It could have lasted all night, in fact the game pretty well did. Six hours and 11 minutes after the game started, and a combined 28 hits later, the Phillies emerged from this game against the Reds with their 30th win of the year by a score of 5-4 in a 19 inning marathon.
Roy Halladay started this game and went 7.0 innings, in what did not appear to be a normal Halladay start, as he game up 11 H and 3 R on 6 SO during the game. After Halladay was pulled, the Phillies went through just about every relief pitcher available for the game in extra innings.
Wilson Valdez, yes that Wilson, ended up with his first win of the season as the Phillies sent up 8 pitchers to the mound before going to Valdez. The Phillies had a total of 65 AB (at bats) during the game, and the Reds had 70.
Jay Bruce of the Reds was quoted after the game, "It's definitely the strangest game I've ever been a part of," Bruce said. "All that effort and time and you lose. It's tough."
I doubt either team will have batting practice today, as the Phils and the Reds wrap up their 4 game series today at 1:05 PM for a Businessperson’s Special game at Citizen’s Bank Park. They probably won’t see a 19 inning game like 45,706 that paid to get in last night did, but that’s the beauty part of baseball, is that you never know what will happen during a game, and it’s not controlled by time.
It’s Cliff Lee on the mound for the Phillies, looking to build from his last start.