Final Vote In Mind, Victorino Comes Through

Originally posted on Phillies Nation.

Shane Victorino has been around the city promoting his candidacy for the Final Vote. Handing out flyers, shaking hands and signing autographs help, but proving why he should be selected is more important. Shane Victorino (2-for-4, 2 SB) did that in the ninth inning.

In the fourth, the Cincinnati Reds took a 2-0 lead on Lance Nix's RBI single and Ramon Hernandez's sacrifice fly. In the bottom half of the inning, Ryan Howard returned the favor with a RBI single of his own.

Starter Rodrigo Lopez pitched five innings allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four. Still, the Phillies had trouble manufacturing runs, leaving nine men on base. Additionally, they were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The Phillies pitching kept them in the game, and one swing off the bat of Jayson Werth tied it in the sixth. Werth's nineteenth home run of the year made it a new ballgame.

The Phillies bullpen pitched four shutout innings. Ryan Madson's two innings were key, giving the Phillies a chance in the bottom of the ninth.

Pedro Feliz led off with a single. Paul Bako failed to bunt him over, and Eric Bruntlett flied out. Jimmy Rollins worked a two out walk, and Victorino was given the perfect opportunity to make his campaign speech. He singled to center, scoring Feliz. A walk-off single and that was the ballgame. Phillies win 3-2.

Call of the Day: Last April, the Phillies had an exciting walk-off win off the bat of Pedro Feliz.

"Smoked. Down the left field line. Going all the way to the
corner! Here comes Jenkins, being waved around. The throw to the
plate.. he's safe at home plate! Phillies win 4 to 3 with a three run
ninth inning! Pedro Feliz with a big game winning double! Jenkins
was flying around third and scored the winning run. What a comeback by the
Phils, who led the majors in come back wins last year and they had several again
this year as they comeback from 3-0 in the ninth inning and come back to win it
4 to 3. Wow.

Our Chevrolet players of the game; the Phillies offense in this ninth
inning. Pinch hitter Chris Snelling homered. Pat Burrell
homered. And Pedro Feliz the game winning double. The Phillies
offense, our Chevrolet the players of the game."


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