Diamondbacks 12, Phillies 7

Rich Schultz

The D-backs had a 6-0 lead halfway through the game and at one point had a 98.6% win probability. Nearly 7 hours later, the D-backs walked away with the win after 18 innings.

The D-backs pounced early scoring 3 runs in the first inning and chasing Phillies starter Ethan Martin from the game after only 0.2 innings. Not often do you get to see the opposing pitcher pulled in the 1st inning with a pitcher due up to bat.

As the game wore on the Diamondbacks continued to roll along scoring a run in the 2nd and 3rd innings off of productive outs from Paul Goldschmidt and Cliff Pennington. It was a notable moment for Goldy as he became the franchise leader with 100+ RBIs as a 1B. Crazy to think that he still has 34 more games to pad that total.

Gerardo Parra added another run in the top of the 5th to give the D-backs a 6-0 lead as the Phillies struggled to get anything going offensively against Randall Delgado. Jinx! Carlos Ruiz gave the Phillies their first hit and their first run via a no-doubt-about-it homer to left field.

Both teams proceeded to prick at the score adding runs via sacrifice hits and wild pitches to bring the tally to 7-3 before the Joe Thatcher and Heath Bell show began. The two relievers quickly combined to surrender 1 BB, 3 hits, and 4 runs.

In typical 2013 form, the game went into extra innings. After watching at least one run score in nearly each of the first 8 innings, both teams suddenly struggled to put another run on the board. The game slowly snailed along, with failed opportunities from both squads, until Casper Wells was forced to pitch for Philadelphia. The end result was 5 runs in the top of the 18th inning and Arizona's 66th win of the season.

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