Philadelphia Phillies Showing Unfamiliar Heroism

By Joseph Hickman
Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies

Michael Young, who has been a whipping boy for the Philadelphia Phillies this year, came through again. He now has two walk-offs hits with in a week, and a game-tying hit  for him.  Okay, fine. The one was on a throwing error. Whatever.

Domonic Brown also played hero, delivering the walk-off in the ninth against lefty Jeff Francis. Remember when Francis was good? Man, that feels like 10 years ago. Actually, its pretty close to that.

Kyle Kendrick, who went five innings while giving up four runs, including a three-run bomb to Wilin Rosario, is on his way to being non-tender this winter. Rosario has now pushed his hitting streak to 13 games. Speaking of  players that might not make it back into the Phils lineup next year, Carlos Ruiz  is making a late surge to catch the eye of Ruben Amaro Jr. He is 10-for-16 in his last five games.

So with the Phils taking three out of four against the Colorado Rockies, next up is Paul Goldschmidt and Arizona Diamondbacks. If you really don’t know who Goldschmidt is, you’re about to find out. The dude is a beast. The 25 year-old is hitting .296 with 31 bombs and 100 RBIs. He also has a OPS of .942.  And Keith Law didn’t think he would amount to anything. Keith, what are we going to do with you?

On the hill tonight for the Phils is Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61 ERA). “Kid” Cole is on a roll even without getting those W’s.  He has allowed more than two earned runs just once in his last nine starts. He will face Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56 ERA). Miley went eight innings in his last outing, while allowing two runs on seven hits with two free passes. He is 4-6 in 15 starts with a 3.86 ERA away from home this season.

Joseph Hickman is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on Twitter @phillytugger, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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