Marathon day ends in victory for the Phillies
Two games, nearly four hours, each and throw in a 41-minute rain delay in the first and plenty of extra innings and it made for wild and long day at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies and Chicago White Sox played 24 innings, with both teams scoring six runs in a day/night/morning doubleheader split.
The White Sox won the first game 5-4 in 11 innings while the Phillies came back to take the nightcap, 2-1 in 13 innings.
Both games were exactly 3 hours and 53 minutes.
So much was the same and there was something else similar.
“I wouldn’t call that real good baseball,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
This wasn’t the best of days, nights and mornings for the Phillies.
In the first game Ben Revere fouled a pitch off his right foot and broke it. He stayed in the game and ended up grounding into a game-ending double play.
The Phillies said Revere will be evaluated by a specialist on Monday.
Revere’s replacement in the second gamem John Mayberry Jr., hit a solo home run to tie it in the seventh inning.
In the 11th, Domonic Brown threw out White Sox first baseman Jeff Keppinger at the plate while attempting to score on a two-out single by Tyler Flowers.
In the 12th, with runners on first and third Phillies third baseman Michael Young made a diving stab and then threw Jeff Keppinger out for the final out.
During the bottom of the inning, White Sox rightfielder Casper Wells made a diving catch in foul territory of a Delmon Young popup. In making the catch he slid into the leg of second baseman Gordon Beckham. After walking it off, Beckham stayed in the game.
He was eventually replaced in the 13th inning by Josh Phegley, who is normally a catcher and told the White Sox writers it was his first time playing second since his sophomore year in high school. Beckham departed with a left quad contusion.
Finally the Phillies won it in the 13th.
Humberto Quintero opened with a walk against losing pitcher Simon Castro. Jimmy Rollins then hit a fielder’s choice and was sacrificed to second by pitcher Joe Savery. Rollins scored on Michael Young’s single to right, just beating the throw home from Wells.
“We are all pretty exhausted on a long day and at this point we need wins any way we can get them so it was important to get the second one,” Young said.
“I was getting pretty dizzy out there and I’m happy to get a win any way we can get it,” said Young, who was 4 for 10 with an RBI and run scored in the two games. “Jimmy did a great job running the bases at the end.”
Most of all, the Phillies had the attitude that if they had to stay that long, they might as well get a W.
“Exactly,” said winning pitcher Joe Savery. “This was a knock-down, drag-out day and I’m glad it’s over.”
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