Thursday, May 26, 2011

One For the Books

It was a remarkable game to say the least. It was clearly a contest that players, fans and media alike will be talking about with fondness for years to come...

"Remember how Rollins kept making all those great plays on defense?"

"Remember how terrific Baez was in out of the 'pen?"

"Oh man...and how about Valdez PITCHING?!"

The list of facts and stats pertaining to this game goes on and on...

Wilson Valdez (who notched 3 hits and a walk) is the first MLB position player to win a game since Brent Mayne did it in 2000 for the Rockies.

Also, Valdez is the first MLB player to start the game at a position other than pitcher and earn the win since Babe Ruth did it in 1921.

It was the longest game in the history of Citizens Bank Park.

It was the Phils' longest game since they played 20 innings in 1993.

Charlie Manuel was previously on record saying that he would not use a position player to pitch.

Phillies relievers threw 12 innings.

Starting catcher Carlos Ruiz manned third base.

Here is a link to the box score.

Manager Charlie Manuel was in a chipper mood and spoke with the media after the game. Audio of that press conference can be heard in the media player below.


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