Beerleaguer: Wilson Valdez (shutout inning, retiring Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Carlos Fisher). Danys Baez (five shutout innings, one hit, 73 pitches). David Herndon (2 1-3 spotless innings). These were some of the unlikely pitching stars in the longest Phillies game since 1993, which ended after six hours and 12 minutes on a Raul Ibanez limp-off sacrifice fly. The Phillies received 12 courageous innings from their bullpen, including Baez's best performance as a Phillie. Even into his fifth frame, his bender locked knees. Not to be forgotten in the excitement: absolutely stunning defense in the extra sets by Jimmy Rollins at short and Ryan Howard scooping balls out of the dirt over at first. From the opposite side ... it's got to be one of the worst losses in Reds history. All those wasted opportunities, including an inning which included a HBP, BB, BB, BB and ended with no runs.
Call in the cavalry. They're back to work in less than 12 hours.