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Put me in coach, I'm ready to pitch ... tonight
2006-09-25 20:19
by Bob Timmermann

In Houston's 5-4 win over Philadelphia tonight, the Astros used nine pitchers and the Phillies used seven pitchers.

The nine pitchers in a nine-inning game tied the NL record that had been done three times before. The last NL team to do it was the Cardinals in a season-ending game last year on October 2, 2005 against the Reds. The Cardinals also did it against the Dodgers on September 8, 2001 against the Dodgers. That game was actually meaningful.

The 16 pitchers combined tied the major league record. Houston had a share of that record, set on September 28, 2002. That game was a 5-2 Giants win. However, none of the eight pitchers used by the Astros in 2002, pitched in tonight's game. Aaron Fultz pitched for the Giants in 2002 and for the Phillies tonight.

Colorado and Arizona broke the record for most pitchers used in an extra-inning game back on September 16 when the DBacks beat the Rockies 7-6 in 16 innings.

Pitcher #5 got the win for Houston tonight, Dave Borkowski.

2006-09-25 20:46:32
1.   Xeifrank
... and the most amazing part of all this is that none of the pitchers was named Brett Tomko. vr, Xei
2006-09-25 20:54:40
2.   Bob Timmermann
I think the amazing thing was that was an important game for both teams and fairly low-scoring. Basically, both managers went for staff vs. staff. I don't know how much longer the Astros can hang playing every game like its Game 7 of the World Series.
2006-09-25 21:14:24
3.   das411
They only have to last six more games Bob, then all that extra playoff revenue will almost cover bringing Clemens back again!

Of course this assumes the Phillies, Dodgers, and/or Cardinals all lose out.

2006-09-25 21:37:33
4.   Bob Timmermann
The Astros would host a playoff against the Cardinals or Phillies. They don't have a site if the Astros and Dodgers tie.
2006-09-25 21:48:15
5.   Ken Arneson
You mean Tony La Russa was involved in a couple of games with a lot of pitching changes?

Whoda thunkit?

2006-09-25 22:02:06
6.   Bob Timmermann
Felipe Alou was the other manager to use 9 pitchers in a 9-inning game back in 1996 for the Expos.

Lee Mazzilli used 10 in a game for the Orioles in 2004.

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