Outfielder Casper Wells makes second relief appearance, takes loss in 18-inning marathon

Mark Townsend

With all other options exhausted as their marathon game entered the 18th inning — already the longest game time wise in both Arizona Diamondbacks and Citizens Bank Park history — new Philadelphia Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg had no little choice but to turn the game over to a position player. Luckily for him, he had one with some recent big league experience waiting in the wings in Casper Wells, who earlier this season made a very successful appearance for the Chicago White Sox.

It's a decision no major league manager wants to make, but Sandberg had to figure Wells would at least enter Sunday morning's appearance with some confidence in his ability to get outs. I mean after all, he did hit 93 mph on the gun in Chicago and struck out Asdrubal Cabrera with a filthy breaking ball. That confidence probably built up even more as Wells quickly retired Cliff Pennington and Tuffy Gosewisch to begin his second outing.

Then it all went away. Quickly, and emphatically.

It all started with a walk to Tony Campana. Adam Eaton — no, not the former Phillies pitcher by the same name — immediately followed with the breakthrough hit, scoring Campana from first on a double. It then spiraled from there. After an intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt, Martin Prado singled home a run. Then another walk, and another RBI single from Gerardo Parra.

And then Ryne Sandberg brought the hook, sending Wells back to the outfield, and called on utility-man John McDonald to finish the inning. The first batter he faced? Opposing pitcher Trevor Cahill, a starter by trade who ended up working four scoreless in relief and earned the victory. He singled in Arizona's final two runs as they finished off the 12-7 victory.

Among the interesting notes and tidbits to come from this wild game:

• Arizona starter Randall Delgado carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Carlos Ruiz broke it up with a solo home run.

• Philadelphia rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to tie the game and eventually send it to extras. Another run wouldn't be scored for 10 innings.

• That is absolute fact. In 93 plate appearance with three different teams, Wells has only knocked in one run this season.

• Hero Adam Eaton was 4 for 10, finishing a home run shy of the cycle.

• Tony Campana and Cliff Pennington were a combined 1 for 9, but walked five times each.

• Philadelphia's scheduled starter on Sunday, Tyler Cloyd, pitched five scoreless innings of relief and added a double leading off the 16th. He would stay there stranded.

• Carlos Ruiz caught all 18 innings for the Phillies.

• Time of game: Seven hours, six minutes. That's officially the longest in both teams history.

• The teams will meet again on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 pm ET, exactly 11 hours after this game concluded.

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