If you waited for the final 15 minutes to catch the end of Tuesday night's game, you saw everything you needed to see.
Summary: After being stifled through eight shutout innings, totaling four hits, the Phillies' bats came alive just in time, biting back with four runs in the home half of the ninth off closer Jose Valverde, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat 4-3. Chris Snelling, in his second at bat of the season, led off the inning with a solo shot. After Valverde plunked Chase Utley in the next at bat, followed by a Ryan Howard strikeout, Pat Burrell lined one into the right-field seats to tie it up. Geoff Jenkins battled Valverde to a 3-2 count until reaching on a passed ball third strike. With the winning run on first, Pedro Feliz gashed one into the left-field corner, scoring Jenkins on a bang-bang play at home. Wow!
Beerleaguer: I followed all but the final half hour on the scoreboard at Reading, thinking, "Time for the bats to wake up already." Talk about digging in. This was a cold night, the ball wasn't carrying, it's early in the season and the offense was missing key players and scuffling. They could have easily packed it in and tried again tomorrow. Snelling must have lit a spark, and Burrell does it again. Remember the days when he was the last guy you wanted up in that situation? Seems like only yesterday. The play at the plate was close, but we've seen too many close calls go the other way to feel guilty about it. Pretty incredible. It's one of the worst blown saves I've ever seen against the Phils.
Great win. Phillies steal it in a flash. To go from eight innings of nothing to a four-run explosion, in minutes ... it's almost inconceivable.