Shane Victorino has been around the city promoting his candidacy for the Final Vote. Handing out flyers, shaking hands and signing autographs help, but proving why he should be selected is more important. Victorino (2-for-4, 2 SB) did that in the ninth inning.
In the fourth, the Cincinnati Reds took a 2-0 lead on Lance Nix’s RBI single and Ramon Hernandez’s sacrifice fly. In the bottom half of the inning, Ryan Howard returned the favor with a RBI single of his own.
Starter Rodrigo Lopez pitched five innings allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four. Still, the Phillies had trouble manufacturing runs, leaving nine men on base. Additionally, they were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Phillies pitching kept them in the game, and one swing off the bat of Jayson Werth tied it in the sixth. Werth’s nineteenth home run of the year made it a new ballgame.
The Phillies bullpen pitched four shutout innings. Ryan Madson’s two innings were key, giving the Phillies a chance in the bottom of the ninth.
Pedro Feliz led off with a single. Paul Bako failed to bunt him over, and Eric Bruntlett flied out. Jimmy Rollins worked a two out walk, and Victorino was given the perfect opportunity to make his campaign speech. He singled to center, scoring Feliz. A walk-off single and that was the ballgame. Phillies win 3-2.