Phillies 6, Pirates 5 (11)
Game 130 - Monday Night, August 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 68-62, 3rd place, 10 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Sean Rodriguez was the surprising hero in this game, hitting an 11th inning walk-off solo home run to send the Phillies to a 6-5 win.
What It Means: Somehow, the Phillies are just a game behind the Cubs for the second N.L. Wild Card.
What Happened: Trailing 4-2, the Phillies took a 5-4 lead in the eighth courtesy of home runs from Bryce Harper (28) and Corey Dickerson (8). Hector Neris, who had been pitching extremely well, allowed a ninth inning home run to Josh Bell, resulting in the need for extra innings.
Brad Miller had homered (5) earlier in the game. Jason Vargas turned in a fine pitching performance, allowing just a run through six innings before getting hit around in the seventh.
Featured Card: Rodriguez made some unfortunate comments after the game, criticizing the booing Phillies fans and referring to the fanbase as "entitled." He's appeared in both team-issued photo card sets this year and I had his second photo card signed at this year's ALS Phestival.
Rodriguez was granted a Topps Now card for his heroics, giving him his first standard-size Phillies baseball card.
Field Report: Doug and I took my Mom and our cousin Clara to this game. Clara is visiting the U.S. for the first time from Germany and I wanted to make sure she experienced the sights and sounds of the ballpark. After a few Tony Luke's cheesesteaks, we took a tour of the ballpark and then settled into our seats to watch a mostly boring game (at least until the later innings).
Before the game, Doug successfully added a Rhys Hoskins autograph to his collection along with another signature from coach Dusty Wathan.
Transactions: Harper returned from the paternity list and Maikel Franco was sent back down to the IronPigs.