May 25th, 2017 marks a very important day for the Philadelphia Phillies. What happened? Well, they finally won a damn game. This marks the first win since last Friday’s game against the Pittsburg Pirates and only the fifth win in the entire month of May.
Now you might understand why I was so frustrated with the losses. Winning five out of 22 games in May is not a good sign of what’s to come later in the season.
Vince Velasquez was on the mound today for the Phillies against the Colorado Rockies. Originally, I thought this game was going to be a disaster. I just imaged a Rockies team with hot bats going up against a fastball pitcher who struggles with throwing too many pitches. Look, the Rockies scored a total of 23 runs to our five in the past three games of the series.
This game had disaster written all over it, but Velasquez handled it pretty well. He gave up one run in the 4th inning, but other than that, and allowing a few hits, he ended up doing enough to allow the Phillies to work their way back into the game.
Tommy Joseph is the true hero in this game. He hit a home run in the 7th to tie it up, but neither team was able to score in regulation after that. The game went to extra innings on an overcast day in Philadelphia. Finally, in the 11th inning, Joseph scored an RBI when he hit a walk-off hit that allowed Michael Saunders to score.
Also, a quick shout-out to everyone’s favorite closer Jeanmar Gomez who pitched in the 11th inning for the first time since coming off the disabled list. He actually pitched well in his inning of work, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start to work his way back into the closer position.