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Your Obligatory Picture of Casper Wells on the Mound in the Longest Game in Phillies History

Aug 25, 2013, 3:34 AM EDT

source: AP

This, upon review, is quite clearly a picture of John McDonald in relief of Casper Wells. Welcome to 4 a.m. Blame the AP.

Appropriately enough, the ghost of Wilson Valdez was named Casper.

Casper Wells pitched 2/3 of the 18th inning in what was the longest game — by time — in Phillies history, a 12-7, 18-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

Your relevant numbers from CBS Sports:

The teams combined to use 20 pitchers in a contest that ended at 2:12 a.m. and took 7 hours, 6 minutes — setting a mark for length of game for both teams. It was the longest game by time since the Dodgers and Astros played eight minutes longer on June 3, 1989.

The 18 innings also matched the longest game in Diamondbacks history in terms of innings, though the Phillies fell short of the 21-inning club record set in 1918. The teams combined for 137 at-bats, 35 hits, 32 strikeouts and 28 walks. Both teams used 22 of their available 25 players, with only three starting pitchers for each going unused.

Not mentioned above is the 712 combined pitches thrown, nor the 52 pitches D’Backs leadoff man Tony Campana saw by himself, en route to a 1-for-5 outing with five walks.

Further worth mention is the fact that starting pitched Ethan Martin went 2/3 of an inning Saturday night before an outfielder, Wells, went 2/3 of an inning Sunday morning — in the same game.

Ryne Sandberg’s first words after the game announced that Roy Halladay will start Sunday’s series finale after the Phillies burned Sunday’s original starter, Tyler Cloyd, when he tossed five shutout innings in extras. Halladay, who was scheduled to start for Double A Reading, will now appear in his first major-league game since May 5. Sandberg admitted after the game that he really didn’t know who was available in the pen tomorrow, except that they’ll probably be adding a long man before the game.

The Phillies have exactly 11 hours and 23 minutes between the end of Saturday’s game and Doc’s first pitch.

On Halladay:

On Wells:

  1. Hitter - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    He’s saying how easy it is to hit a fastball, but he sure as he’ll can’t hit any. Sandberg lost huge points as a credible manager by trotting out an 0.050 hitter not once but three times with runners in scoring position with a chance to end the game. Bad judgement on many levels.

    • faeridream - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      “Both teams used 22 of their available 25 players, with only 3 starting pitchers for each going unused” – did u miss that part? The bad judgement wasn’t on the part of Sandberg – that credit goes to Amaro for SIGNING the .050 hitter in the first place! Just like Charlie, now Sandberg is going to be blamed for the lack of talent he’s been given to work with? When will they realize the problem isn’t with the managers – they need to look just a little higher up in the organization to find the guilty party.

  2. ofeydofey - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    who else was he going to throw out there

    • Hitter - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Kratz and Young. Young to 1st, Ruf to OF for Wells, Kratz for Ruiz. Game over in the 9th or 10th if you make that move.

  3. BenE. - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Too bad you used a photo of John McDonald on the mound for this, haha.

    • Nick Menta - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Blame the AP

    • Nick Menta - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      +1 though


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