Nothing beats a walk-0ff win but three of them in a four game series has to be unusual, especially in a battle against the two team with the best records in the Australian Baseball League.
Over the weekend the Phillies prospects played key roles in the first-place Adelaide Giants winning three of the four game series against the second-place the Perth Heat. The amazing fact was that the Giants won all three games in walk-off fashion. They have owned their last at bat most game this season at home.
The Giants have six walk-off wins and are 13-3 in 16 home games. Plus, they won two other home games by scoring winning runs in what turned out to be their last at bat in the bottom of the eight inning in each game.
Overall, they have a 19-9 record of all games played good enough for a three-game lead and the best record overall in the ABL. Because of the wild fires in the country, a four-game series in Canberra was cancelled two weeks ago, with two additional wins and losses credited to each team to give the Giants a 22-11 overall record.
In Friday night’s walk-off, Mitch Edward singled a runner to third and the winning run was driven in by a sac fly RBI by Rix Wingrove in the bottom of the ninth.
Saturday afternoon in the ninth inning of the first game of a doubleheader, catcher Logan O’Hoppe walked, moved to second on a sac bunt by Wingrove, then moved to third on a hit by Ben Aklinski and scored a base hit by a since traded Phillies prospect, Curtis Mead. Watch below.
The Giants walked off Sunday’s game on a two-run base hit which scored Mead who had walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth.
In 81 home games the Phillies had only seven walk-off wins in 2019. After Sunday’s win, the Adelaide Giants already have six walk-offs in only 16 home games. You can watch the video HERE, be sure to scroll down to the Phillies’ entry.
Who would have thought learning how to play walk-off baseball is one important reason to play development baseball in Australia?
Also, the Phillies announced their non-roster invitees to the major league camp today. Read HERE.