It was probably somewhere in some field in Philadelphia in 1883, the Philadelphia Phillies played their first Major League game. Apologies, they were called the Philadelphia Quakers at the time. That year they finished 17-81 on the season. They had a grand total of three home runs that year. They also had a pitcher named John Coleman, go 12-48 with a 4.87 ERA that year. That’s a lovely stat.
We all know that Phils have been around for long time, but never in their history have they had four straight walk-off wins. Let me rephrase that, they have never had five walk-off wins within a week either. Could the Phils actually make that type of history? Nah, but they had their chances.
Ethan Martin can’t get out of first inning, Domonic Brown hurts himself swinging, and the Phils are down 7-1. What a great night at ballpark. Of course it got better, Phils eventually tied it up in the eighth inning with a two-run blast from Darin Ruf. That is where the scoring stopped for about four hours. The Phils did make history though; it was the longest game in their history — seven hours and six minutes. The game ended around 2:15 am. So they made history, just not the history we where looking for.
The Phils had plenty of chances to end it, but just couldn’t get that final run across home plate. Tyler Cloyd, who was supposed to take the ball for the Phils in today’s game, entered the game in 12th inning and threw five innings of shutout ball. Enter Casper Wells …
Wells, who heard his name being chanted just an inning prior (17th inning) by Phils fans in a desperate plea to end the game, took the hill for the Phils. The outfielder actually got the first two hitters out, and then it unfolded for him. Adam Eaton’s two-out double against Wells in the 18th inning, gave the Arizona Diamondbacks the lead for good. Wells was eventually relieved by infielder John McDonald. So for Wells, he went 0-7 from the dish, gave up five runs, and was the losing pitcher. Ouch … what a wild night down at Citizens Bank.
Guess who will take the hill for the Phils now? It will be the return of Roy”Doc” Halladay (2-4 with 8.67 ERA). He is returning from shoulder surgery, that he had less than 3 1/2 months ago. Doc’s fastball has only been topping out at 87 mph during his rehab. He will be opposed by Patrick Corbin (13-3, 2.45 ERA). Corbin went the distance in his last start, earning his 13th victory of the season Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds.