Yesterday it was like old times for the Phillies organization. The three-run homer made its debut as the weapon of choice in close and late games. The Threshers Art Charles got the game into an extra inning win with one with two outs in the ninth against the Ft. Myers Miracle. Not to be out done Cameron Perkins use one in the bottom of the 12th with two outs for the Reading Fightin Phils to walk off the Trenton Thunder. Ditto for Ryan Howard to break a tie score in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to get the Colorado Rockies off the field in Citizens Bank Park.
Nothing beats the three run dinger. I have been concerned about the lack of power at the 50 game mark in the season for both Charles and Perkins. Going into yesterday’s games they each had hit only two home runs all season. If these two guys have any hope of playing in the big leagues they need to go deep more than once a month. They showed they could do it yesterday as they both hit their third home run of the season.
I do not like the bunt. To me it is like giving the other team an out. Other than a pitcher I want to see swings. Let it be hit and run plays or even a batter swinging and missing to protect a runner trying to steal. Since spring training and into the season I have never seen the Phillies position players at all levels trying to bunt early and often, even with two strikes on them in the count. As I would say “forget about it”. Dial up the long balls that we saw yesterday afternoon at Bright House and last night at First Energy Stadium and Citizens Bank Park.
I grew up about 60 miles north of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. Orioles manager Earl Weaver back in the day always made it sound like he personally invented the three-run homer as he led the them to post season success. Then, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel came along and added it to the Phillies arsenal which brought them to World Series and post season play year after year. I say forget the bunt and go yard instead.
Let’s hope this is the start of something big for Howard, Charles and Perkins. The Phillies organization is definitely not going to bunt themselves into the post season as hard as they may try. With the types of stadiums they play in, it’s the long ball, not small ball, that will win them more games for the rest of the season.