The 2013 season has been filled with many blown leads for the Philadelphia Phillies, and Saturday’s game would be no different. However, in the end, Philadelphia would win 8-7 over the New York Mets in walk-off fashion.
Once again, Ryan Howard found success against Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee, hitting two homeruns. Surprisingly, they were only his ninth and 10th home runs on the season and his fifth and sixth home runs off of Gee. On the day, Philadelphia had four long balls, with Michael Young and Eric Frandsen each finding their stride as well.
Howard’s home runs are somewhat surprising as he has struggled this season, but hopefully, he can keep them coming as the Phillies look to get on a much needed win streak. So far, Philadelphia has gone on a few streaks, but they haven’t been able to carry the momentum for long.
Nonetheless, Frandsen came up in the clutch against the Mets and hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run. Ironically, Frandsen was pinch-hitting for closer Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his third save in his last four chances.
Hopefully Saturday’s game is the start of a streak that includes many long balls and hard fought wins. The bats heated up, and that is just what the Phillies need. Most games, Philadelphia fails to get run support and it the offense’s fault that they lose. Howard’s multi-HR day could be the start of a breakout season. If not, Howard led the Phillies to victory rather than striking out with runners in scoring position.
Phil Naegely is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @pnaegelyRS and add him to your circles on Google.