Wilson Valdez got the win in a game Roy Halladay started. Let’s put that in perspective, it’s proper context, if you will.
The last player to start a game in the field and get the win as a pitcher was Babe Ruth, in 1921. That marks the first and last time you will ever hear Wilson Valdez mentioned in the same context as George Herman Ruth.
In case you fell asleep, or have, like, a real job, the Phillies ran out of pitchers in the 19th inning, after five scoreless innings from Danys Baez. You read that right.
With one out in the 11th, Charlie Manuel removed Kyle Kendrick, who had only faced three batters and would have been the Phils’ long man, in favor of J.C. Romero. Romero promptly walked three batters in one-third of an inning. That forced Manuel to bring in David Herndon, who made a nice play to get out of a bases loaded jam. He pitched through the 13th, before handing the ball off to Baez.
Baez threw a career-high 74 pitches during his five scoreless innings, but by the time the game reached the 19th, it was clear that he was no longer an option.
Placido Polanco took Valdez’s spot at second, Carlos Ruiz moved to third, and Dane Sardinha came in to catch. First up was Joey Votto, perhaps the best player in the league. He fouled a 1-0 pitch down the left field line, where Chooch dove onto the tarp, coming up just a few feet short of making an amazing play.
There are no words:
Three pitches later, Valdez shook off Sardinha and threw Votto a 3-1 fastball. Votto flied it to deep center field… into the glove of Michael Martinez.
Videos and more photos are after the jump.
Valdez then hit Scott Rolen (well played) with a curveball, before getting both Jay Bruce and pitcher Carlos Fisher to fly out. Stud.
Raul Ibanez walked it off with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 19th.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, are videos of Valdez pitching, his post-game interview with Sarge, and Charlie’s press conference.