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Howard Tops off Comeback with Walk-off Single

Late-inning comebacks used to be a common occurrence in Philadelphia.  The contending teams of the past would often pull off amazing come-from behind victories that got fans pumped.  With the 2014 Phillies far from contention, there hasn’t been much to cheer about; however, a few games this week have given fans a small taste of what that late-inning energy used to be like.  The Phillies pulled off another late-inning comeback in Sunday’s 7-6 win over the New York Mets.  The Phillies trailed 6-1 at one point, but were able to come up with some magic.

In the 7th inning, Chase Utley tripled to bring home a run and make the game 6-5. Utley had a tremendous game, finishing a double shy of a cycle.  He homered in the first inning.

In the 9th inning, the Mets brought in Jenrry Mejia to close.  Marlon Byrd came in to pinch hit with a runner on.  He came through in the clutch, driving home Cody Asche.  After Byrd stole second and the Mets intentionally walked Utley, Ryan Howard was due up.  Howard has had a rough season, including a period where he was benched.  Howard has been better as of late, and he came up big here.  He singled down the line, bringing home Byrd.  The walk-off gave the Phillies a 7-6 win.

Kendrick Struggles

Kendrick lasted five innings.  He surrended 10 hits and six runs, five earned.  He walked three and struck out one.  He surrended home runs to Lucas Duda and Travis D’Arnaud.



  1. BeyondInfinity

    August 10, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I feel that momentum going yeeah, we’re back in it for the wc especially now we got Jerome Williams starting!! This was all part of amaros plan I finally get it. Whoooo world series here we coooome

    • Chuck A.

      August 10, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Beyond – You are more than welcome to join Lefty, Andrew and myself for the parade. However, I must warn you…. Lefty may need to be carried due to that bum leg of his…

      • Lefty

        August 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

        Now we’re talking! 2018 here we come.

  2. Lefty

    August 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    What a great week of games. Sure the team is flawed and nowhere close to as good as 06-11. But for those that aren’t diehards like me, IMO you gave up too early. The team played some very entertaining comeback baseball this week.

    No, I don’t work for the team or this blog. Just saying it was a fun week.

    • Double Trouble Del

      August 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      I agree Lefty. Twice this week I was happy to shout for joy when Howard cane through. Lost in the endless array of sabermetric data we toss around these parts, is the sheer joy of a game winning single to right.

    • Joefa

      August 10, 2014 at 10:32 pm


      You know, you touch on a very intersting point. One that I have been thinking about a great deal this season. I, too, consider myself a diehard fan. I think years of paying for the $5 Yellow seats in the 700 level can attest to that.

      Baseball has always been my favorite sport and the Phils my team. But, I have a true LOVE/HATE relationship with them. It is almost difficult to explain rationally in my mind. Yes, even in this disaster of a season I am still thrilled when they pull one out the way they’ve done so this week. Yet at the same time, I am exasperated by what I see to be imbecility in the way the organization is run. Which, of course, infuriates me.
      I wonder if some PHD can study this contradiction?

      How about this as an example: I attend church with a very high placed Phillies executive who I avoid at all costs simply to save the embarrassment of accosting him about the team. Yet, while in Montreal this summer I went to see Olympic Stadium. Standing behind what was home plate, I YOU TUBED Andy Musser’s call of Schmidt’s homer in 1980. “He buried it, he buried it!” I had tears in my eyes! Is that just too weird?

      • Lefty

        August 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

        That homer in 1980 is one of the highest of highlights in my lifetime. I got choked up just reading your comment. That cold gray October afternoon/evening with the three hour rain delay, and then all the errors, and base running blunders. As extra innings approached it seemed it was a game that was destined to be lost by one of the two teams, not won. But then Schmitty came through in biggest of big spots. I like Musser’s call and Harry on the TV side who said “long drive, watch that baby”! Then he said -something like- Schmidt breaks Eddie Mathews all time single season home run record for third baseman with number 48-

        Wow what a memory.

        We’re all frustrated now, especially after seeing them play so well for a few years.

        So, is it weird you had tears? For most people?, yeah probably, but not at all to me.

  3. Keith

    August 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    It was a great week to see a team that cared and played as teammates. Even the bench players are involved. It’s good to see this out of a team that appeared to have given up.

  4. Double Trouble Del

    August 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Oh too bad Tomas Perez was not in the crowd today with pie in hand.

  5. Morris Buttermaker

    August 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Some times you just need to sit back and enjoy the game for what it is.


    August 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Has been fun, even Friday night as the Phils mounted a comeback that did fall short..

  7. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    The Phils are on their way to finalizing the Met series with a 3 of 4 drop summary, B9, don 5-2. Not that games are played in Casino Park, but they were dogs today, and have 18 games left this month now, all but a good guess of 3 in which they will go in as dogs. It’s a brutal schedule, strikingly similar to the mid June to ASB when they staved off a scheduled trip to 0 under at the break by kicking off with 5 W’s in a row.

    They finish at the Mets, but in the meantime, it’s all .500 or better, including AL opposition, which, historically, goes about as well as Lefty O ‘Fool’s personality. Hope that’s insulting enough.for his ego driven self appointed board cop role in life. Cards, Giants, A’s and M’s. We’ll see what’s behind the surface level effort that matches up with the dog days of August no matter who you lay, or where you rank in the standings. Hamels and maybe a home game or 2 might find ’em favored, but other than that, it’s the challenge of Dog City straight on through to the other side.

    Scratch most of this if they come back from 3 down, tying run in the hole, an out away from another L.

  8. jeff orbach

    August 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    The one thing I really enjoyed about Sunday’s game was not having to see the Mejia chicken dance. That is really embarrassing to watch, I bet his own teamates cringe.

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