Worth the wait as longest 9-inning game in Phillies' history produces 1st-place tie

Worth the wait as longest 9-inning game in Phillies' history produces 1st-place tie


PITTSBURGH — The Phillies played over some sloppy defense early in the game en route to their fifth straight win on Friday night.

They also made some history.

They beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 17-5, to improve to 11 games over .500. The win moved the Phillies into a first-place tie with Atlanta in the National League East.

The game took an interminable four hours, 30 minutes to play. That tied the National League record for longest nine-inning game, set June 24, 2016, by the Rockies and Diamondbacks.

Previously, the longest nine-inning Phillies game was four hours, 13 minutes set three years to the day earlier in a game at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies pounded out 18 hits and walked 10 times. Five of those walks became runs. They were 9 for 20 with runners in scoring position. Odubel Herrera and Andrew Knapp both hit three-run homers. The Phillies’ bullpen gave up just two runs in 6 1/3 innings after starter Nick Pivetta exited early.

Big nights were had all around.

Cesar Hernandez was on base all night. He had three hits and scored three runs.

Rhys Hoskins had two singles, walked twice, drove in a run and scored three.

Herrera had four RBIs.

Carlos Santana drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a two-run double.

Further down in the order, Scott Kingery had four hits and an RBI and Maikel Franco had a two-run double early in the game.

The Phillies are 5-0 against the Pirates this season.

Pivetta lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up three runs. He did not pitch well, but the case could be made that he should not have given up a run.

Centerfielder Herrera, sans sunglasses, lost a catchable ball in the sun with two outs in the first inning. It went for a double, setting the table for an RBI hit by Colin Moran.

In the fourth, the Pirates scored two more runs against Pivetta after a third strike wild pitch that probably could have been blocked by catcher Knapp and a failed turn of a double play by Kingery and Franco.

The Pirates’ fourth run probably would not have happened if an infield shift did not backfire on the Phillies. Josh Bell stroked a leadoff hit through the second base area but Hernandez had no play because he was shifted behind the bag. Bell hustled his way to a double and scored on a hit by Starling Marte.

The defense wasn’t all bad. Rightfielder Nick Williams cut down a run at the plate in the first inning and third baseman Jesmuel Valentin, who double-switched into the game in the fifth, cut down the potential tying run with a nice play in the fifth.

Then the Phillies' offense went crazy and the game turned into a blowout.

A very long one at that (see story).

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Scott Boras lays out reasons why MLB players shouldn't give owners a 'bailout'

Scott Boras lays out reasons why MLB players shouldn't give owners a 'bailout'

In an e-mail to his clients obtained by The Associated Press, agent Scott Boras urged his players (which includes Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and other Phillies) to reject MLB's salary reduction proposal, citing debt financing as the reason franchises are facing financial issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

Boras wrote this:

"Remember, games cannot be played without you. Players should not agree to further pay cuts to bail out the owners. Let owners take some of their record revenues and profits from the past several years and pay you the prorated salaries you agreed to accept or let them borrow against the asset values they created from the use of those profits players generated.

"Owners are asking for more salary cuts to bail them out of the investment decisions they have made. If this was just about baseball, playing games would give the owners enough money to pay the players their full prorated salaries and run the baseball organization. The owners' current problem is a result of the money they borrowed when they purchased their franchises, renovated their stadiums or developed land around their ballparks. This type of financing is allowed and encouraged by MLB because it has resulted in significant franchise valuations.

“Owners now want players to take additional pay cuts to help them pay these loans. They want a bailout. They are not offering players a share of the stadiums, ballpark villages or the club itself, even though salary reductions would help owners pay for these valuable franchise assets. These billionaires want the money for free. No bank would do that. Banks demand loans be repaid with interest. Players should be entitled to the same respect.

"Make no mistake, owners have chosen to take on these loans because, in normal times, it is a smart financial decision. But, these unnecessary choices have now put them in a challenging spot. Players should stand strong because players are not the ones who advised owners to borrow money to purchase their franchises and players are not the ones who have benefited from the recent record revenues and profits.

"... Please share this concept with your teammates and fellow players when MLB request further concessions or deferral of salaries.”

Boras used Cubs ownership, the Ricketts family, to illustrate the point.

"Throughout this process, they will be able to claim that they never had any profits because those profits went to pay off their loans," Boras wrote. "However, the end result is that the Ricketts will own improved assets that significantly increases the value of the Cubs — value that is not shared with the players."

Boras' e-mail followed MLB's proposal to the players' association Tuesday of a sliding scale of prorated pay in 2020 in which the highest-paid players would receive the lowest percentage of their prorated salaries and the lowest-paid players would receive the highest percentage of their prorated salaries. In essence, Harper would receive a lower percentage of his $25.4 million AAV than Hoskins would receive from his $605,000 salary.

The players' association found the proposal insulting and is not interested in the sliding scale of pay. Max Scherzer, who is on the MLBPA's eight-man subcommittee, released this statement Wednesday night.

The Phillies are well stocked with Boras clients: Harper, Hoskins, Jake Arrieta, Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott, Vince Velasquez, Cole Irvin, Nick Williams. Boras also, as of this week, represents Rays lefty and former AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell, whom Harper backed up recently after Snell commented on the pay dispute in a polarizing way.

Of course, not everyone agrees with Boras, as outlined in this NY Post piece and in this tweet by outspoken Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer.

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How to watch NBCSP's re-airs of Phillies' entire 2008 playoff run

How to watch NBCSP's re-airs of Phillies' entire 2008 playoff run

While MLB's pay dispute between owners and players rages on, we'll have some classic baseball for you to enjoy during the first three weeks of June.

Beginning this Monday, June 1, NBC Sports Philadelphia will re-air the Phillies' entire 2008 playoff run — all 14 games — along with two specials and a replay of the '08 parade.

Forever Philly: Cole Hamels is a half-hour, 1-on-1 interview with the '08 World Series MVP about the postseason that defined his career.

And World Champions: The Story of '08 Phillies is an expanded 90-minute documentary with bonus '08 footage and plenty of interviews with the key figures such as Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Charlie Manuel, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and many more.

Throughout these three weeks, Jim Salisbury and I will also be looking back at different angles of each game in articles, videos and in each Phillies Talk podcast in June. We'll dig back into those big moments, but also the moments behind the scenes.

Here is the TV schedule. Each game will be re-aired at 7 p.m. Both parts of the famous multi-day World Series Game 5 will air on the same night.

NLDS vs. Brewers

Monday, June 1 — NLDS Game 1

Tuesday, June 2 — NLDS Game 2

Wednesday, June 3 — NLDS Game 3

Thursday, June 4 — NLDS Game 4

NLCS vs. Dodgers

Monday, June 8 — NLCS Game 1

Tuesday, June 9  — NLCS Game 2

Wednesday, June 10 — NLCS Game 3

Thursday, June 11 — NLCS Game 4

Friday, June 12 — NLCS Game 5

World Series vs. Rays

Monday, June 15 — WS Game 1

Tuesday, June 16 — WS Game 2

Wednesday, June 17 — WS Game 3

Thursday, June 18 — WS Game 4

Friday, June 19 — WS Game 5 (Parts 1 & 2)

Forever Philly: Cole Hamels

Monday, June 1 — 9:30 p.m. (Premiere)

Monday, June 1 — 10:30 p.m.

Monday, June 1 — 11:30 pm (NBCSP+)

Tuesday, June 2 — 11 a.m.

Monday, June 8 — 9:30 p.m.

World Champions: The Story of the ’08 Phillies

Sunday, June 21 — 7 p.m. (Premiere)

Sunday, June 21 — 8:30 p.m. (Replay)

Sunday, June 21 — 4 p.m. World Series Parade

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