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In May of 1959, Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates, was perfect through 13 innings against the Milwaukee Braves. Sadly, his teammates failed to score, saddling Haddix with a 12 2/3 inning "complete game." Milwaulkee's Lew Burdette pitched a 12 inning shutout for the victory.
The Phillies' Cliff Lee suffered a similar fate tonight, scattering seven hits over 10 shutout innings, and racking up seven strikeouts. He was matched blow for blow by Matt "Big Sugar" Cain, who pitched what would have been a two-hit shutout.In the top of the 11th, Carlos Ruiz led off with a double. He was sacrificed over to third by Freddy Galvis (YAY BUNTING!), and the Phillies had a runner on third with one out. The first time they had had a runner that far. Jim Thome was announced as a pinch hitter for Lee, and, in a move predicted by everyone who hadn't already drunk themselves into a stupor, Giants' manager Bruce Bochy replaced Sergio "I Hate Beards" Romo with left-hander Javier Lopez. Instead of reciprocating, Charlie Manuel left Thome up to strikeout. Juan Pierre, the next batter, was then pinch-hit for by John Mayberry Jr, and Bochy, again, countered by going to right-hander Clay Hensley, who induced a weak grounder to short.
Charlie's moves continued to baffle in the bottom of the 11th. Mayberry went to left field, in place of Pierre, but defensive stalwarts Ty Wiggington and Laynce Nix remained at the infield corners. Antonio Bastardo came on to pitch, striking out Brandon Crawford, before allowing a single to Brandon Belt. Angel Pagan then hit a surefire double-play to third baseman Wiggington, who booted it. Instead of moving on to the 12th, the Phillies were facing a first-and-second situation with only one out. Melky Cabrera then lined a walkoff single to right, scoring Belt easily.
The Phillies drop to 5-7 on the season, giving them sole possession of fifth place in the NL East for the first time since April 6, 2008. That season turned out pretty good, though.
Fangraph of Dissatisfaction:
It's worth noting that Lee had a WPA of .654; while both teams' position players combined for -1.100.
Also, since it's late and Taco Pal didn't do this already, let's go Around the Leaguearoundtheleaguearoundtheleague
Lehigh Valley 1, Buffalo 4
Jake Diekman: 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K (!)
Domonic Brown: 0 for 4
Scott Podsednik: 1 for 3, SB
Reading 1, Richmond 2
David Buchanan: 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1BB, 4K
Tyson Gillies: 1 for 4, 2B, 2K
Cesar Hernandez: 1 for 4, 2B
Miguel Abreu: 1 for 3, SB PADDING HIS STEALS
Lakewood 1, Greensboro 9
Gauntlett Eldemire: 0 for 4
Aaron Altherr: 2 for 4, SB
Tyler Greene: 1 for 3, 2B