In a second half full of losing skids, a managerial firing and sinking into the abyss, the past two nights have been enjoyable baseball from these rejuvenated Phillies.
For the second straight game, the Phillies (57-70) won in walk-off fashion over the Rockies (59-70) with a come-from-behind push in the ninth inning, this one a 5-4 decision.
It all started with two outs. Jimmy Rollins doubled down the right-field line, then stole third base before Michael Young hit a dribbler just past Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt for a game-tying infield single.
And the Phils weren’t done. Betancourt was relieved, Chase Utley walked which led to Domonic Brown ripping a single to right to score Young and kickoff another celebration.
In jubilation, Carlos Ruiz hugged Young at the plate, Brown pumped his first and spiked his helmet and Cliff Lee even tumbled over amid the mobbing near second base.
It was fun to watch. Aside from last night, when was the last time you said that about the Phillies?
• Since going scoreless in Ryne Sandberg’s first two games as manager, the Phils are 4-1
• The win marked the Phillies’ 10th walk-off victory this season
• The Phils took three of four games from the Rockies to win their first series since Aug. 6-8 and their second since the All-Star break
• Ruiz went 3 for 4 and is hitting .297 since his 2-for-20 start
• Making his Phillie debut, Roger Bernadina started in center field and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts
• Darin Ruf hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning for his ninth of the season
• Utley went 1 for 2 with three walks and is hitting .333 with four doubles, a triple, home run, seven RBIs, seven walks and a .424 OBP over his last 16 games
The Phillies welcome the Diamondbacks to Citizens Bank Park this weekend for three games. Here are the probable pitching matchups:
Friday — Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61) vs. Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56)
Saturday — Ethan Martin (2-2, 5.23) vs. Randall Delgado (4-4, 3.82)
Sunday — TBA vs. Patrick Corbin (13-3, 2.45)