Welcome to Philadelphia, Raul Ibanez.
Summary: With Heath Bell scratched, Ibanez teed off on Padres substitute closer Edwin Moreno for a walk-off, two-run home run to cap a 5-4 win and their fifth come-from-behind victory of the season; all five of the Phillies' wins are of the comeback variety. For Ibanez, who's hitting .386, it was his fifth homer of the season. Down 4-0, the Phillies battled back using three home runs, including a two-run shot by Chase Utley, who's off to a blazing start, and a pinch homer by ice-cold Jimmy Rollins, who started the game on the bench. The Phillies received four innings of unsung shutout relief from J.A. Happ and Clay Condrey after five mediocre innings by Chan Ho Park. Ibanez erased a handful of missed opportunities by the Phillies' offense early in the game, which was held to two runs, one earned, by rookie hurler Josh Geer. With the win, the Phillies are 5-6, exactly where they were after 11 games last season.
Not to be forgotten: Charlie Manuel shakes up the lineup and the Phillies win, thanks in part to a pinch homer by Rollins. Matt Stairs held his own in right. Ryan Howard made three outstanding defensive plays today and punched a ball into shallow center to get on base for Ibanez in the ninth. Edwin Moreno is former Phillies farm property. Ibanez is tied for the league lead in home runs.