I’m not sure what else can be said.
Two and one third innings from David Herndon who was told it was his last day on the Major League Roster
Five shutout innings and 73 pitches from the much-maligned Danys Baez.
And then there was Wilson Valdez. As a second baseman, he was 3-6 with a walk, and he was a part of the great pick-off play to get Brandon Phillips at second.
With the win, the Phillies maintained their one game lead over the Florida Marlins in the NL East.
Then, as a pitcher, he got the reigning National League MVP, Joey Votto, and Mr. Clutch this series, Jay Bruce out in the top of the 19th inning to secure a win for the Phillies.
Charlie Manuel had never used a position player as a pitcher in his managerial career, and he hopes to never do it again. But, Valdez was good. His fast ball was in the upper 80s, and he even threw a breaking ball that hit Scott Rolen (another way to win over the remaining, raucous crowd at Citizens Bank Park).
The game ended at 1:19 a.m., and today’s matinee is scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. Clearly, Manuel will need a lot of innings from starter Cliff Lee. He will also have a fresh arm in the bullpen as Jose Contreras is expected to be activated from the disabled list this morning and replace Herndon.
Wilson Valdez, who has enjoyed a lot of support from the Phillies fans over the last two seasons because of his steady play filling in for Chase Utley, is even enjoying some national attention this morning. He was on the front page of MLB.com, and he is even trending on Twitter.
Wilson Valdez will play today even though Chase Utley will be back in the lineup for his third game in four days. Utley will be taking far more days off this year than he has throughout his career to ensure that he’s healthy in October. Valdez will be at third base giving Placido Polanco a day off.
Dane Sardinha will start behind the plate, and Michael Martinez will play shortstop for Jimmy Rollins, who will be out of the lineup after playing all 19 innings last night.
The lineup for the second game in less than 12 hours is:
1 – Martinez (SS)
2- Brown (RF)
3- Utley (2B) — His first start hitting in his normal third spot in the lineup
4- Howard (1B)
5- Ibanez (LF) — Thought he might get the day off due to his age, but he’s been hitting well in May.
6- Mayberry (CF)
7- Valdez (3B) — Not pitching today
8- Sardinha (C)
9- Lee (P) — Need a lot of innings from him today.