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2011 Moments: #1 Baez, Valdez unlikely relief heroes for Phils

Wilson Valdez pitches to Jay Bruce in the 19th inning of the Phils 5-4 win over Cincy. (Photo by John Russo)

The beautiful thing about sports is that you’re never going to know what to expect.

As a player, coach or fan, the game is built on mostly skill. But factored into that equation is a thing called luck. Like it or not, the luck factors into the bizarre and the bizarre factors into the shock value.

For the sold out attendance at Citizens Bank Park on May 25, it was just another game against the Cincinatti Reds. To the few thousand on their feet in the 19th inning nearly five hours later, it was something they will most likely never witness as baseball fans again.

No one is ever lucky enough to witness a 19-inning game — the term luck is used, not for the five hours of baseball that included a 7th and 14th inning stretch, but for how the game ended.

Put aside the fact that the game went 19 innings. Instead, look at the two heroes of that game, heroes in ways they thought unimaginable to fans, and even to those two players themselves.

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Lidge returns; Baez gets axed

Brad Lidge is back in red pinstripes. And it came at the cost of Danys Baez.

Lidge, who had been battling elbow and shoulder problems this off season before getting surgery to repair the problems, has worked his way up to being ready, pitching very impressively the past couple days heading up to his return.

Baez was 2-4 with a 6.25 ERA in 29 appearances this season. He went 5-8 with a 5.81 ERA in 80 games over the past two seasons for the Phillies.

Matt Gelb, who has turned into one of my favorite writers ever the past year, hit the nail on the head once again. I wonder how many more idiots will attack him for this tweet. – you know, the same idiots who attacked him for “jinxing” one of our aces’ no-no in the 6th.

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Hairston’s five RBIs fuel Mets

Mets RF Scott Hairston doubles in the 3rd inning, driving in two runs off Cole Hamels. He finished the day with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

For one brief moment, Cole Hamels, one of the three big All-Star arms for the Phils, came crashing back to earth.

The left-hander, whose fall from grace was a rarity all season, got roughed up by the New York Mets for seven runs en route to the 11-2 loss suffered in Queens on Saturday afternoon.

It was the first start, since Hamels was roughed up by the same team in the 4th game of the season – his first start for six runs – in which he allowed more than four runs. He lasted only 4 1/3, allowing seven runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out three.

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Stanton’s walk-off foils sweep bid for Phils

Phils outfielder John Mayberry celebrates with third base coach Juan Samuel after hitting one of his two homers Wednesday night. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Dear Joe B, Roy O, Jose C, Ryan M and Brad L,

Please get better soon. We can’t take any more of seeing guys like David Herndon and Andrew Carpenter in games for the Phils.

Even Danys Baez isn’t immune from our pleas. Leaving a pitch in Mike Stanton’s wheel house, Baez became the third Phillies reliever to aid Florida in a comeback win over the Phils. Stanton hit a ball that’s still traveling with two outs in the bottom of the 10th as the Marlins won 7-6 in walk-off fashion.

Before Baez got tacked with the losing decision, Herndon coughed up a two-run homer to Logan Morrison in the 6th to make it a 6-5 game and Carpenter gave up the game-tying RBI single to Hanley Ramirez in the 7th.

The poor pitching performance wasted a career night for John Mayberry, who was freed today. Mayberry homered twice and drove in three runs in the loss.

2B: Utley (7), Ibanez (18). HR: Mayberry 2 (5), Rollins (8).

WP: Mujica (6-2). LP: Baez (2-4).


Phils waste gem by Hamels

The Pirates Jose Tabata celebrates after his single won the game for the Pirates in the 12th. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cole Hamels did it all. He pitched eight fantastic innings and even out-hit the Pirates while he was in the line up.

But as to no surprise, that was not enough. The Phillies fielded their full line up for the first time all season but managed one run, losing 2-1 in 12 innings to the Pirates.

Hamels allowed a run on one hits and three walks while striking out four. He also went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

But that was all wasted when the Phillies managed one run on six hits, stranding seven on base and going 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

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You will never see this again

Wilson Valdez faces Scott Rolen in the top of the 19th inning. (Photo by John Russo)

Last year I told my father that I would never witness anything like we just did again.

That conversation came on the drive home from the Phils 16-inning loss to the Houston Astros last August. Ryan Howard almost killed an ump, Roy Oswalt played left field and Raul Ibanez played first.

Boy was I wrong.

Last night’s 19-inning, 5-4 win over Cincinnati was more than just a marathon. It was the most bizarre game I had ever attended.

The winning pitcher on the night should have been Danys Baez for his five innings of one-hit ball. But instead, that decision went to Wilson Valdez.

No, you didn’t read that wrong. After Charlie Manuel was done torturing Baez’s throwing arm, he pinch-hit his last bench guy, Dane Sardinha, for his last reliever.

In a move that looked like something straight out of Little League, Sardinha put on the catcher’s equipment while the infield cycled. Carlos Ruiz, who had caught the previous 18 innings and deserves a breather in today’s game, trotted out to third base. Placido Polanco rotated to second and Valdez jogged out to the hill and began to warm up. Read more of this post

He Val-does it all!

2B Wilson Valdez pitches to Jay Bruce in the 19th inning of the Phils 5-4 win over Cincy. (Photo by John Russo)

The game went 19 innings. Wilson Valdez and Danys Baez look like heroes.

Write a script better than this one. I dare you.

In a game that seemed as though it would never end, Raul Ibanez sent Phillies fans home happy.

With the bases loaded with one out in the 19th inning, Ibanez connected on a game-winning sacrifice fly off Reds reliever Carlos Fisher to give the Phillies a 5-4 win.

This was the longest Phillies game in nearly 20 years. Now let’s figure out how we arrived at this climatic conclusion.

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a single and Ben Francisco hammered a line-drive home run to left field to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead.

The Phillies struck again in the second inning when John Mayberry Jr. singled to center field to bring home Carlos Ruiz to extend the lead to 3-0. Mayberry was two-for-four in the game and possibly the Phillies’ best hitter. Read more of this post

Giambi hits three HRs to top Phils

TTB’s own Chris Bengel covered the Philadelphia Phillies game tonight against the Colorado Rockies as a member of the media. Bengel has interned with the Gloucester County Times the past year and was in the press box tonight along with GCT staff writer Bill Evans. The rights to this story belong to GCT and

PHILADELPHIA — Through all the Phillies’ offensive struggles lately, the pitching has been the only constant.

But on Thursday, the Phillies fell apart in several facets when starting pitcher Joe Blanton was scratched with soreness and inflammation in his right elbow, and Colorado’s Jason Giambi hit three home runs accounting for all the Rockies’ runs in a 7-1 victory over the Phillies.

Kyle Kendrick got the last-minute start in Blanton’s absence, but allowed two towering home runs to the 40-year old Giambi. The first baseman, in the lineup to spell Todd Helton, connected for a three-run shot in the first and two-run homer in the third.

“I didn’t do my job,” said Kendrick, who was removed after the third. “I wanted to go at least five and I didn’t help out the bullpen tonight.

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Berkman walks-off Phils

Lance Berkman slides into home safely, avoiding Dane Sardinha's lazy tag in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The end was inevitable as it unfolded before our eyes.

Danys Baez loaded the bases and got one out in the bottom of the 9th before being replaced by J.C. Romero. But with Lance Berkman’s RBI single, the Cards pulled off the two-game sweep with a 2-1 win.

The loss extended the Phillies’ losing streak to four games. In their 16 losses this season, they have scored three or fewer runs in 14 games.

There were a lot of encouraging signs for Roy Oswalt, who made his first start since April 26. He was on a strict leash, getting yanked after five innings and 76 pitches. He allowed only one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out three.

Oswalt only drew four swinging-and-miss strikes. But I think that was more of a testament on location and movement rather than velocity, the big concern heading into the game. His fastball was hitting 92-94 MPH, an encouraging sign. Read more of this post

Werth, Nats got Vance’d

Phillies starter Vance Worley is going to make it hard for the team to send him down once Joe Blanton is back up. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Vance Worley, who looks like he could be straight out of “Major League” as Wild Thing Rick Vaughn, made quick work of the Nationals.

Worley, making his second start in place of the injured Joe Blanton, pitched six innings, scattering a run and four hits while striking out seven in the Phillies 7-4 win.

Worley painted the corners all night, striking out Adam LaRoche twice looking on the inside corner and lead off Danny Espinosa.

In Jayson Werth’s first at-bat, he was greeted with loud cheers. But Worley was greeted with even louder cheers when he struck out Werth with his fastball to end the first. Read more of this post