Casper Wells Had Himself Quite An Evening

By Matthew Hochberg

Casper Wells, an outfielder on the Philadelphia Phillies, came in to pitch in last night’s 18 inning contest. His only other time on the mound was on June 28, as a member of the Chicago White Sox. Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

There were 35 combined hits, 20 pitchers used and finally, after 7 hours, 6 minutes of baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks picked up the victory in Saturday night’s marathon. While the game was exhausting, no one had it worse than Casper Wells of the Philadelphia Phillies. Not only did he finish 0-for-7 with 4 strike outs, but Wells, a left fielder, came into the 18th inning – on the mound. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, he walked Tony Campana, and then let up a double to Adam Eaton. The 28-year-old would end up allowing five earned runs on three hits and three walks, throwing 40 pithces in the process.

Former D-Back utility man John McDonald came in to replace Wells, and after giving up two singles, retired former Phillies minor leaguer Tuffy Gosewisch to stop the bleeding and end the inning.

Wells’ only other time on the mound was on June 28, as a member of the Chicago White Sox. He pitched  a scoreless inning.

Cliff Pennington of Arizona could not believe that Wells, a position player was coming in to pitch.

"“When Casper went in, I thought, ‘This is crazy.'”"

While he clearly had a rough night, Wells was more concerned with the loss.

"“I guess it was pretty surreal the whole game,” he said. “I am just upset that we didn’t come away with the victory.”"