Despite the best efforts of Bob Davidson and Juan Pierre, the Phillies refused to lose Tuesday night. John Mayberry wouldn’t allow it, and one of the loudest crowds Citizens Bank Park has seen in several years was treated to extra-inning heroics not once, but twice.
In a game he didn’t even start, Mayberry tied things up in the 10th inning with a solo homer to left-center and won it in the 11th with a walk-off grand slam that gave the Phillies a 7-3 win over the Marlins (see Instant Replay). He became the first player ever to hit two extra-inning home runs with one as a grand slam. He also became the first Phillie to hit a walk-off grand slam since Dale Murphy did it against the Cubs on Aug. 6, 1991. In the process, the Phillies advanced to 3-1 in extra-inning games this season.
“It feels pretty good, I can't lie to you,” Mayberry said. “It's definitely a first, so it'll definitely be one of the days I remember forever.”
Mayberry’s first homer came after Pierre manufactured Miami’s go-ahead run in the 10th. The speedster walked, advanced to second on a bunt, stole third easily and scored on Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch to put the Phillies behind, as they were for much of the night. The Phils trailed for the first six innings while collecting just one hit.
“I think it definitely picks you up and it definitely brings life to you,” Charlie Manuel said of the wild, come-from-behind win. “I like the fact that most of our crowd was standing there. They kind of got a little rowdy, I like that too.”
Most of the rowdiness was geared toward Davidson, an umpire notorious for his imagination, whose interference call on Ben Revere in the eighth inning cost the Phillies a crucial baserunner. Davidson ruled that Revere grabbed Miami second baseman Dan Dietrich's legs, and therefore ruled Michael Young out at first, turning a fielder’s choice into a double play. Replays showed otherwise.
“Clearly, I did not grab his leg,” Revere said. “I know [Davidson] was standing right there, he said he did see it, so I’m just like, man needs some glasses or something. He says, 'Interference,' I said, 'What’d I do?' He said, 'You grabbed his leg,' I was like, 'How?' He said, 'You grabbed it,' I was like, ‘My hand’s on the ground.’
“I don't know, it’s ridiculous. I enjoyed the fans getting after him too.”
That they did. For the next two innings after the call, a throaty CBP crowd booed every ball, every call, every umpire interaction. A few “Bob, you suck” chants broke out.
“Bob’s kinda getting a little old,” Charlie Manuel quipped after the game of the 60-year-old ump.
Davidson’s call was far from the only obstacle the Phillies had to overcome to improve to 29-30 on the season and 8-4 against the Marlins. After six lifeless innings against Ricky Nolasco, the Phils finally broke through in the seventh with three doubles, including ones by Delmon Young and Erik Kratz that just missed going over the wall in left-center and right, respectively.
That knotted things at two, and scoreless innings by Jeremy Horst, Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon in relief of starter Jonathan Pettibone sent the game into extras, where Mayberry gave the Phils their two best swings of the night.
“Sometimes, [with] John, if you can get him on certain pitchers, that’s when he becomes much better,” Manuel said. “Sometimes when he comes off the bench -- I wouldn't call John a great pinch-hitter -- but when he goes into a game and gets some time in a game, in his next at-bat he becomes much better. He kind of runs in spurts.
“He put some good swings on the ball tonight. I liked him on that side-arm guy (Marlins closer Steve Cishek). I like him on that guy because he keeps the ball down and John's a down-hitter.”
The positive vibes from Tuesday night’s thriller can heighten on Wednesday afternoon if the Phillies finally sweep the Marlins and get back to .500, a mark that has been elusive all season long.
“Tomorrow's the day we're gonna be trying like hell,” Manuel said. "Tomorrow's the day we got a big chance, so we'll see if we can go at it.”
Cole Hamels (1-9, 4.86) will be charged with that task.