This game was like the menu at the Cheesecake Factory. It had everything. There were clutch hits, big outs from the pitching staff, strange plays in the field, great plays in the field and even a little dustup in the dugout. In the end, the Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3, on the strength of Hunter Pence's two-run home run in the 10th inning. As important as Pence's homer was – he had been in an 0-for-12 slump – it was just one piece of one of the Phillies' best and most entertaining wins of the season. Where to begin? How about with the defensive play of the season? It came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and the score tied, 3-3. St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams doubled to the wall in right-center. Yadier Molina, the potential go-ahead run, was off on the crack of the bat from first base. Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino chased down the ball, made a perfect throw to second baseman Freddy Galvis, who, from right-center, threw a strike to catcher Carlos Ruiz to nail Molina in a crash-and-tag play at the plate. How impressive was the play? Ask leftfielder Juan Pierre. "It's a beautiful thing, just how you draw it up, and they executed it," Pierre said. "Big-time play, a game-saver. It doesn't show up in the box score, but if we don't make that play there's a good chance we lose the game. That's what you call playing on both sides of the ball."
Pence's blast gives Phils hard-fought win over Cards
CSN Philly | May 26