Times have been pretty dire for the Phillies as of late, and even after taking the series opener from the Padres (and getting Jonathan Papelbon his 300th save in the process!) at CBP, when Cole Hamels struck out 11 through 11 scoreless innings and still left the game with a no-decision, it seemed inevitable that the worst would ultimately befall the Phils tonight, as it has seemingly all season.
Enter Reid Brignac.
The Phils' overexposed utility player isn't generally much of a power threat--a career .309 slugger, with only one season in his six-plus-year career where he could say he's hit "multiple" home runs. But he got halfway there for this season tonight, coming to bat in the ninth against San Diego reliever Nick Vincent with two on, one out, and the score still knotted at nil, and then cranking one to deep right.
Amazingly, this isn't the first Brignac walk-off of the season for the Phils, or even of the last two weeks. For a guy who doesn't tend to get all that many hits--tonight's three-run knock brings him to nine on the season, in 47 plate appearances--he certainly seems to get a disproportionate amount of game-winners.
Phils go for the sweep in the matinee tomorrow. If we can just get ol' RBri up late with the game on the line, I like our chances.Your browser does not support iframes.