Philadelphia Phillies Unexpected Heroes

12 Jul

If someone had told you that the Phillies would win a big game off the strength of Kyle Kendrick’s pitching, Ben Revere’s hitting and Kevin Frandsen’s pinch hitting you would have scoffed, right?  But here we sit, after taking three of four from the Washington Nationals based largely on the efforts of some unexpected heroes.

After the Phils loss on Wednesday with their ace, Cliff Lee, on the hill, many pundits were already writing this series off as a 2-2 split.  After all, The Nationals had their best pitcher on the mound last night, Jordan Zimmerman, 12-4 so far this season.

But the Phils Kyle Kendrick got the best of the Nationals All-Star battling through some shoddy defense to keep his team in the game until the Phillies could scratch out a lead.  Kendrick pitched seven innings of one-run ball, giving up just five hits.

As for the offense, Ben Revere tied the game with an RBI single with two outs in the 5th.  Revere was 2-4 and has a nine game hitting streak.  He also has had six multi=hit games during that stretch.

But it was Kevin Frandsen who would drive in the game-winner with a pinch hit single in the seventh. It was Frandsen‘s 11th pinch-hit of the year, the most in baseball. By the way, he drove in pinch runner John McDonald, running for Darrin Ruf who had started the inning with a double.  Ruff has now played six games with the Phils and is batting .375 with 6 hits in 16 at bats.

The Phillies have now won four of their last five series and have seven wins in their last 10 games. They are just one game under .500 and only 1 1/2 games out of second place in the division.

But forget all the numbers and statistics.

Stop agonizing over whether the Phillies should be buyers or sellers come the Trade Deadline.

Try not to obsessively check the Braves score to see if the Phils can pick up any ground.

Instead just enjoy the fact that for however long it lasts, baseball is fun again in the City of Brotherly Love and for me, right now that’s enough.

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4 Responses to “Philadelphia Phillies Unexpected Heroes”

  1. George July 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Excellent attitude! When you are a happy Phan the world is that much better.

  2. JP July 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Nice column today! I was at Tuesday’s win, Hamels was fantastic. I’m seeing a distinct shift to more of a “small ball” game — maybe it’s just chance, or maybe Charlie is shifting his approach to this newly-forming team that depends less on the big guns. In any case, it’s refreshing. The bats are waking up, and (despite last night’s errors) the Phils are Fightin’ again!

    • girlsbestphriend July 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Refreshing is the perfect word! There’s more life in the team and at the Park. That was a great Hamels’ start that you saw. Maybe that’s a good sign for his second half.

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