When the Phillies reached the bottom of the 9th, down by 2 runs, I think almost every Phillies fan in Citizens Bank Park lost hope that the Phils would come back and win the ball game. But when Kevin Frandsen hit that walk-off, I think every Phillies fan remembered how much “phaith” we Phillies fans need to have.
The first few innings of last night’s game were slow as both teams were struggling to hit the ball. Both pitchers (John Lannan and Luis Mendoza), had solid performances. Luis Mendoza pitched well for the Royals, going 6 innings, striking out 7, walking 3, and giving up 2 hits and 1 run. John Lannan made his Phillies debut, pitching 7 innings, striking out 5, and allowing 5 hits and 3 runs.
In the top of the 5th inning, Miguel Tejada grounded out and Lorenzo Cain scored, putting the Royals on the board.That same inning, Elliot Johnson singled which drove in Jeff Francoeur. In the bottom of the 5th, Ben Revere hit a bullet, right over third baseman, Tejada’s head which drove in John Mayberry Jr to get the Phillies on board. In the top of the 7th, Miguel Tejada doubled for the Royals, driving in Francoeur. At that point, it was 3-1 and the Phillies only had 2 hits. It looked like the Phillies were headed for a 1-4 start to the 2013 season.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies found some magic however. After three consecutive walks to start the inning, followed by 2 strike-outs, all eyes were on Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen came up big, with a bases clearing game winning hit, to notch the Phillies their second win of the season.
Hopefully this exciting victory can carry momentum over to today’s afternoon game to win their 3-game series with the Kansas City Royals.