Lighnting Replaces Fizzle
Gloomy and drizzling. That was Sunday’s weather at Citizens Bank Park. For the Phillies offense, it was gloomy and no fizzle. Then, without thunder booming anywhere, lightning struck.
Scoreless for 16 innings, the Phillies pushed across a run in the eighth, cutting the gap to 2-1. Cliff pinch-ran for Delmon who started the ninth with a walk against flame-throwing closer Chapman. Cliff made a mistake and was picked off first. He returned to the dugout, an angry person and sat with his head down muttering to himself.
Eric, who entered the game when Chooch left with an injury, drilled a game-tying home run to left, which could have been the game winner. Up stepped Freddy who delivered the dramatic, game-winning home run. Against lefthanded pitching, he now has three hits this season, two being home runs. Smiles were everywhere, including Cliff.
From Elias Sports Bureau: The Phillies hadn’t hit back-to-back home runs capped by a walk-off shot since they did it against the Cardinals at Baker Bowl on September 15, 1922. Butch Henline’s solo shot, his third home run of the game, tied the score at 9-9 in the bottom of the ninth and Cliff Lee (no, not the pitcher) followed with a game-ending homer.
With the win, the Phillies took the series from the Reds. We’re at May 20 and we will no longer see Cincinnati this season. We’re at May 20 and haven’t seen the Nationals yet.
That all changes soon. After the game, the Phillies took a happy flight to Miami to start of an eight-game, I-95 east coast trip, Miami to Washington to Boston.
Saturday Night Live
The Phillies, Lehigh Valley. Reading and Lakewood were all home this weekend.
On Saturday, the combined attendance was 64,513, a day in which the friendly weather wasn’t ideal.
Minor League Report, Weekend Edition
**Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3, the loss coming Sunday 11-0, getting just 3 hits. 2B Cesar Hernandez was 4-8 in the first two games with steals #11-12.
**Reading was swept in all three games by Harrisburg. 1B Jim Murphy hit his 9th homer on Saturday.
**Clearwater lost 2 of 3 to Tampa, the losses coming in 13 and 10 innings (Friday & Saturday).
**Lakewood won Friday, lost Saturday and was rained out Sunday. 3B Mitch Walding, 4-8, including 9th double.
May 20, 1983–LHP Steve Carlton moves into second place on the all-time strikeout list ahead of RHP Walter Johnson when he fans San Diego SS Garry Templeton (#3,509) in the second inning of a 5-0 Padres win.