December 6, 2013
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Sunday, August 25, 2013
It's been a long wait for those of us paying attention—and I realize that roll call may begin and end with me—but the wait is over. There has been another 18-inning game in the majors, the fifth 18-plus-inning game this season but the first in over two months. Last night, the Phillies came back from a 7-1 deficit to tie the Diamondbacks, 7-7, and take the game to extra innings.
A lot of extra innings.
It ended when freshly minted Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, his bullpen drained, sent outfielders Casper Wells and John McDonald to the mound in the 18th. Wells got the first two outs before he apparently remembered what position he really plays, which had a similar effect to Wile E. Coyote looking down and realizing he has just run off the edge of a cliff.
Arizona reeled off five hits and three walks (one intentional) to put up five runs in the inning, and they shut down Philadelphia in the bottom half to win, 12-7.
The game did set a couple of marks, but the one I'd hoped for won't be one of them. This was the fifth game of the season to go at least 18, and as I noted in a previous THT Live, five is nowhere near the record. The 1967 campaign had nine of them.
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