The Phillies kicked off their key 3-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night with a 5-3 win, hoping that win would be a good start to a big weekend series. On Saturday however, things didn’t go the Phillies way, as Bronson Arroyo and Joey Votto keyed a Reds 10-0 victory. But today’s game showed us what true Phillies baseball really is, and that’s continuing to keep on fighting.
Already in the 2nd inning, the Phils were off to a bad start, as Jonathan Pettibone gave up a solo shot hit by Jay Bruce. And then a few innings later, to the 6th inning, Todd Frazier doubled to right, bringing home Joey Votto.
At this point, I think almost every Phillies fan thought this was going to be yet another disappointing loss. The Phillies then headed into the 8th inning down 0-2, having not scored a run in 16 innings. But in the bottom of the 8th, Chase Utley singled to to left center, scoring Ben Revere, and ending the scoreless streak. Still though the Phillies headed into the ninth inning, down 2-1, with one of the best closers in the game coming in, in the form of Aroldis Chapman.
To begin the inning Delmon Young pinch-hit and reached 1st base on a walk and Cliff Lee came in to run for Young. Erik Kratz was up to bat, and with a 2-2 count and no outs, Lee made a risky move and started running for 2nd but ended up getting picked off. At that point, Lee getting picked off seemed fatal. Despite that costly out, Kratz delivered with the game-tying homerun to left field. With that homerun, the crowd at Citizens Bank Park was re-energized, and the Phillies spark, Freddy Galvis came to the plate. Galvis then delivered a walk-off homerun, Citizens Bank Park erupted and the Phillies won 3-2, taking the series 2-1.
Not only was this game a huge momentum-booster for the players, but the fans of Philadelphia as well. The Phillies will now travel to Miami to open up a series with the Marlins tomorrow.