After Saturday's 18-inning marathon, the Diamondbacks and Phillies will have some beat-up bullpens in Sunday's finale as Halladay makes his surprise return to the hill against Arizona's All-Star left-hander.
The Phillies rallied from a 6-0 deficit Saturday and scored four in the eighth inning to head into extras tied at 7.
No runs were scored until the 18th, when Philadelphia (58-71) was forced to use outfielder Casper Wells on the mound. He got two outs before Arizona erupted for five runs, and the Diamondbacks went on to win a 12-7 marathon that took 7 hours, 6 minutes - setting a mark for length of game for both teams."Oh God, it was tough," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "I'm pretty tired, I really don't know what to tell you."
Arizona (66-62) at least got six innings from starter Randall Delgado , while Philadelphia's Ethan Martin didn't even make it through the first. The Phillies' bullpen pitched a franchise-record 17 1-3 innings, and now they'll bring Halladay (2-4, 8.65 ERA) back for his first major league start since May 5 after scheduled starter Tyler Cloyd pitched five innings Saturday.
Halladay, who had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery on May 15, gave up a combined 17 runs over six innings in his last two starts before hitting the disabled list.
So what does interim manager Ryne Sandberg expect from the two-time Cy Young Award winner?
"To give us what he has," Sandberg said. "I believe he was our best option for (Sunday)."
Halladay posted a 3.00 ERA in two starts with the Gulf Coast Phillies, and he wasn't expected back in the major leagues anytime soon. Sandberg said the team made a call to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who gave the Phillies the okay to bring Halladay up.
The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, have their innings-eater in place. Corbin (13-3, 2.45) has lasted six-plus innings in 24 of his 25 starts this season, joining St. Louis' Adam Wainwright as the only pitchers with 170-plus innings to last that long in all but one start.
Corbin was particularly good on Tuesday, going the distance for the second time this year in a 5-2 win at Cincinnati. He tied a season high with 10 strikeouts.
"Today I had my best slider," Corbin said. "I felt good warming up in the bullpen. I thought it would be a good game. I knew I could go to my slider at any time."
Sunday's game will begin fewer than 12 hours after Saturday's finally came to an end. Both teams burned through nine pitchers, and each used a second member of its rotation. Philadelphia also used two position players, Wells and John McDonald .
Corbin has faced Philadelphia once in his career, holding the Phillies to a run over 6 1-3 innings in a 2-1 win May 9.
Paul Goldschmidt went 0 for 3 in that game, but he's hitting .389 over the last eight games on Arizona's 10-game road trip. He went 2 for 6 and had four of the Diamondbacks' franchise-record 18 walks on Saturday.
"The team feeds off Patrick (Corbin) and Goldy," Gibson said. "They've been our most consistent guys all year."
Goldschmidt is 0 for 4 against Halladay.
Halladay, ordinarily one of the most pinpoint pitchers in the game with 1.86 walks per nine innings through 2012, has struggled with his control in 2013, walking 17 batters in 34 1-3 innings.
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|August 12, 2013||Cody Ross||15-Day DL||Dislocated right hip|
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|July 26, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Hamstring tightness|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
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|July 26, 2013||Cliff Lee||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||7-Day DL||Concussion|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Roy Halladay went to bed thinking he would be facing minor-league hitters Sunday before a late-night call woke him with a change of plans. The Diamondbacks hitters probably wish that his phone was on silent.
Halladay pitched six strong innings in his return from the disabled list and John Mayberry Jr. homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-5 victory over Arizona on Sunday.
Cody Asche had two hits with a double and two RBIs and Roger Bernadina had two RBIs for the Phillies, who have won six of their last eight games.
"I felt good and feel like each time out it's getting better," Halladay said. "I'm getting stronger and looking forward to continuing to build."
Halladay (3-4), who was working back from midseason right shoulder surgery and making his first start since May 5, originally was going to pitch his third minor-league rehab start on Sunday but was pressed into action when Sunday's original starter, Tyler Cloyd , was one of 11 Philadelphia pitchers used in Saturday's record-setting, 7-hour, 6-minute marathon.
Interim manager Ryne Sandberg got the go-ahead to use Cloyd and then Halladay, who was sleeping, was summoned in his Reading, Pa. hotel room, where he was resting in preparation for a Double-A start for the Fightin Phils against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
"I didn't know what was going on," Halladay said.
He went back to bed and made the 70-mile commute to Philadelphia on Sunday morning.
"It was nice having him out there," Sandberg said. "He was totally for it. He wanted to get back as soon as possible. He showed he's on his way back."
A.J. Pollock had three hits, including a three-run homer, for Arizona - which has lost four of five. The Diamondbacks return home Monday after a 4-6 road trip pushed them further back in the playoff race.
"It was a bad trip," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We have a big game tomorrow. We have to try to get some rest tonight and play a good game tomorrow."
The game started just 11 hours and 25 minutes after the final out at 2:12 a.m. that set a record for length of time of a game for both clubs. This one was more conventional, taking 2 hours, 49 minutes.
Halladay was helped by some generous run support.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Phillies picked up Halladay with four runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to Asche's two-run double and RBIs from Darin Ruf and Kevin Frandsen .
Arizona pulled within 4-2 in the second on Tuffy Gosewisch 's first career RBI, a sacrifice fly, but Halladay settled down after that. The tall right-hander, who struggled with velocity and command early this season, didn't allow another hit until Pollock's two-out single in the sixth.
Using a slow curveball and his trademark cutter that generally reached the high 80's on the stadium radar gun, Halladay struck out two, walked two and allowed four hits. It was his first victory since April 19 against the Cardinals.
"Each time out I'm progressing back to where I was," the two-time Cy Young winner said. "My arm slot and movement are back to where they used to be. I can be more consistent with location and, in talking to doctors, velocity is going to be the last thing to come."
The Phillies blew the game open in the sixth with three more runs off Patrick Corbin (13-4), who gave up a career-high eight earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. The All-Star left-hander, who had won his previous three starts, hadn't allowed more than five earned runs in any game this season entering Sunday.
"It just wasn't my day," Corbin said. "I left a lot of pitches up. I didn't have my best stuff. I feel bad about not going deeper into the game."
Arizona got three of those runs back in the eighth when Pollock hit a two-out, three-run homer off right-hander J.C. Ramirez.
Bernadina made two stellar catches in center field, robbing Matt Davidson of a two-run homer with a leaping grab over the fence in the third and sprawling to snare Gosewisch sinking liner to short center with an all-out dive in the seventh.
Notes: By taking two of three from Arizona, Philadelphia won its second straight series and just their third in 11 series since the All-Star break. . The Phillies recalled Ramirez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and optioned right-handers Cloyd and Luis Garcia to Lehigh Valley. ... Philadelphia opens a four-game series in New York against the Mets at 7:10 on Monday when Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.16) opposes right-hander Zach Wheeler (6-2, 3.49). ... Arizona returns home Monday to host San Diego for the first of three against the Padres, with right-hander Brandon McCarthy (2-8, 5.44) facing Padres right-hander Tyson Ross (3-6, 2.85).