Howard Comes Through
July 26, 2007
Rollins, ss; Victorino, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Burrell, lf; Helms, 3b; Barajas, c; Eaton, p.
It might not have been pretty last night, but the bottom line, it was a win. That’s all that counts.
Ryan Howard’s 421-foot walk-off homer in the bottom of the 14th provided the victory in a 4-hour, 52-minute game that featured 26 hits, 13 walks, 15 strikeouts and 22 runners left on base. Each side used eight pitchers and combined, there were 446 pitches thrown. Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook must have seen pitch after pitch in his sleep.
Yes, the bullpen had a meltdown in the ninth. That will happen. And, the Phillies got a big break in the bottom of the ninth enabling Jimmy Rollins to circle the bases and tie the game. Luck comes into play during the long journey.
The game ended at 11:57 p.m., a little more than 13 hours shy of this afternoon’s game. The handwritten note on the eraser board in the middle of the clubhouse said: “Thursday, 1:05 game; players dressed, 11:15.”
I was told a long time ago by General Manager John Quinn, “If you want to be in this game, you have to learn to sleep fast.”
A handful of players were here at 9:15 this morning, including Chase Utley. He’s always an early bird.
Fans were setting up tailgating at 9:30 across the street from Citizens Bank Park.
Minor League Notes
Two players from the Clearwater Threshers have been promoted to the Reading Phillies:
**LHP Joshua Outman, who was 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA; 117 strikeouts in 117.1 innings.
**CF Greg Golson, a .286 hitter who was leading the Florida State League with 119 hits.
Reading’s CF, Javon Moran (.298) moved up to Ottawa.
Advance sales for the weekend series with Pittsburgh: Friday, 31,000; Saturday, 42,000 (standing room only available) and Sunday, 37,000.