Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 5/19/13
The Phillies took an otherwise boring game and brought some excitement to those who remained in Citizens Bank Park on this dreary Sunday. With the team trailing 2-1, just having broke their 16-inning scoreless streak, the Phils were staring down the barrel of Aroldis Chapman. Undeterred, Erik Kratz tied the game with a homer and Freddy Galvis won it with a line-drive shot that just cleared the left field wall. The ninth inning Delmon Young led off the ninth and promptly drew a four pitch walk from the flame-throwing Chapman. As we all know, D. Young is not the fleetest-of-foot; but still the choice to pinch-run with Cliff Lee is always a questionable one. Lee got caught in a rundown after Chapman attempted a pick-off. It was a poor baserunning move and Cliff knew it. He was visibly frustrated in the dugout as Eric Kratz stepped to the plate. After Chapman threw a few of his signature high-90s fastballs, Kratz zeroed in on one and send it into the left field seats. The crowd celebrated, Lee’s pickoff was still fresh in their minds. Still, the game was tied and Freddy Galvis was up. He had started the game at 3rd base, and Michael Young at 1st, so that Ryan Howard could have the day off (more on him later). Galvis took a 99 mph fastball for a ball and fouled off the next pitch. And then the third pitch, a slower 95-mph fastball, landed just over the left field wall inside the foul pole for Freddy Galvis’ first walk off home run of his career. For the 15,000 fans left in the stadium, it was well worth the patience of watching an anemic offence play on a misty Sunday afternoon. The low scoring and high drama made it feel almost like a soccer game. Pitching Jonathan Pettibone had another solid outing, going 7 innings with just 1 earned run coming off a Joey Votto blast to centerfield. The Phillies are 5-1 when he starts. Justin DeFratus and Antonio Bastardo each allowed a hit in relief, but keep the Reds from scoring any more runs. Bastardo got the win and becomes the only reliever with multiple wins on the season. Injuries There’s some bad news on the injury front. As mentioned, Ryan Howard had the day off due to soreness in his left knee. After the game, it was announced that he will undergo a precautionary MRI on Monday. He mentioned that his knee’s “been acting up”, and some speculate he may be overcompensating for his previously injured Achilles. Carlos Ruiz left the game after the second inning today. He tweaked his right hamstring while running first-to-third on Freddy Galvis’ first hit of the game. In fact, he said he felt something “pop.” Chooch will also have an MRI on Monday. Stay tuned. Game Notes The Phillies are off to Miami for a 3-game series before heading to DC then Boston…Ben Revere is now batting .406 in the month of May…Tyler Cloyd was recalled to pitch Tuesday…According to Elias, this was the first time ever the Phillies won a game on back-to-back HR’s in bottom of the ninth inning.
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