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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.
Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.
Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.
He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.
He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.
A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.
Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).
Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.
After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).
Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P