As Friday night’s game wore on and the Phillies’ bullpen continued to hang zeroes on the scoreboard another dramatic win seemed almost inevitable. Better yet with the Phillies figuring ways to get runners on base the odds were that they could push one of them across. And for the third night in a row they did. The Phillies opened the series against Arizona with a 4-3 victory Friday night at Citizens Bank Park scoring their third straight walk-off win and the fourth one since Sunday. Making the streak of walk-offs even more rare is the fact that the Phillies got the one against the Diamondbacks with a walk from Chase Utley on a 3-2 curve from lefty reliever Eury de la Rosa. Three straight walk-offs four in a week and one on a walk-off walk? “Any time you have a walk-off it creates confidence and excitement and right now it’s carrying over to the next day” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “It feels good and we’ll continue to build on it." It’s almost routine the way the Phillies have found ways to win games since Sandberg took over. With five wins in the manager’s first eight games the Phillies are showing a little more focus and consistency. During a 4-19 stretch right after the All-Star break the only consistency the Phillies showed was for making outs. But that was then. In a short time Sandberg has the Phillies buying into his team-first concept that centers on pregame preparation and togetherness. “That’s what he’s been preaching since he’s taken over here” said Utley who got his first walk-off since August 2007. “I think guys are buying into it. We’re all supportive of each other and doing the best we can.” With Sandberg at the helm rookies like Darin Ruf and Cody Asche have thrived and catcher Carlos Ruiz has found his batting stroke after a slow start to the season. Additionally the young corps of bullpen arms also have stood up in some pressure situations. Pitchers like Justin De Fratus Jake Diekman Cesar Jimenez Zach Miner and B.J. Rosenberg have been tossed into pressure situations for the first time and have come out on the other side with good experiences.
Utley lifts Phillies past Diamondbacks 4-3
CSN Philly | Aug 24