Regular Season Ends With A Walk-Off Win

The regular season is over for the Phillies and they closed it out with a win against the Marlins for a final season record of 93-69.  And as usual, it was not without high drama; oh, and extra innings too.  If we have learned anything over the years, it is that the Phillies do nothing the easy way.

Most of the bench players and rookies got some time in today to make their final bid for a post-season roster spot.  Miguel Cairo made his case, going 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and a triple that tied up the game when he scored after a throwing error by the Fish.  Ben Francisco went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk, however, he was picked off trying to steal THREE times.  No kidding.  Another thing we learned today?  Francisco is not allowed to attempt a steal…ever.


100409a.jpgThe pitching was a bit trickier.  JA Happ was only allowed to pitch 2 innings to save his arm for the post-season.  Sadly, he allowed 2 runs in the 1st inning which bumped his ERA up to 2.93 for the season.  Still, that and his 12 wins were an amazing feat for the rookie.

Kyle Kendrick may have pitched his way off the roster as he allowed 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings.  The lefty Sergio Escalona looked a little shaky too as he allowed a runner to score, although it was charged to Brett Myers.


100409b.jpgBut the real drama unfolded in the 10th inning.  Jayson Werth stepped to the plate with a runner in scoring position and 1 RBI needed to reach 100 for the season.  In a shallow and classless act, the Marlins manager intentionally walked Werth, taking away any shot he had at the milestone.  This game was meaningless to both teams, except for possibly a moral victory.  The Marlins had nothing to gain or lose.  In that case, an intentional walk is uncalled for and ruins the spirit of competition. 

Add to that, the Marlins pitcher who was told to walk Werth was Dan Meyer, a Philadelphia-area native who grew up in a nearby town, rooting for the Phillies.  He likely had tons of friends and family there to watch him, and what did they get to see?  Their hometown hero boo’ed mercilessly by an upset crowd who wanted to see the game played out the way it was meant to.  Poor Meyer!  This kid did not deserve to be put in that position.  Manager Fredi Gonzalez, you should be ashamed of yourself!

So Werth went without the 100 RBI mark, but the Phillies ended on a positive note.  Some guy named Paul who?…I mean, Paul Hoover, the 3rd catcher who spent the whole year in the minors, got the winning, walk-off infield single to score John Mayberry Jr. and end the game with a final score of 7-6.  The crowd exploded and the Phillies pummeled Hoover in adulation.


walk-off.jpgAfterwards, the players ran around the field tossing balls and t-shirts to the crowd in thanks for their support.  Shane Victorino threw a ball all the way to the upper deck, into the broadcast booth and announcer, Tom McCarthy caught it on the fly.

The celebration is over now and the real work begins.  The Phillies will take on the Rockies Wednesday; game time has been announced and it is 2:37pm…yuck!  Hey, thanks again MLB…right in the middle of the day while most normal people are at work.  Just sayin’.

Here is the Photo Album from today’s game.  Go Phillies!

Photos by Jenn

 

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8 Comments

I still remember the trick the Phillies played on Kendrick, “Where they traded him to Japan.” Poor guy. That was like top vid on Youtube. : ) Wonderful post.

Ted
http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

Not quite the storybook ending (for the Marlins at least) but I’m sure you aren’t sweatin’ it, eh? Now the real drama begins, Jenn. Here we go!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

You’re right, Jenn. The Phillies haven’t been making it easy on you! But all that hugging and jumping up and down at the end makes it all worthwhile. Or should I say “werthwhile?” Onto the playoffs!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

ya, what a bummer for Jayson. That RBI could have been so huge for him. He’s a class act.. I’m sure he figured it was just part of the game strategy.. although, like you.. I felt it was a sad move.

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Jenn,
I love the players that at the end are making statements like “Pick me skipper!” Padilla had 10 strikeouts in yesterday’s game. Tough decisions for some managers who to add/drop.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Jenn,
What a way to excite and get people pumped for the playoffs.
Not only do you get an extra inning game, but get a walk-off to boost not only the crowd but the players’ confidence levels going into the NLDS.
It could not have been planned or presented better for the Phillies, and they derseve every second of it.
To get back to the playoffs is hard enough, but to come in with a emotional high after a win like that can only help the team get ready for the fight ahead of them………..Way to go!

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Congratulations to your Phillies and good luck against the Rockies.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

All our teams made it stressful at the end. Good luck as the playoff start. And stop on by – I have photos up of my wearing a t-shirt from the “evil empire”…yeah….I lost another wager….

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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