Strange But True Game
Happy New Year.
Before we close the book on 2013, congratulations to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark who authored an interesting and entertaining story, Strange But True feats from 2013. Jayson’s a master at these type of stories.
Here’s an excerpt from the story that was first posted on ESPN.com on the last day of last year. It relates to the Phillies. To totally appreciate Jayson’s work of art, you need to read the entire classic marathon story.
“In a season in which 12 games went 16 innings or longer, you’d have to look long and hard to find a nuttier baseball game than the 7-hour, 6-minute, 18-inning epic staged by the Diamondbacks and Phillies on Aug. 24 (the fourth-longest game, in time, in major league history). Among the Strangest But Truest developments:
“The well-traveled Casper Wells, capable of achieving what few people imagined was possible. He went 0-for-7 at the plate. And up gave five runs on the mound, in two-thirds of an inning. And even wound up as the losing “pitcher.”
“Strangest But Truest claims to fame? First, that he saw 42 pitches as a hitter — and threw 40 pitches as a pitcher. Second, as SI.com’s Joe Sheehan observed, he drove in one run all season — but gave up five in 10 minutes. And finally, as legendary ESPN Kernel collector Doug Kern reported, Wells became the first man to go 0-for-7 as a hitter and give up five runs as a pitcher in the same game since Chalmer (Lum) Harris did it on Sept. 14, 1942. Except Harris needed to twirl a 16-inning complete game to pull it off.
“Because Wells couldn’t even throw a complete inning, let alone a complete game, he also contributed to yet another historic event. The Phillies had to haul in infielder John McDonald to relieve him in the top of the 18th. So it made them the first team to pitch two position players in the same inning since David Martinez and Junior Noboa did it for the Expos on July 20, 1990.
“But that little plot twist didn’t work out so well for Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, who was creative enough to make outs against both Wells and McDonald in the same inning. The last known human to do that, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: Brian Milner, on June 26, 1978.
“Finally, here’s your Strange But True Fun With Numbers note of the day: The game started at 7:06 – and lasted for 7:06.”