Huh?! What the hell just happened.? I think what happened was that I stayed up until 2:00 A.M. ON A SCHOOL NIGHT watching a baseball game last over five hours. The combination of terrible pitchers David Herndon and Danys Baez combined to throw seven (not a typo, I actually meant seven) and 1/3 innings of one-hit relief and a back up second baseman who had not pitched in a game in this country pitched the nineteenth inning. In said inning, Wilson Valdez retired last year’s MVP in Joey Votto, this season’s national league home run leader in Jay Bruce and the opposing pitcher to earn the first win by a position player since Rockies catcher Brent Mayne accomplished the feat in 2000.
In the top of the tenth inning, Jay Bruce continued to beat up on Phillies pitching by golfing an Antonio Bastardo fastball out to right field. Bruce finished the series as a newly minted person who kills the Phillies and earned the disdain of Citizen’s Bank Park. Ryan Howard decided that 10:00 was too early for all of us to turn in and crushed a Fansisco Cordero fastball over four hundred feet to send the game deep into the night.
This game was really fucking long. Both teams used every single one of their bullpen arms, luckily the Phillies got career best performances from Herndon and Baez. The Reds got a pretty impressive performance from rookie Carlos Fisher. Fisher obviously tired in the 19th inning allowing a Jimmy Rollins lead-off single, a walk to Domonic Brown, a sac bunt to Placido Polanco and after an intentional walk to Howard the game winning fly ball to Raul Ibanez.
This was a game of missed opportunities as both teams had what seemed like dozens of great chances to win the game. Apparently all you had to do was play until the nineteenth inning, let your second baseman pitch and wait for the other team’s pitcher gets tired. Hard to believe Harry.
On another note, when the hell did Coors decide that Ice Cube should sell us Coors Light? Remember this? I am confused. Burn Hollywood burn indeed.