Amid the breaking news that Osama Bin Laden has been killed, the Phillies and Mets have played 13 innings have baseball. 37 players have taken the field thus far. Cliff Lee and Chris Young started for the NL East rivals, each going 7 strong innings. They'll both be rewarded with a no-decision, because with the Mets up 1-0 in the 8th, Ryan Howard slapped a single the opposite way off LOOGY Tim Byrdak, who he was previously 1-12 before this hit that plated John Mayberry for the tying run.â†µ
Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Ryan Madson, Danys Baez, and Kyle Kendrick have combined for six scoreless innings of 3-hit baseball. The only Phillie to have more than one hit is starting catcher Brian Schneider, who exited earlier in favor of current catcher Dane Sardinha. Raul Ibanez is the only other starter not currently in the game. Ross Gload and the injured Carlos Ruiz are the only position players remaining for the Phils. Roy Halladay could come in and bat, and David Herndon figures to be the next pitcher if this game goes any longer. With an off-day tomorrow, the pen will get a bit of a breather after a long night like this.â†µ
The Mets threatened in the 14th off Kendrick. David Wright started off with a base hit and a Jason Bay blooper moved him to second. When Ike Davis sent Shane Victorino to the warning track on a fly out, Wright moved to third, bringing up former Phillie Ronny Paulino. And like all former Phils, Paulino (who already had 4 hits on the night) made them pay. Kendrick threw a first pitch fastball right in Ronny's wheelhouse that he laced into left field for a double. Paulino had just one at-bat this season before tonight. Three innings of one-run baseball isn't bad by any means, but pitches like those are why Kendrick shouldn't be a major league pitcher.â†µ
Down one, the Phillies have Pete Orr, pinch hitter Cole Hamels, and John Mayberry coming up. The Phanatic is reportedly exhausted. UPDATE: They lost.