Phils Walk-Off Again, Sweep Brewers

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Michael Schwimer (2-1, 3.86)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-6, 4.80)

PHILADELPHIA —  On the day that Cole Hamels signed a six-year contract extension, there was a lot to be excited about at Citizens Bank Park.

After coughing up a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, the Phillies came back from behind once again as they trailed 6-5 entering their half of the 10th inning. Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single in the 1oth gave the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win and sweep against the Brewers.

John Mayberry Jr. stepped to the plate with one out and was able to work a walk against Francisco Rodriguez. Erik Kratz followed with a double down the left-field line to put runners on second and third.

With a catch to tie or win the game, Carlos Ruiz did not disappoint. Ruiz lifted a fly ball to center field that scored Mayberry which tied the game on a sacrifice fly.

But the Phillies still had a chance to win it. And for the second time in four games, Rollins obliged with a game-winning RBI single that allowed the team to get a walk-off win to clinch the sweep of the Brewers.

The Phillies bats were alive again today as they rebounded from multiple deficits.

When they trailed 1-0 in the 2nd inning, Erik Kratz connected on an RBI single to tie the game up. Chase Utley and Hunter Pence followed with RBI hits the very next inning to give them a 3-1 lead.

Utley finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.

But Vance Worley struggled in the 6th inning which allowed the Brewers to claw their way back into the game. Rickie Weeks hit a solo home run and Carlos Gomez slapped an RBI double that cut the lead to 5-3.

In the 8th inning, Ryan Braun showed why he was the National League MVP as he connected on a two-run bomb off Antonio Bastardo to tie the game.

Gomez proved to be everywhere as he reached in the 10th inning and ended up scoring the then go-ahead run on a shallow pop out by Aramis Ramirez.

After all that happened, the Phillies were still able to buckle down and get key hits when they had to. It was a character-building series and could be a momentum changer going forward.

2B: Pierre (7), Utley 2 (2), Kratz 2 (2).



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