These “New” /”Old” Phillies

2 Aug

Is there a more exciting play in baseball than the pinch hit home run?  Add to that it was the ninth inning and there were two outs. Add to that the Phillies were down by two runs and had one runner on base.  Oh, yeah, and did I mention that there were two strikes?

In fact John Mayberry was down in the count 1-2; the Phillies were one strike away from starting this three-city road trip with a loss, another loss in which the offense had gone missing in action through most of the game.  But Mayberry managed to work the count to 3-2 and after fouling off two more pitches, he finally nailed Street‘s eighth pitch of the at-bat for his first ever ninth inning pinch hit home run.

And tied the game.

This team is starting to resemble a team you may remember.  A team you could never count out of a game no matter what the score, no matter what the inning.  As I recall that team, the 2008 Phillies, did pretty well for themselves.

But I digress.  The game was tied and for the second game in a row, the Phillies had a little more extra inning magic left.  In the top of the tenth,  Shane Victorino led off with a go-ahead home run.  After Victorino  rounded the bases and scored, the ‘Flyin’ Hawaiian’   pointed behind home plate, where his parents, doing some flying of their own, had just arrived from Hawaii in time to see the game.   According to Shane, they were very excited, especially his Mom, but they were even more excited when Mayberry hit his blast to tie things up.

This team is starting to get that old ‘in it to win it’ feeling, the never turn the game off before the final out feeling, the team on a mission feeling.

The late inning heroics eclipsed yet another strong performance by Cole Hamels.  He pitched six innings giving up only two runs on a two-run homer in the second by the Rockies’ Seth Smith.  Cole has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his last 13 starts for a 2.19 ERA during that stretch.

All in a day’s work for these second-half Phillies, a team that is growing in confidence every day, a team that has a job to do and even when they are down to their last strike someone steps up to do it.

I love these “new” Phillies.  Did I mention that they remind me of another team you might remember?

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2 Responses to “These “New” /”Old” Phillies”

  1. Lea Dickler August 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    FABTASTIC GAME!!!! AND TO THINK i WAS GOING TO GO TO SLEEP AFTER THE 8TH. nOW, THAT WAS EXCITING. AND TO THINK I ALMOST WENT TO BED. AS A MOTHER, I WORRY THAT THEY ARE SO EXHAUSTED AND NEED SOME REST!!!

    • girlsbestphriend August 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      Don’t worry. They’ll be running on adrenaline after that win last night!

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