In one inning shy of a score,
the Fightin’ Phils won, five to four.
A sacrifice fly
in 1 a.m.’s sky
ended a game for Philly’s lore.
With Roy Halladay on the mound,
most thought history would be found.
But the Phillies’ bullpen
became marathon men
and Wilson Valdez hero-bound.
Ryan Howard’s 10th-inning blast
made the Reds’ lead disappear fast.
With the bullpen on ‘E’
and the lineup empty,
a pitcher, from infield, was cast.
Facing the heart of the order,
Valdez was three-out recorder.
Retiring the side
on a wild ride,
as he crossed history’s border.