Brignac's walk-off hit lifts Phillies past Mets

The Phillies' Domonic Brown watches his three-run shot on its way to the right-field stands in the fourth inning.    RON CORTES / Staff
The Phillies' Domonic Brown watches his three-run shot on its way to the right-field stands in the fourth inning.    RON CORTES / Staff
Posted: June 01, 2014

Reid Brignac made his first Phillies start a memorable one. Brignac hit a game-winning single to left field with the bases loaded in the 14th inning to give the Phillies a 6-5 win over the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

Justin De Fratus, one of six Phillies relievers who combined for seven shutout innings, earned the win with two hitless innings in this 5-hour, 23-minute marathon.

“This is definitely one to remember for me,” said Brignac, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley on May 9.

In the last few innings the wind became a factor, holding up some hard-hit balls.

“The wind changed somewhere in the five hours and 23 minutes,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “It made it tough on hitters and there were a couple balls hit good that were knocked down.”

Marlon Byrd led off the 14th against righthander Jenrry Mejia with a fly ball to right that was dropped for a two-base error by Chris Young. Young said the wind had nothing to do with him dropping the ball.

“It was just a flub-up,” Young told Mets reporters.

Carlos Ruiz then singled up the middle, sending Byrd to third.

“Chooch had a quality at-bat there,” Sandberg said. “He was trying to get him over or get him in.”

Pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez was intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out.

Brignac, who entered the game with just six plate appearances, then delivered his game-winner.

“I had a good feeling stay confident and try to get good pitch,” Brignac said. “He threw me a cutter that caught a lot of the plate and I didn’t miss it.”

It was his second career walk-off hit. On Sept. 13, 2010 while playing for the Tampa Bay Rays, Brignac hit a walk-off home run during the 11th inning of a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees.

The Phillies had chances in the 12th and 13th innings.

In the 12th, Ruiz hit a two-out single against righthander Vic Black. John Mayberry Jr., who entered the game 1 for 16 against righthanders, singled past shortstop, putting runners on first and second, but Black got out of the jam by striking out Brignac.

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley drew two-out walks in the 13th inning against Black, but Ryan Howard struck out looking.

The Phillies received seven sometimes-brilliant, other times frustrating, innings from A.J Burnett. The righthander allowed five earned runs on five hits. He struck out 11, the 33d time in his career Burnett has recorded double-digit strikeouts.

The righthander also walked six (one intentionally) while throwing 116 pitches.

“Today is a right step in what I want to do on the mound but the walks, I get my two a game is fine but six, no,” Burnett said.

In the second inning Burnett walked the first two batters.

The Mets eventually scored three runs on an RBI double by Lucas Duda, an RBI groundout by Travis d'Arnaud, and a run-scoring single by Ruben Tejada.

The Phillies scored an unearned run in the third inning. Burnett singled and went to third on Rollins' single and an error by Abreu, who bobbled the hit in right field. Utley then hit an RBI groundout to second.

Domonic Brown gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead with a three-run homer to right field in the fourth. Brown hit a 2-0 fastball off Rafael Montero for his fourth home run. Entering that at-bat, Brown was batting .199.

“I didn’t’ miss the fastball, it’s that simple,” Brown aid. “I got in a hitters count and put the barrel on the ball.”

Abreu gave the Mets a 5-4 lead with a two-run double to right in the fifth.

In the bottom of the inning, Byrd drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Ruiz's double down the third-base line. Brown's RBI groundout to short tied the score.

In the eighth inning Abreu led off with an infield single against Jake Diekman. The 40-year-old then stole his 400th career base.

The Phillies appealed the call, but after just 54 seconds it was confirmed, and Abreu was on second with nobody out. Duda then struck out on a 3-2 fastball. Abreu took third on d'Arnaud's flyout to right.

Mike Adams then relieved Diekman and got Tejada on an inning-ending groundout and the game went on and on.


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