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Top 5 Walk-Off Hits of The Philadelphia Phillies 2013 Season

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Top 5 Walk-Off Hits of The Philadelphia Phillies 2013 Season

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The 2013 Philadelphia Phillies season has been an interesting one to say the least. The men in red have one a countless number of games at home, on the road, in the spring and summer. They have beaten teams with ease along with grinding out tough, hard fought victories. They have beaten divisional rivals as well as various National and American League teams with total teamwork and clutch individual play. That being said, we all know they have won games in a plethora of fashions as aforementioned, but in lieu of their recent walk-off victories last week, we are going to take a look back at their best five walk-off moments.

Albeit, there are plenty of heroes and plenty of moments, this list is narrowed down due to a stretch of criteria including: excitement, clutch factor, importance of the game and a few others. Some of these games date way back in April, when the fate of a season isn’t necessarily decided, but key early wins that are important nonetheless. Some of these situations and plays could be up for debate, but it is for you as fans to decide and be interested to see if your favorite player is next on this list.

These five plays may not be a personal favorite of many, but it allows us to open our eyes and look back on some positive and optimistic moments from the 2013 Major League Baseball season and shows us promise that this Philadelphia Phillies team has the ability to be one of baseball’s best.

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5. Dominic Brown

Dominic Brown
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On June 17, 2013, the Philadelphia Phillies gave up two runs in the eighth and ninth innings respectively, making them tied entering the bottom of the ninth. With two on and two out, Dominic Brown stepped up to the plate and delivered his first career walk-off hit, off Nationals pitcher Fernando Abad. The win gave the Phillies a key June win against a division foe, and brought them within one game of second place in the NL East.

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4. Kevin Frandsen Double

Kevin Frandsen
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On opening weekend of Citizens Bank Park in 2013, the Phillies were facing Royals Closer Greg Holland, down 3-1 with two outs. With the bases loaded, Kevin Frandsen stepped up to the plate and smoked the first pitch of the at-bat into right center, clearing the bases and giving the Phillies a major early-season victory at home.

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3. Kevin Frandsen HR

Kevin Frandsen HR
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On June 22, 2013, the Philadelphia Phillies once again turned to Kevin Frandsen and once again, the Phillies utility player delivered again. After the New York Mets scored twice to tie the game in the ninth, the Phillies came to the plate. After Mets Pitcher Carlos Torres relieved David Aardsma, Frandsen walked to the plate and drilled a 1-0 fastball into the seats in left. The win gave Frandsen another notch on his belt and gave the Phillies their only win of the series.

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2. Freddie Galvis HR

Freddie Galvis
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Entering the game on May 19 against the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies were looking for a win to win the game and series. Down by a run in the bottom of the ninth, Cliff Lee entered the game as a pinch runner and was picked off, leaving the Phillies with only two outs remaining. One pitch later, however, Catcher Eric Kratz drilled an Aroldis Chapman into the left field seats. However, Freddie Galvis was not to be outdone, as he took Chapman’s fastball and snuck it right inside the left field foul pole only three pitches later. The win gave the Phillies huge contributions from two unlikely players, allowed them to win a key series vs. the Reds and go 7-3 in the course of a 10-game stretch.

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1. John-Mayberry HR

John Mayberry HR
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The No. 1 walk-off victory of the 2013 Philadelphia season happens on a muggy Tuesday night in June. Down one run to the Miami Marlins in the 10th, John Mayberry Jr. stepped up to the plate and decked a solo homer to tie the game. Think that’s the end? No my friend. One inning later, in a tie ball game, Mayberry Jr. stepped up to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. Then, as Edgar Olmos threw his 1-1 pitch, Mayberry Jr. belted the ball into the left field flower bed, giving the Phillies a big win over their rivals from Miami. The win brought the Phillies to within one game of .500 (where they got to the next night) and kept them in the NL East race. Though it wasn’t a World Series walk-off, it was by far the most exciting walk-off hit of the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies season.