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Phillies walk off for the third consecutive game

Aug 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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The Phillies, perhaps coincidentally, have started to play better since firing long-time manager Charlie Manuel and replacing him with Ryne Sandberg. With tonight’s walk-off victory, their third consecutive walk-off, they have won five of their last six games.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Phillies victimized Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, who we later found out was suffering from a sprained right elbow. Tonight against the D-Backs, the Phillies continued to fight back after falling behind early. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, catcher Carlos Ruiz doubled with the bases loaded to knock in two runs and tie the game at three apiece.

Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell relieved lefty Joe Thatcher in the eighth inning, recording the final two outs. Manager Kirk Gibson had him come back out in the ninth, but Bell couldn’t get the job done. Cody Asche and Jimmy Rollins both singled to start the frame, putting runners at first and third with no outs. Gibson ordered bell to walk Michael Young — one of the catalysts in the previous two comebacks — intentionally, bringing up Kevin Frandsen with the bases loaded and no outs, the winning run just 90 feet away. Frandsen struck out on a curve, bringing up Chase Utley. Utley worked the count to 2-0, Bell fought back to 2-2, and Utley took two more balls for the walk-off walk as the Phillies won 4-3.

Starters Cole Hamels and Wade Miley more or less matched each other as Hamels allowed three runs in seven innings and Miley allowed three runs in six innings. Hamels remains at 5-13, the 13 losses tied for the National League lead. The Diamondbacks fall to ten games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and 7.5 games out of the second Wild Card. The Phillies improve to 58-70 but their playoff aspirations have long since disappeared. Too little, too late for the Sandberg-led bunch.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Too little too late for 2013. But this little run has some significance. First off, barring some big losing streak, I think we can now say Sandberg will be back for 2014. Second, they are getting game changing AB’s for guys they need to get a hard look at – not just Asche and Ruf, but even J-Roll and Utley (do tehy still have it?). And kudos to Sandberg for not bunting Asche to 2nd after the lead off single in the 9th (I felt it was the wrong move – so glad to be proven worng!)

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  2. biasedhomer - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Those are some pretty neat unis they got on.

    • forsch31 - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      When I think Phillies, those are the uniforms I see.

  3. mikedi33 - Aug 24, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Actually Bell did not face up Utley, Gibson had brought in Dela Rosa

  4. chew1985 - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Ryne Sandberg will the manager of this team for a VERY LONG TIME.

    At least one good thing happened this year for Phillies fans.

  5. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    He will be manager until Rube is fired…I hope that will not be a very long time. A new manager usually lights a spark, maybe this should have been done when there was still a chance to make the postseason. If they go on a real tear could be said Rube screwed up again.

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