Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ty Kelly walk-off single lifts Phillies past Braves in extras

Ty Kelly hits a walk-off single to lift Philadelphia past Atlanta
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin hasn't had a whole lot to smile about this year, but following Saturday night's 4-3 comeback victory over the Braves he just couldn't help himself.

"Then we went to the tie-breaker ... in Ty Kelly," Mackanin said with a chuckle. "I had to use that."

Kelly singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning to lift the Phillies to their third straight win. It was the first walk-off hit of his career. He has 13 hits this season, five of which have been go ahead hits.

"I've had some big opportunities off the bench, and it's always nice when you can capitalize on those situations," Kelly said.

Kelly's walk-off wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for Odubel Herrera's solo shot in the ninth to even the contest and send it to extras.

Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff tossed five innings, surrendering three runs but only one of which was earned.

"It's been a test all year," Eickhoff said. "To be able to put things in line and make some pitches there at the end, that's the biggest thing. I'm learning from mistakes, and that's what it's all about."

The two clubs resume their four-game set on Sunday with Vince Velasquez set to oppose knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Streak Extended
Phillies reliever Luis Garcia extended his career-long scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings on Saturday night. It's the longest single-season streak by a Phillies reliever since Larry Andersen's club record of 32 2/3 in 1984.

Sunday's Lineup
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Aaron Altherr, RF
4. Nick Williams, LF
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Odubel Herrera, CF
7. Maikel Franco, 3B
8. Andrew Knapp, C
9. Vince Velasquez, P

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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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