Michael Young celebrates with Carlos Ruiz after his game-winning hit in the ninth
You take walk-off wins where you can get 'em, but there's something to the "walk off on shortstop's second error of the ninth inning" formula that takes at least 15% of the wind out of the sails of the walk-off win. Much better to do so on a couple clutch base hits, as the Phils did tonight against Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, winning the second of three against the Rock Boys to bring the team to an even 3-3 in the Ryne Sandberg era (and a perfect 1-0 in the Roger Bernandina era--can you feel the momentum shift?)
Better still, it was in comeback form this time, as a typically stellar 8th inning for the Phillies bullpen coughed up the go-ahead run to the Rockies (after seven innings of two-run work from Cliff Lee), typically an insurmountable deficit for the Phils, and especially so after Dom, Darin and Cody went a quick 1-2-3 in the eighth. But a couple of doubles from the Kratz & Chooch catching tandem, and a Michael Young liner to left to seal the deal, and the Phils were sending the CBP faithful home happy, and more than a little bit surprised.
"This is just what we needed to turn this season around," Michael Young definitely did not say in the post-game interview. "There's still 36 games left in this season--watch your back, Atlanta!"
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In any event, any night that ends with Gregg Murphy conducting an interview through a thick layer of shaving cream is a good night. Go Fightins.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.