On May 25, the Phillies and Cincinnati Reds were tied 3-3 going into extra innings.
After trading one run each in the tenth, both teams’ bats seemingly went to sleep.
The Phillies exhausted their bullpen as they held the Reds scoreless from the eleventh inning all the way to the nineteenth.
In the bottom half of the inning Raul Ibanez delivered a sacrifice fly and a Phillies win.
While this game could be considered remarkable for its sheer length, there was a bigger story in play.
Utility man Wilson Valdez earned the win on the mound! Valdez pitched a perfect top half of the nineteenth and was the pitcher of record when the Phillies were finally able to end the game.
Nobody ever thought that Wilson Valdez would be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary Babe Ruth, but it is an honor he earned that night.
Valdez and Ruth are the only two players in baseball history to start a game in the field and then record the win on the pitcher’s mound.