“I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at McFadden’s, his hair was perfect… Raaaaaaauuuuuul.”
Raul Ibanez absolutely smoked a baseball in the bottom of the 10th as he propelled the Phillies over the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, with a walk-off home run.
Ibanez’s shot came with one out in the bottom of the 10th off Braves reliever Scott Proctor. It left his bat in a hurry and was gone as soon as he hit it.
Roy Halladay was fantastic as usual, but this time, a decision was not on the books for Doc. Halladay went seven strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven.
Atlanta got on the board first in the bottom of the 2nd. After a Chipper Jones single, Carlos Ruiz allowed a ball past him and Jones moved into scoring positon. He was then driven in by Freddie Freeman to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
The Phils answered right back in the bottom half with a Wilson Valdez sacrifice fly. But Atlanta made it a 2-1 game in the 4th when Dan Uggle hit an RBI single.
Then it was time for Ruiz to make up for his mistake in the 2nd. Chooch led off the bottom of the 4th with a solo home run that just made it over the wall to tie the game, 2-2.
But it was Halladay’s, Braves starter Brandon Beachy’s and the bull pen’s game the rest of the way. Beachy allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out six in six innings. The Phils got great innings out of Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo before extra innings and the Braves got three strong innings from their bull pen.
Juan Perez pitched as perfect of a 10th inning as you could ask for, striking out the side on nine pitches. He set up Ibanez for the heroics, earning Perez his first career major league win at the ripe old age of 32.
HR: Ruiz (4), Ibanez (11).
WP: J. Perez (1-0). LP: Proctor (1-3).