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Howard’s Walk-Off Caps 9th Inning Comeback

Ryan Howard and the Phillies celebrate (Photo Credit: Matt Slocum/AP)

The Phillies miraculously pulled off a ninth inning comeback in their 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.  Ryan Howard smacked a walk-off home run, but that would not have happened without a clutch hit from Chase Utley.

The Phillies found themselves trailing 3-2 entering the ninth inning.  The Rockies had just scored a run in the eighth inning after DJ LeMahieu homered off Jake Diekman.  Tony Gwynn Jr. started the rally by reaching safely on a throwing error.  Ben Revere followed with a single, and with two on and two outs, Chase Utley stepped to the plate.  Utley lined a single past the second baseman and into right field.  Gwynn rounded third as Michael Cuddyer fired home.  The throw was slightly off line and Gwynn slid in safely to tie the game at three.

The momentum quickly shifted into the Phillies’ direction.  Ryan Howard fouled off a few pitches before launching one into left-center field.  Ben Revere danced home, Howard trotted the bases, and the Phillies won in walk-off style.  Howard had a big game at the plate; he also singled in a run during the third inning. He finished the night with four runs batted in.  During the series against the Rockies, Howard drove in a total of nine runs.

Hernandez Allows Two Earned Runs

Roberto Hernandez pitched 5 and 2/3, allowing two earned runs on six hits, including a home run.  He had trouble finding the zone, as he walked five batters.  He struck out four.



  1. Andrew from waldorf

    May 29, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    Now bring on the Mets for the biggest series in a long time.

    I can feel a 5 game sweep!

    • Ken Bland

      May 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Tell ya what. You take that 5 game sweep feel, and I’ll take a plan on the worst position of the Mets taking 4 of 5, and we’ll see which one turns up reality. I don’t necessarily think NY 4 more than you really think the Phil take 5, but it sets up standards to compare.

      Seems like the Mets might have a couple edges in the starting matchups. Hamels draws Niese. That’ll set a record for most times opposing each other. Seems as constant a pairing as Chamberlain drawing Russell everytime the 10-9-8-76ers drew Boston.

      Mets have won 5 straight at the Bank, and are as allergic to a 4 game win streak as the Phils.
      This rivaly kinda reminds me of Eagles-Dallas. The 2 teams don’t seem to be good the same year too frequently. But it should be close, leaving the pairs masses of not real interested hope tossing between the mirage of contention and more often mediocore.

      • Andrew from waldorf

        May 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        I have bet 50$ per game on this series. On the Phils and Have a nice better record bet with a Mets fan for the season.

        So I am excited.

        I also figure some of the guys here who hate me can get satisfaction if the Mets sweep the Phils I am out 250$

        Thanks for the the support, kind word and analysis.

        This is going to be a series for the ages.

        I definitely think mondays pitching match up favors the Mets.

        Colon ( sideshow bob) vs Fausto.

        The marquee match up.

      • Ken Bland

        May 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

        “This is going to be a series for the ages.”

        I love me some understatements. GO PHILLIES!!!!! I don’t know where, but just go, or as the ever popular George M III used to say, “lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.”

  2. Rabbi

    May 29, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Ah, the little things. So many games swing on the little things in baseball. They create (or destroy) that ever-fickle “momentum” in America’s pastime. The 4-run rally in the 9th was started with an error on an otherwise routine grounder to 2nd. Things snowballed from there, and for once this season, the Phils actually won a game like thins.

    The crescendo came on the Big Piece crushing a low-and-away slider the other way. Strange as it may sound, down-and-away is Howard’s happy-zone…but only when he’s not trying to pull the ball!! I’m hoping that he is finally over his pull-happy period.

    • TimC

      May 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Nice to have the breaks falling on the Phillies side for a change, isn’t it! Mets will hopefully be a nice treat after playing so many top teams lately.

  3. jeff orbach

    May 29, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Looking at the picture with Papelbon celebrating like that he might be too sore to pitch – we have to watch that

  4. crow

    May 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Before my head exploded, Jamie Moyer’s never-ending pitching clinic informed me that fastballs get to the plate faster than breaking balls, that inside pitches saw off bats, and that sliders speed up the bat (because, of course, they aren’t fastballs).

    There’s a new Captain Obvious in town.

    • Lefty

      May 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Would you rather hear a “never ending” patter that hitters like pitches “middle in”? That was a funny comment crow.

      • photoFred

        May 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        Speaking only for myself, if I never hear “middle in” again I’ll be just fine, thank you.

  5. George

    May 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I’m displeased that no mention was made about Adams getting out of a bases-loaded-no- outs-jam in the eighth. No telling what would have happened had those runners scored. That was the real momentum shift.

  6. Jacob Muran

    May 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    No more usage of Bastardo or Diekman in non-blowout situations please

    • crow

      May 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      What really perplexed me is why Adams wasn’t kept in the game to pitch the next inning, after throwing only five dynamite pitches.

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