There are going to be a lot of tired Phils and Reds for this afternoon’s 1:05 game as both teams recover from a 19-inning marathon last night, which saw the Phils top the Reds, 5-4, in 19 innings. Raul Ibanez hit a walkoff bases-loaded sacrifice fly to decide the longest major league game of the season. The winning pitcher was none other than Wilson Valdez who started the game at second base and threw a hitless 19th inning in his first professional pitching appearance.
Valdez, who went 3-for-6 as the second baseman, became the first position player to earn a win since Colorado catcher Brent Mayne on Aug. 22, 2000, according to STATS LLC. Mayne went one inning in a 7-6 victory over Atlanta in 12 innings.
Valdez got Joey Votto on a long drive to center, then Valdez threw one pitch to the backstop and hit Scott Rolen (0-7 on the night). Next, he retired Jay Bruce on a fly ball and got Reds reliever Carlos Fisher (0-1) on a popup.
The Reds used seven pitchers, ending with Fisher who worked 5.2 innings and gave up one run and four hits, while the Phillies used nine pitchers, including Danys Baez who tossed one-hit ball over five scoreless innings.
Bruce homered in the 10th for the Reds and Ryan Howard tied it in the bottom half with a homer.
The Reds had 15 hits to Philadelphia’s 13.