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2013 Game Recaps

Phillies win on back-to-back walk-off; Howard and Ruiz MRIs

The Phillies took an otherwise boring game and brought some excitement to those who remained in Citizens Bank Park on this dreary Sunday. With the team trailing 2-1, just having snapped their 16-inning scoreless streak, the Phils were staring down the barrel of Aroldis Chapman. Undeterred, Erik Kratz tied the game with a homer and Freddy Galvis won it with a line-drive shot that just cleared the left field wall.

The Ninth Inning

Delmon Young led off the ninth and promptly drew a four pitch walk from the flame-throwing Chapman. As we all know, D. Young is not the fleetest-of-foot; but still the choice to pinch-run with Cliff Lee is always a questionable one. Lee got caught in a rundown after Chapman attempted a pick-off. It was a poor baserunning move and Cliff knew it. He was visibly frustrated in the dugout as Erik Kratz stepped to the plate. After Chapman threw a few of his signature high-90s fastballs, Kratz zeroed in on one and delivered it to the left field seats. The crowd celebrated, but Lee’s pickoff was still fresh in their minds. Lee’s reaction said it all after the Kratz homer – he knew that would have been the win.

Nonetheless, the game was tied and Freddy Galvis was up. He had started the game at third base, with Michael Young at first, so that Ryan Howard could have the day off (more on him later). Galvis took a 99 mph fastball for a ball and fouled off the next pitch. The third pitch, a slower 95-mph fastball, landed just over the left field wall inside the foul pole for Galvis’ first career walk off homer. For the 15,000-or-so fans remaining in the stadium, it was well worth the patience required to watch an anemic offense play on a misty Sunday afternoon. The low scoring and high drama made it feel almost like a soccer game.



Jonathan Pettibone had another solid outing, going seven innings with just one earned run coming off a Joey Votto blast to centerfield. The Phillies are 5-1 when he starts. Justin De Fratus and Antonio Bastardo each allowed a hit in relief, but kept the Reds from scoring any more runs. Bastardo got the win and becomes the only second Phils reliever with multiple wins on the season.


There’s some bad news on the injury front. As mentioned, Ryan Howard had the day off due to soreness in his left knee. After the game, it was announced that he will undergo a precautionary MRI on Monday. He mentioned that his knee has “been acting up”, and some speculate he may be overcompensating for his previously injured Achilles. If Howard does see time on the DL, it may indirectly give Galvis an opportunity for more playing time.

Carlos Ruiz left the game after the second inning today. He tweaked his right hamstring while running first-to-third on Freddy Galvis’ first hit of the afternoon. Chooch said he felt something “pop” and, like Howard, will have an MRI on Monday.

Game Notes

The Phillies are off to Miami for a 3-game series before heading to DC then Boston…Ben Revere is now batting .406 in the month of May…Tyler Cloyd was recalled to pitch Tuesday…This was the first time ever the Phillies won a game on back-to-back HR’s in bottom of the ninth inning.



  1. lilwengs

    May 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Exciting Ending and Great reporting overall. I found just one error in the article. You listed Ryan Howard’s potential injury as “bad news.” Although I hope it is nothing serious for his sake, I think our lineup would benefit considerably from taking out his strikeouts and adding Galvis’s consistent bat to the order. Now that Revere is starting to get on base, we could present a scary small-ball order with Galvis, Revere, and Rollins (although Rollins hates small ball). Also, having Galvis and Rollins on the left side of the infield would make for some excellent defense.

  2. DavidE

    May 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Galvis needs to get more playing time.

  3. Chuck A.

    May 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I was at the game and was so pissed off that Cliff Lee got picked off that I couldn’t even cheer when Kratz tied it up. Of course, there’s that old thing that suggests that something might not happen because the exact order of things when something occurs is now different. In other words….Kratz might not have even hit a homer if there was a runner on because the pitch selection might have been different, something else might be different, whatever. But still…it was rather maddening at the time!

    So Galvis’ shot was even more sweet as a result. What a finish!

    Oh, and Jonathan Pettibone is pretty impressive.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      May 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      I agree totally. Very impressive to have back to back homeruns, but even more impressive versus Chapman. Now let’s bring up Stutes and cut Durbin loose.

  4. Louis

    May 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Doesn’t De Fratus have two wins?

    • Jaron B

      May 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Brian said “second reliever with multiple wins”

  5. Lefty

    May 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    That was thrilling, Freddy’s ball looked like it just barely made it, but you don’t get extra points for how majestic it is.

  6. Jaron B

    May 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Manuel’s line-ups have become questionable: D. Young in the insurance spot (a.k.a. the 5-hole), and giving Mayberry starts in CF against righties.

    He also makes bad decisions like not pinch hitting for KK yesterday.

    Any news on Mike Adams?

    • schmenkman

      May 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      How is giving Mayberry starts over Revere suspect when Mayberry has hit righties so much better?

    • George

      May 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Maybe you didn’t notice that neither D. Young nor Mayberry were even in today’s lineup.

      Mayberry was hitting fine against righties; Young has to at least be given a chance, and Revere was spending lots of time with Wally Joyner. Not pinch hitting for KK was questionable, for sure, but with the Phils’ horrible middle relief, I can’t call it a bad decision. There were already two outs when he came to bat so there wasn’t a huge chance of scoring 3 runs, and KK in his one extra inning gave up far less than any of the bullpen turds did. Had he left the game earlier, they still most likely would have lost, maybe by an even worse score.

  7. pamikedc

    May 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Back ! And I caught up on all the news too!!

    My experience w the poor in Haiti was breathtaking! They need so much help still.

    Anyways, after being without the internet for 8 days, I heard about Zambrano? Ummm. Ehhhh. Really Amaro? I guess you are still trying.
    Chooch is still not doing much this season. And what in the world is up w Cole?!?! First place if you play like an “Ace!” 1-6!!

    Great to be back. Missed you PN

    • Lefty

      May 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Sup mike, glad to have you back. I hope you were able to do some good there.

    • wbramh

      May 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      The World could use a few million more like you, Mike.

  8. DavidE

    May 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I would play Galvis at 3rd and use Young as the utility man. It’s not that Young has been bad (he has hit into 11 double plays), it’s just at this point Galvis seems to be a better player and has shown more power. Maybe you could start Galvis 3 games a week at 3rd base, once a week at short and once a week at 2nd base.

    Regarding the outfield, Revere is finally showing signs of starting to hit. He really showed nothing for the first 30 or so games. Defensively, Revere failed to execute a double play that should have been made. If he took his time and just made a decent throw, Choo would probably have been doubled off by 15 feet. Instead, Revere rushes the throw and throws it straight into the ground.

    Regarding Kratz, I wonder if he is the only player to have home runs off of both Chapman and Kimbrall.

    • Lefty

      May 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      I think now that Howard is having knee trouble, you might see more of Galvis if Young is helping to man first. I agree Revere is hitting better, kudos to him and the coaches for helping him. His arm is weak, but I do think he slipped today on the wet grass, and that caused the weird throw, just my opinion.

      • wbramh

        May 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        I like Revere’s attitude and spark and he’s pretty damned exciting to watch in the field until he has to throw the ball. Certainly worth staying with him and working on his deficiencies. It seems he could really benefit from custom weight programs that address both his lack of pop at the plate and his arm strength. The latter is always tougher to address since a good arm requires mechanics other than brute strength. I had a rocket of a major league arm as a kid but hit the ball like Shirley Temple and ran about a 2 minute 40.

  9. bacardipr

    May 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I dont see that happening. Even though Young has been hitting in a ton of DP. He is still is hitting. A 6 million dollar utility man i dunno if that would fly with the Phils brass. However with Howards recent knee trouble you may get your wish.

  10. charlie

    May 20, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Howard is a freaking waste. Glad Reuben signed this assclown to a multi year contract. We need to get used to the Phillies of old and be happy with 500 season. The dynasty is over.

  11. pamikedc

    May 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    @Lefty, thanks a lot. It was a successful missions trip

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