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Juan Pierre wins it for Phillies in 11th

Aug 12, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

Juan Pierre

Juan Pierre has collected more infield hits than anyone else in the game since arriving in the majors in 2000, but he had never won a game with one until now.

Pierre beat out a grounder to deep short in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Jimmy Rollins and give the Phillies an 8-7 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

It was Pierre’s sixth career game-winning hit. Half of them came in the Marlins’ championship year in 2003. He also had one for Florida in 2005, one for the White Sox last year and now today’s. All six hits were singles, but the first five all went to the outfield.

The Phillies were in a position to win it today because journeyman catcher Erik Kratz came up big with a three-run homer in the eighth. The 33-year-old Kratz entered the 2012 season with 40 at-bats and one RBI as a major leaguer. Filling in for Brian Schneider earlier and Carlos Ruiz currently, he has five homers, five doubles and 12 RBI in 45 at-bats this year.

The victory went to Jeremy Horst, his first in 27 appearances as a major leaguer. Left-hander Barret Browning took his second loss in three days for the Cardinals.

  1. salvomania - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Cardinals get 14 hits, Phils get 7 hits—and make 3 errors—yet the Phils come out on top.

    After taking a 3-run lead in the top of the 8th, Scrabble enters the game to face the Phillies’ lefties and promptly walks the first two, at which point he’s replaced by Boggs who promptly surrenders the game-tying 3-run blast to Erik (Who?) Kratz, who’s now slugging .800 as Chooch’s replacement.

    *%#$@ walks!!!!

    • greymares - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Thats Baseball. lol.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Phillies playing the role of spoiler now, doing a decent job so far.

    • sneschalmers - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      • sneschalmers - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        Aw, it was supposed to cue up to 2:28. Stupid embedding.

  2. panktics - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    What a comeback! Check out my sports blog at Phillie fans we r expanding and getting a Phillie writer.

    • sneschalmers - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      I normally don’t do this, but since you are promoting a blog that features your writing as a key selling point:
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  3. sgtr0c - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Charlie knows when it’s time to “Release the Kratzin’ “………. what, c’mon, it’s all we got this summer…lol. Well, that’s what me and the mrs’s cheer for on a Summer Sunday afternoon. Woot, go Phils!

  4. Old Gator - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Way to go, Peanut Head. Keep at it.

    • cur68 - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      Yaeh. He IS The Ophence.

  5. stlouis1baseball - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    The Cardinals out hit em.’ The Cardinals out pitched em.’ The Cardinals played better defensively.
    They took a 3 run lead into the 8th. Then promptly give up consecutive walks. Subsequent 3 run dinger and…tie ballgame.
    Then to “top” things. They lose on an 11th inning walk off infield single to Juan Pierrer.
    That’s Basball…and precisely why I love it. Damn infield single.

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