Drought Ends Dramatically
What a time to bust one.
Homerless in September and scuffling at the plate, Howard delivered a two-out, two-run, game-winning blast in the top of the ninth inning to turn a sure defeat into a one-run win on Wednesday night, a night in which the Phillies had three runs and three hits.
From Elias: Howard had been hitless in his previous 19 at-bats against left-handed pitchers, the longest such drought within one season of his major-league career. He also snapped the longest home run drought of his major league career. Howard had not homered in his previous 67 at-bats prior to his ninth-inning blast.
J-Roll started the game with another home run (fourth pitch) and the Phillies didn’t get another hit until Mayberry’s one-out single in the eighth. Chase had a great at-bat and worked a walk. Howard hit the second pitch off the facing of the upper deck.
Horst got an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the eighth to keep it at 2-1 for New York.
The lead-off homer was the sixth for J-Roll this season. Club record is nine in 2007 by you know who. Six is now second best. Next on the list is five by you know who. At one time the club record was four by Juan Samuel (1989) and matched by Lenny Dykstra (1993). J-Roll joined that party of four three times.
It was his seventh homer this month. Club record for September is 11, Howard in 2007 and 2008.
J-Roll is the Phillies nomination for the annual Roberto Clemente Award. He will be recognized pre-game on Sunday.
Winner will be announced during the World Series. Fans can vote at www.MLB.com/Clemente/Award.
Two Phillies have won the award, Greg Luzinski in 1978 and Garry Maddox in 1986.
Chipper’s Last Visit
Braves 3B Chipper Jones makes his final Philly visit this weekend. Phillies will present him with a gift pre-game on Friday. J-Roll and Chase will make the presentation.
Chipper will be a sure-bet first-ballot Hall of Famer some day.
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