Wilson Valdez threw a hitless 19th inning and became the first position player since Colorado’s Brent Mayne in 2000 to record a victory as the Phillies beat the Reds 5-4 in 19 innings Wednesday.
The game was the longest in the majors since the Mets edged the Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings on April 17, 2010.
The game was tied 3-3 after nine. Jay Bruce homered in the top of the 10th, but Ryan Howard came back with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning, denying Francisco Cordero his 300th career save.
Vadez played 18 innings at second base and went 3-for-6 before moving to the mound. The contest also featured Carlos Ruiz’s second career appearance at third base and two very long relief appearances.
Valdez took over after Danys Baez, the last man in the Philadelphia pen, pitched five scoreless innings. Reds reliever Carlos Fisher matched Baez, throwing five scoreless innings of his own before giving up a run in his sixth inning of work. Fisher ended up throwing a whopping 95 pitches in relief.
Working the top of the 19th, Valdez gave up a long shot to center to Joey Votto to begin the inning, but it was hauled in by Manny Martinez. He then hit Scott Rolen with a pitch before Jay Bruce flied out and Fisher popped out.
The game ended with Raul Ibanez’s sac fly with one out in the bottom of the 19th.
No one had pulled off Valdez’s feat in 11 years. Mayne was the last to do it, pitching a scoreless 12th inning as the Rockies beat the Braves 7-6 on Aug. 22, 2000. Rockies manager Buddy Bell managed to run through nine pitchers in 11 innings in that one.