7, Francisco Cordero 8, Logan Ondrusek 6, Carlos Fisher 24
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SH - Placido Polanco (1), Wilson Valdez (4), Roy Halladay (5)
RBI - Ben Francisco 2 (23), Ryan Howard (37), Raul Ibanez (22), John Mayberry Jr. (11)
Team LOB - 16
E - Wilson Valdez (2, Missed catch of throw)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 11-4, David Herndon 5-2, Danys Baez 7-5
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 33, Michael Stutes 4, Ryan Madson 3, Antonio Bastardo 4, Kyle Kendrick 3, J.C. Romero 3, David Herndon 7, Danys Baez 17, Wilson Valdez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45706
Game Time - 6:11
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Brian Gorman