While most Phillies fans slept, we had a Little League home run in Arizona
In two weeks the Phillies and Mets will play in the Little League Classic out in Williamsport. Philadelphia got a headstart on the festivities with the rare Little League home run, courtesy of Cesar Hernandez.
A play that was ultimately ruled a single with an E1 and E9, Hernandez gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the top of the eighth against former Phillie Jake Diekman.
In case you fell asleep and didn’t see the play, here’s the play with the always inciteful analysis from Ben Davis that kicked off a four-run eighth inning.
Of course, the internet had a field day with this play and did not disappoint with their reaction.
The game was another solid win for the Phillies coming off a heartbreaker Monday night/Tuesday morning when they blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth. Nick Pivetta came out strong with six shutout innings allowing just five hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.
Aside from Aaron Loup’s disastrous third on an inning when he gave up two runs, the Phillies bullpen held it’s own over the final three frames. Luis Garcia, Victor Arano, and Pat Neshek combined for two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, and Neshek picked up a save.
Nick Williams offered up a solo home run early in the game before the floodgates opened in the eighth. Asdrubal Cabrera offered up a two-run double and Jorge Alfaro drove in Carlos Santana with an RBI single.
Vince Velasquez gets the rubber match start against Patrick Corbin, who the Phillies could eye in free agency. First pitch is 3:40 pm EST.