PHILADELPHIA -- Frank Herrmann never reached the pile of madness in shallow center field, where his Phillies teammates had pursued and ultimately snared Jimmy Paredes.Paredes had just produced the pinch-hit, walk-off single to right-center field in the 13th inning of Friday night's 4-3 victory over the Marlins at Citizens Bank
PHILADELPHIA -- Frank Herrmann never reached the pile of madness in shallow center field, where his Phillies teammates had pursued and ultimately snared Jimmy Paredes.
Paredes had just produced the pinch-hit, walk-off single to right-center field in the 13th inning of Friday night's 4-3 victory over the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The hit scored Peter Bourjos from third base and ended a four-hour, 43-minute marathon that featured a combined 45 players.
Herrmann pitched two scoreless innings in the 12th and 13th to earn his first big league win since Aug. 31, 2011, when he pitched for the Indians. That night, he went four scoreless frames in a 16-inning victory over the A's.
"This one had the same feel," Herrmann said. "I think I was going to go another one if my spot didn't come up there, too."
Herrmann's previous win before that? A 13-inning victory on Aug. 9, 2011, against the Tigers.
"It's just nice to contribute," said Herrmann, who improved to 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA in nine appearances this season. "Things haven't gone as I would have liked or hoped up here, but I feel like on a whole this season, I've thrown the ball really well. It's nice to be able to express that and contribute. It's fun. We've got a young team, so it's fun when we can get these wins when we can. So to contribute means a lot to me."
Herrmann would not be enjoying the win without Paredes' help. His teammates ripped up his jersey and doused him with water during the postgame celebration.
"Those were his Latino brothers that hacked him up," Herrmann said with a smile. "I wasn't fast enough to get out there. I was slowly jogging in the back. But yeah, they got him good."
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.