Long and wacky game at Turner Field on Monday night for the Philadelphia Phillies, who won 6-1 in 13 innings. Hot and steamy conditions. Chance after missed chance by Philly to put the Atlanta Braves away sooner, or vice versa. Amazing plays, puzzling plays, and a few delays. A victory, but one that took a toll. Thankfully, outfielder Marlon Byrd had a small reserve in the tank to help out his smallest teammate, Ben Revere.
Needing a lift to get from the outfield to the high-five line in the infield, Revere asked Byrd for a ride and he obliged, giving the diminutive fella a piggyback ride for the final 50 feet or so, when Revere got down and met up with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, et al. It's good for Revere he's only about 150 pounds.
Revere explained to TV that he needed the help because he was hurting:
"I kind of banged my knee up on the catcher earlier in the game, so he kinda wanted to help me out so I didn't have to run as much back to the dugout. But I'll be fine."
Still, it was a fitting way to celebrate such a strange game. A relief pitcher took an at-bat. Umpires reversed themselves without using video replay, then replay refused to reverse their reversal when the Braves challenged the call and seemed to have a case. The best defensive play of the night could have been made by a fan on a home run by Howard. The clubs combined to strand 22 runners. And then the Phillies scored five runs in the 13th after a line drive by Howard went through the legs of the usually trustworthy Freddie Freeman.
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