The lack of Phillies news has us diving into great games of the past
We’re still waiting for some Phillies news to help us get through the break, so in the meantime, we’re looking at some of the best walk-off Phillies games.
The 1:39 p.m. Sunday game started with a matchup of former Phillies prospect Gio Gonzalez facing future Astros ace Charlie Morton.
This was the Phillies lineup against Gonzalez that Sunday afternoon:
- Freddy Galvis, SS
- Cesar Hernandez, 2B
- Odubel Herrera, CF
- Maikel Franco, 3B
- Darin Ruf, 1B
- Carlos Ruiz, C
- Peter Bourjos, RF
- Tyler Goeddel, LF
- Charlie Morton, SP
None of those players are still with the Phillies, and this is just four seasons ago. In fact, there are just seven players from the 50-some guys who played for the Phillies in 2016 still on the big league roster, the only hitter being Roman Quinn.
Carlos Ruiz would start the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning off Gonzalez, Chooch’s second in a season where he’d only hit three.
Anthony Rendon would tie it up in the sixth with an RBI single, but the scoring would stop after that.
Morton turned one of his best starts as a Phillie, going six innings allowing the one run off four hits, two walks, and six strikeouts.
Gonzalez managed seven innings with one run off four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
In the eighth inning Nationals center fielder Chris Heisey pulled a ball towards third, forcing Maikel Franco to make a throw across the diamond. The throw pulled Darin Ruf off the bag and forced him to swipe at Heisey, who was called safe.
The Phillies would challenge the call and replay determined that Ruf got Heisey going down the line.
Hector Neris, David Hernandez, and Elvis Araujo would combine to pitch two scoreless innings for the Phillies and this game would go to extra-innings.
In the top of the 10th Bryce Harper (still a National) crushed a two-out 3-2 pitch off Jeanmar Gomez into the Phillies bullpen to make it a 2-1 Nationals lead, their first of the game.
Phillies all-time closer, now Nationals reliever, Jonathan Papelbon entered the game in the bottom of the 10th to close the game out. He got his former catcher Carlos Ruiz to fly out for the first out, but Peter Bourjos would manage to get a double into left field.
Pinch-hitter Cedric Hunter flew out for the second out, and Andres Blanco was the Phillies last hope.
On a 1-1 pitch with two outs Blanco lined a ball into the shadows in left field to bring home the speedy Bourjos, who just beat a Jayson Werth throw from left to tie the game.
Next up would be Galvis, who was 0-4 entering the at-bat and barely hitting .200 early in the season.
On a 1-2 pitch with two outs Galvis hit an opposite-field fly ball deep into left field that hit the bottom of the wall as Werth battled the shadows. Blanco came around to score and the Phillies got their seventh win of the season off their former teammate Papelbon.
That walk-off would be the first of three walkoffs in their next 11 games and their first of five in a season where they only won 71 games