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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Phillies beat Dodgers in 16-inning game lasting nearly six hours [Daily News - Breen]

It was past 1 a.m. on Wednesday when Trevor Plouffe stood on the steps of the Phillies dugout and realized the Dodgers were turning to an infielder to pitch the 16th inning.

Plouffe, a 32-year-old journeyman who signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies in April to keep his career alive, asked manager Gabe Kapler whether he ever faced a position-player pitcher. Kapler told him he embarrassingly struck out nine years ago against Nick Swisher.

Perhaps that memory was enough for Plouffe to make sure he would not have a similar fate. He crushed Enrique Hernandez’s fifth pitch for a walk-off homer to right, and after 5 hours and 50 minutes, the Phillies finally had a 7-4 win.

You know how lots of position players have been pitching recently, and usually don’t get knocked around because they’re pitching in blowouts? That was not what happened when Kiké Hernandez started serving up meatballs in the 16th inning at 1 AM this morning.

Oh, and they play again at 12:35 this afternoon.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 25, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 57 comment(s)
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