The beating heart - buzzing, really, in a way that would make a doctor remove his stethoscope and demand answers - of the Philadelphia Phillies, Ben Revere, motored the team to victory last night with some late inning heroics worthy of a better team in a more meaningful game.
In the first game of the year at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies were losing, after Aaron Harang gave up runs immediately following his CBP debut as a Phillie. The offense managed to get four runs across, and turned to Ryne Sandberg like a kid being forced to eat their greens, asking, "Is that enough?"
It wasn't. They were down 5-4 as the game entered the ninth, and the 12 remaining fans demanded a reason not to go home to their families. The team's response was a classic 2015 Phillies rally in which somebody scored accidentally on a misplayed bunt. This followed suit with their other scoring mechanisms of the evening, which included:
- "Ryan Howard RBI ground out"
- "Russ Canzler scores on throwing error"
- "Cody Asche RBI sac bunt on a play that was challenged by the Phillies, I don't know"
Cody Asche also had a lead-taking RBI single, and went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and Jeff Francoeur reportedly went 3-for-4 with a double. But in the ninth after tying the game at 5-5, with a runner on second, the next two hitters broke land speed records as they flew out (Grady Sizemore) and struck out (Odubel Herrera). In buzzed Revere like a heroic hummingbird.
The Phillies faced their first test at their home field this season, and passed. Which gives you a real good feeling about the following 163.
I'm waking up to find Ben Revere hit a walk-off HR last night at CBP. Ben, why are you wasting one of your 2 HRs in a fake game, my man?— John Stolnis (@FelskeFiles) April 4, 2015