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18-inning Marathon Results in Early Return For Doc


Roy Halladay, Image- Jay Floyd

Righty hurler Roy Halladay, who was slated to appear in another rehab outing for Double-A Reading on Sunday will return to the big league club instead, following a marathon of baseball Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

In Saturday night’s (Sunday morning’s?) 12-7 defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks, the Phillies sent nine pitchers and two position players to the mound to make it through the lengthy affair. Starter Ethan Martin could not escape the opening frame, as he allowed three hits, three walks and three earned runs. Over the 4 2/3 innings that followed, Luis Garcia and Zach Miner allowed a combined four earned runs. The remainder of the relief corps including Cesar Jimenez, Justin De Fratus, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman and B.J Rosenberg combined for 6 2/3 scoreless innings while Sunday’s originally scheduled starter Tyler Cloyd was called upon to toss five scoreless frames.

As the need to use Cloyd approached, the Phillies dugout got in touch with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to consult him on the possibility of having Halladay return to Philly, instead of taking the mound in Reading on Sunday. The GM obliged and Cloyd was used in relief to begin the 12th inning with no end in sight.

In Halladay’s most recent rehab effort on Tuesday, the 36-year-old, who has been out of action since May following shoulder surgery, allowed seven hits while striking out four and walking three in six innings for Class A Lakewood. He threw 90 pitches, 52 of which were strikes, in that effort and gave up two runs, although only one was earned.

In his nightly press conference Phils manager Ryne Sandberg confirmed that with the taxed bullpen, the team anticipated adding a rested relief pitcher to the mix on Sunday prior to the team’s 1:35 PM series finale against Arizona. Cloyd, who threw 91 pitches, and Rosenberg, who pitched three straight days, are the likely candidates to be demoted.

Out of arms, the Phillies resorted to using Casper Wells, who started the game in right field, to pitch the 18th inning. The right-hander yielded five runs after retiring the first two batters he faced. Utility man John McDonald was called upon to close out the inning.

Wells, who took the loss, registered 90-91 MPH regularly on the stadium radar gun, which is velocity that would be welcome for Halladay on Sunday, as he was mainly clocked at 87 MPH in Lakewood last week.

At seven hours and six minutes, Saturday’s game was the longest in Phillies history. The two clubs combined to use 20 pitchers, tying the big league record.

Bonus notes:

Darin Ruf slammed his ninth homer of the month on Saturday, which is tops in the National League for August.

Carlos Ruiz is 15-for-29 (.517 avg) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI in his last seven games.

Righty hurler J.C. Ramirez has a 0.00 ERA in seven outings (11 2/3 innings) since returning to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 25-year-old threw one inning on Saturday, his first outing since August 19th.



  1. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 25, 2013 at 6:58 am

    What a fantastic, exhilarating, and frustrating game! I don’t know specifics, but under Sandberg there is fire and life in the Phight’ins. I’m loving the increased number Of walks the past few stints and the working of deeper counts. What frustrates me is the team the Amaro left Cholly, Sandberg, and the fans. Kudos to them for even winning and fighting like they have been the past few games with guys like Mini, Old McDonald, etc. on the team with their under .200 averages! Ruben, you need to go! I dont know who would replace you you smug, classless fool, but anyone would be great. And When Mayberry fanned with them loaded, angered me so much! He really has been an extreme let down these past two seasons. He also needs to go in the offseason. Can’t wait to see Doc and how the team rebounds today. I loved the short hook on Martin – sends him a message. Sorry for the stream of conscienceness rant, but after watching that marathon my emotions poured out, most likely devoid of logic. : )

  2. Tracey

    August 25, 2013 at 7:23 am

    This is a whole new season. I wish it had started right after the All-Star Break, because then we might have a chance of getting the wild card. As it stands now, I think we have a slim chance of having a winning season.

    As recently as a week ago, if the Phils had a four-run lead, I was still worried that they were going to blow it. If they were down even one run late in the game, I was convinced that the game was over. Last night, when the Phils were down four runs early in the game, I still felt like the Phils could come back and win it. No, they didn’t win it last night, but they went from a 4-run deficit to a tie in the 8th inning, and then prevented the other team from scoring for another 9 innings.

    The Phils finally have the Phight back in them!

  3. Chuck A.

    August 25, 2013 at 8:19 am

    The Phillies would need to go 23-10 the rest of the way in order to go 81-81. I would say those are pretty slim chances of having a winning season (which would technically be 82-80, requiring a 24-9 finish). I don’t see that happening.

  4. hot dog

    August 25, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Watched till the end. Sandberg made the same move as chilly. Cloud leads off with a double instead of bunting he let’s chooch hit away. It was going to take two hits to score a slow cloud. Should have bunted. Very frustrating. Good news Phil only play one team(braves) with a winning record the rest of the way

  5. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

    At the end of it all, while you always play to win, and appreciate the exhiliration of Darin’s game tying shot, to some degree, it’s a fine example of be careful what you wish for. I mean what a mess BOTH pitching staffs are.

    Days are rare in basball history where teams should have been as patient as the Dbacks should be today against Doc. As if location and command aen’t challenges enough, there’s the issue of being economic with his throws today. 100 pitches over 7 innings might not even be good enough, although who wouldn’t take that? And as if pitching and the quick turn weren’t problematic enough, both clubs face the issue of if D Brown and A Hill can play today.

    Here’s the way the 2 pens have ’em off their individual number of pitches the last 3 days.

    Heath Bell (R) 17 26 0
    Trevor Cahill (R) 53 0 97
    Josh Collmenter (R) 60 0 0
    Eury De La Rosa (L) 4 6 16
    Will Harris (R) 15 0 13
    Chaz Roe (R) 18 0 0
    Joe Thatcher (L) 21 6 0
    Brad Ziegler (R) 38 0 0

    For the Phils…..

    Tyler Cloyd (R) 91 0 0
    Justin De Fratus (R) 31 0 0
    Jake Diekman (L) 27 0 0
    Luis Garcia (R) 47 0 0
    Cesar Jimenez (L) 25 0 12
    Zach Miner (R) 43 0 18
    Jonathan Papelbon (R) 15 16 0
    B.J. Rosenberg (R) 20 11 15

  6. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    16 pitches, 10 strikes, 1 swing and miss on a curveball.

    Never had shoulder surgery. If I did, after 3.5 months, I figure I could do the following…

    1/ make a bed

    2/ sign my name

    3/ slap a good high 5

    4/ watch Doc pitch

  7. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Certainly didn’t expect a 3 (so far) run barrage off Corbin, pluys, he’ll finish the inning over 20 pitches. Very nice surprise, and still roiling.

  8. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Not that we’re overreacting to Doc’s results today, as in very little reaction this early, but in what’s been about as good as expected, still only 1 swing and miss through 2.

    Nice to have a lead though. Be fun to get him a W.

  9. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    What a f$&king catch by Bernadina to save a homerun! I’m loving the way the Phight’ins are playing since Ryne took over. Doc is really giving his all today. Keep it up boys. Go phillies!

  10. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    The Bernadina catch was maybe not as outstanding as reaction seemed, but largely because he made it look a lot easier than it probably was. Played it terrifically from the start. He’s got a good arm, too.

    Wonder whereDoc goes in his next 50pitches. Typical Doc is to take it higher. Thatd’s be sweet.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      August 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Albeit I was very excited, buy with the tremendous outfield gaffes we have had this season, it made me happy!

      • Ken Bland

        August 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        should be. It was theway he made it look easier than it was that made it exciting. Great jump on it, perfect route, it was an exciting play, and a great one, just made to look a little less great thana homer take away can look.

  11. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    That’s called a vintage inning by Doc. I mean, he was good. I bet Cliff and Cole are enjoying the hell out of watching him compete. Now if he can just keep it going, relative to where he’s at in his coming back, but that was rock solid.

  12. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    More vintage, and on track to go 7. And wait til Ryno gets stared down when he says that’s enough.

  13. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Doc still has work to do, but unfortunately, I could easily see a pattern fill out to where his method of exit will be getting yanked for a pinch hitter.

    It’d be awesome for his exit to be where the crowd can show their appreciation for his valiant effort today.

    7 in a row, as we head to the 6th, with each inning looking a little better than the last one. More thana maximum pleasure to witness this sucker.

  14. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I was shocked Goldschmuidt took 2-0 like there was no way he had a green light. HUGE out.

  15. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Have to remember the 82 pitches are probably very stressful ones, too. The guy has to apply max concentration, and all that.

    Just an excellent effort, if by chance that’s it.

    Who the hellk cares about iof they re-sign him. It has like nothing to do with what he did today. That’s a larger picture evaluation than the 24 hours assigned to August 25 allows for in the way of intelligent, relavant discussion. But so many yahoos will take that rouyte. Soooo besides the point.

    • G7

      August 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      With you Ken..shoulder surgery just a fewonths ago. Amazing..what a competitor!

      • Ken Bland

        August 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        I know nothing about surgeries, but from what I read, it wasn’t a deep surgery, and I actually thought he’d be pitching sooner, but believe me, I haven’t lost sight of it being a short time. I mean, we’re talking about a shoulder.

        One thing for sure, he’s in the rotation the rest of the way, and it’s painful to watch himstruggle, but what a complete joy to watch him compete. He’s got a lot of Mike Jordan in him. Or maybe Mike’s got a lot of Doc in him.

  16. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Chase Utley, you are the Man!

  17. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Couldn’t have asked for a better outing from a 36 year old pitcher who had massive shoulder surgery three months ago- Kudos, Doc!

    • Ken Bland

      August 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      source on the word “massive”?

  18. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I;’d pinch hit Revere here. Against what has to be an exhausted armed Heath Bell, he’d have his best shot ever at his 1st MLB dinger ever. Even on 1 foot,

    Did NOT expect to see Heath today. Lotsa credit for trying, but I expect he’s just shot.

  19. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Phils just released this statement….

    Dear Phillies Fan,

    My apologies for no comeback win today. I thought my team was boring yous with it, so we played a different tune.

    Thank you for your support this week.

    I am,

    Ryne Sandberg
    Hall of Famer

    P.s. Come root us on in The Apple this week.

  20. G7

    August 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Bernadina pick up paying early dividends!

  21. DavidE

    August 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Maybe he is worth a shot just based on defense. It’s nice that he is hitting okay.

  22. Mike

    August 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    It can never be easy with this bullpen…

    • G7

      August 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Word. Hey guys there’s jobs available for next year..would be a good idea to get somebody out.

  23. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    The 9th will be curious, assuming we stay at 4 runs separation..

    3 or less, they’d use Papelbon a 3rd straight, but up 4, I wonder who gets the call.

    Tough to guess because the price of taking Jake out for tomorrow’s pretty expensivem but you do have to live for today.

    But, Jake’s warming up, and I doubt he’s just getting hois work in.

    See how fast he gets it after 2 innings last night. If he can even control his pitches off last night.

    • Ken Bland

      August 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Shadows creeping in at the plate would make Jake even harder to hit. Maybe offset a little would be fatigue.

      • G7

        August 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        Is Diekman still hitting 98 on the gun?

  24. Mike

    August 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Excellent outing for Roy, well done. Feels likes seeing a completely new team these past few series

  25. DavidE

    August 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Velocity isn’t the big concern for the Phillies bullpen. They have a lot of guys who can really throw hard. Diekman has really been sharp lately and has been throwing strikes.

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