When you think of Wilson Valdez you think of Babe Ruth. It’s only natural.
But when the Phillies and Reds got together on May 25, 2011 on a serene Wednesday night, no one knew the Phils’ skinny utility infielder would conjure up images of the greatest slugger in baseball history.
Cincinnati came to the park that night straddling just above the .500 mark, while the Phillies were well on their way to 102 regular season wins. Roy Halladay got the starting nod for the Phils against left-hander Travis Wood, and based on how things began, no one could have foreseen that Valdez would be called upon to do tremendous feats of baseball not seen since The Babe.
Just two batters into the game, Ben Francisco, who started in right field, hit a two-run blast that got the Phillies off to a quick 2-0 lead. The Phils would tack on another run in the second thanks to a John Mayberry Jr. RBI single to make it 3-0. That’s usually enough for Halladay, who cruised through the first four innings, but ran into some trouble in the fifth. He gave up an RBI single to Joey Votto to make it 3-1, and allowed Cincinnati to tie the score in the seventh thanks to a two-run single by current Phil, Jay…