(Big, giant hat tip to Corinne (@Ut26) for tonight's recap title. She is the awesomest.)
Tonight, the Phillies won on a 10th inning walk-off home run. How they got there isn't important. What's important is that they won.
But you know what? We're going to talk about it anyway.
In the fourth inning tonight, the Phillies had the bases loaded with no outs.
You can't not score this inning, Phillies.— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) September 13, 2014
So sayeth philsandthrills the Great and Powerful. But then.
Are you fucking kidding me Phillies— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) September 13, 2014
What happened in between?
A) Marlon Byrd fell into a gopher hole.
B) Ryne Sandberg accidentally challenged a walk from his own team.
C) After Dom Brown hit a flyout, Carlos Ruiz hit into an inning-ending double play. (It's this one.) (Seriously.)
Ruiz has grounded into 11 double plays this season ... *five* of them have come in his last eight games. That's not a good ratio. #Phillies— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) September 13, 2014
In the eighth inning, the Phillies had two runners on with one out. What do you think hap -- you know what, why play around. Marlon Byrd hit into an inning-ending double play.
It was that kind of offense that led the Phillies to their 20th extra innings game of the season, and their 13th at home. Well, that kind of offense and another great outing from Cole Hamels. Hamels got himself into trouble often tonight -- the Marlins notched nine hits over seven innings -- but allowed just one run to cross the plate. Cole Hamels is very, very good.
Cole Hamels ERA since starting on 5/11: 2.06— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) September 13, 2014
If Hamels is done, he's set a modern Phillies record (since 1914) with his 20th straight start of 5+ IP and 3- ER http://t.co/PS4bBrjft5— Paul Boyé (@paul_boye) September 13, 2014
The Marlins last hit was in the sixth inning, when Adeiny Hechavarria blooped a single to right to score their only run. After that, Cole Hamels and the Phillies no-hitter brigade retired 12 straight batters. Jonathan Papelbon and Jake Diekman were good and all, but you know who I want to talk about. And that's Kenneth Robert Giles.
Ken Giles threw nine pitches in the eighth inning. Eight of those pitches were strikes. The ninth was almost a strike, but it was hit by Jarrod "I don't want Ken Giles to have an immaculate inning" Saltalamacchia. It was only momentarily disappointing though, because if I were a betting woman, I'd bet you that Ken Giles gets at least one of those before his career is over.
Ken Giles' ERA is 1.11. Seriously, I love him.
In the tenth inning, in his fifth at-bat of the night, Ben Revere finally got a hit. Then, Cody Asche squared up the ball and hit himself a no-doubter that went 10 rows deep.
Watching the Phillies win is never not fun.