We had been waiting for such a long time. Most of us had given up hope that would ever happen. And then finally, we got to see what we longed hoped for:
Ben Revere hit his first home run! There was much celebrating among the fans who had stayed at Citizens Bank Park. And with the Phillies trailing 4-1 in the seventh inning of a rain delayed game, there weren’t all that many of them. But those of us watching at home were sure excited!
I should probably mention that despite Revere’s heroics, the Phillies lost the game, and the loss was partially due to Revere (and others) coming up small in the third inning.
After Cole Hamels bunted his way on, the Phillies had the bases loaded with nobody out and the top of the order due up. If you’ve been following the 2014 Phillies closely, it won’t surprise you that the Phillies did not score in that inning. Revere hit a slow ground ball that resulted in a force out at the plate. Jimmy Rollins then popped up, and Chase Utley ended things with a fly out.
Perhaps a few extra runs would have helped starting pitcher Cole Hamels who was pitching a pretty good game…right until he wasn’t.
With the game tied 1-1 in the seventh, Hamels walked two batters, and then gave up a three-run homer to Wilin Rosario that essentially sealed the Phillies fate.
But in the end, who cares about all of that? We got to see Ben Revere finally take one deep, and that’s probably better than a win. Even this Phillies team will manage to win over 70 games this season. But Ben Revere home runs? We may never see one of those again.