A 19-inning game on Wednesday? Reminds me of Jay Johnson

On Wednesday night, the Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in 19-innings at Citizen’s Bank Park.  The cool thing about the game, infielder Wilson Valdez earned the win.  Valdez retired Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Carlos Fisher to become the first position player to earn a victory since Brett Mayne in 2000)to earn a win.

Here‘s what happened on April 16th, 2008 at Hadlock Field…Portland versus Binghamton… Jay Johnson became the first position player in franchise history to earn a win on the mound.  Johnson was forced into action, and worked two scoreless innings, delivering the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the 17th inning.  Johnson worked a perfect 16th inning, striking out Ben Copeland and Adam Witter.  In the 17th inning, Connecticut loaded the bases but Kyle Haines hit into a 6-4-3double play.  Connecticut third baseman Simon Klink took the loss, walking Jeff Corsaletti and yielded Johnson’s walk-off hit.  That game goes down as one of the greatest moments in the history of my broadcasting career at Hadlock Field.  I also remember that we had a long bus trip to Binghamton after the game, but the guys were so pumped about the win, they didn’t care.  Truly a historic moment, and one Jay Johnson will never forget.

I’d love to hear from the fans.  Tell me your favorite story of an extra-inning game that you attended or saw on TV.  This can be at any level, and I’ll have a blog post dedicated to the responses.

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The Sea Dogs continue their 4-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday night at Hadlock Field.  Portland is trying to avoid a series loss to the ‘Cats, and start a winning streak for the first time this month.  The ‘Dogs have not won back-to-back games since April 26-28 when they took three straight over the Binghamton Mets.

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Jay Johnson was without a doubt one of my all time favorite Sea Dogs players. I remember his 1st in 2006, hitting a game winning double after being called up that very morning. A real thrilling game with David Pauley pitching a gem. Later, did it again at the future at Fenway game. The guy was pure clutch! Too bad that he hurt his achilles. He was a fun player to watch and gave us some big thrills in Portland before being let go.

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