In some sort of baseball miracle, Ryan Howard hit a two-run single off a left handed pitcher in the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cosmic Charlie couldn’t have even predicted that one.
Kyle Kendrick allowed two runs over seven innings. It would have probably been one fewer if Erik Kratz hadn’t pulled a Tennessee Jed and realized he is indeed a pretty slow guy before he bungled a rundown in the first inning. The miscue was followed by an A.J. Pollack single which put Arizona up 2-0, which, for this team, feels like a nearly insurmountable deficit to overcome.
In the third inning, Domonic Brown caught what was going to be an Eric Chavez home run like he is some rangy, savvy outfielder. Before he jogged back to the left field wall, in what looked like some new speedway boogie, to make the catch he shouted to Ben Revere, “Yo kid, watch this.” When asked about the play after the game all Revere could muster was, “!!!”
The Phillies had 15 hits, 12 of which were singles. 12 singles! Why walk when you get hit singles and eek out runs like this team can?! This is all making sense now. Sure, a win is a win is a win, but there aren’t going to be a lot of them if this roster can’t start actually hitting.
The win meant the team ended the road trip with a 4-3 record. All three losses were by one run, so the trip could have even been better despite it feeling like they went 0-7.
The Phillies are off tomorrow and play the Cleveland “We Still Have a Racists Nickname” Indians on Tuesday at 7:05.