Erik Kratz has been a very pleasant surprise for the Phillies since he took over for Carlos Ruiz in late July. He entered the night with a .921 OPS with 14 of his 24 hits having gone for extra bases. He’s done a good job behind the plate as well, having thrown out at least three attempted base stealers from his knees. His great performance continued last night when he not only survived an earth-shattering hit from Chipper Jones at home plate in the fourth inning, but played the role of hero, hitting a lead-off, game-tying solo home run against one of the best relievers in baseball in Craig Kimbrel.
Also during the game, Phillippe Aumont made Dan Uggla look silly and John Mayberry hit a go-ahead three-run home run that pushed Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy into puberty. After the jump, click the link below to reveal some .gifs and a video.
Kratz goes up looking for a first-pitch fastball in the upper 90’s. Instead, he gets an 86 MPH slider.
Kimbrel throws another 86 MPH slider to get ahead 0-2.
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out that Kimbrel is nearly unbeatable when he gets ahead 0-2.
Kratz finally got his fastball and didn’t miss.
The Phillies went ahead in the 10th inning on Mayberry’s three-run home run. Click here to see the homer and to hear T-Mac reach puberty. I’ll embed the video when it becomes an option later.