The Philadelphia Phillies are going so good right now, they’re even getting help from the umpires.
After getting a fortunate call in their season-high sixth straight win, the Phillies look to wrap up a four-game sweep of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Randy Wolf pitched seven strong innings for his fifth straight victory and Philadelphia benefitted from an overruling in their 7-6 triumph over Arizona on Sunday. The Phillies, who opened the four-game set with Saturday’s doubleheader sweep, got what appeared to be a two-run double from Mike Lieberthal in the second inning. Television replays clearly showed the ball hit the top of the fence.
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel came out to argue that the ball had landed in the flower box just beyond the fence and should have been a homer. The umpires then convened and awarded Lieberthal the home run.
“If the ball hits the flowers, it’s a homer,” Manuel said.
Asked if he saw the replays, Manuel responded, “I don’t need to see them.”
Lieberthal did see the replay and felt he got a break. “I saw it on the video board and it wasn’t a home run. It was about two inches short. I’ll take it though,” he said.
The victory helped Philadelphia climb out of last place in the NL East, and move within one game of first-place Washington in the tightly packed division.
The Diamondbacks have lost four straight and eight of their last 10 games.
One bright spot from Sunday’s loss for Arizona was veteran outfielder Luis Gonzalez, who belted his 300th career homer.
“It was very special because I had three of my roommates from college flown in for the game,” he said. “We picked the date early in the year, but I really didn’t know it would happen in this game.”