The Philadelphia Phillies had put together three straight walkoff wins under new manger Ryan Sandberg. As such, when the Phillies erased a 7-3 deficit in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 24, it looked like their newfound late magic was back at work. However, they had a depleted supply left by the time they got to the 18’th inning at 2 a.m. on Aug. 25.
The Diamondbacks took several extra hours to do it, but they finally beat the Phillies by 12-7 thanks to a five-run 18’th inning. They had to wait until Phillies’ outfielder Casper Wells took the mound to finally get lucky, but once they did, they made sure they wouldn’t blow it again.
Arizona should have wrapped the victory up well before midnight, considering their 7-3 lead with two innings to go. In fact, the Diamondbacks chased Phillies starter Ethan Martin after he only recorded two outs, yet they couldn’t get anything more than three runs in the first.
This came back to haunt Arizona when Philadelphia needed just four runs to tie the score in the eighth. Darin Ruf capped the comeback with a two-run homer, 10 innings before he made the final out of the game.
The Phillies could have won if pitcher Tyler Cloyd got a hit with the bases loaded in the 13’th, but he couldn’t -- then he was stranded after hitting a leadoff double in the 16’th. The Diamondbacks also failed to get in a runner from third in the 12’th and 13’th, yet put together five runs in the 18’th after their first two batters were retired.
If not for that string of two-out success, the Phillies and Diamondbacks might have kept playing until sunup. As it stood, the 7 hour, 6 minute contest was the longest in major league baseball in 24 years, since the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros played 7 hours and 14 minutes in June 1989.
The only history the Diamondbacks cared about was getting their 66’th win of the season, which kept them from losing any more ground in the playoff race. They’ve already been buried in the NL West and have faint hopes of catching the NL Central leaders for the wild card. Even with this win, the Diamondbacks and Phillies have less than 12 hours of rest before playing again at 1:35 p.m. est on Aug. 25.