Philadelphia Phillies infielder Reid Brignac hit his first home run of the season in dramatic fashion tonight. Brignac came to the plate with runners on first and second after Domonic Brown drew a walk and Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch by Padre reliever Nick Vincent. Brignac then hit a three-run homer to right to give the Phillies a 3-0 win.
Phillie starter Cole Hamels pitched a masterpiece tonight, going eight innings and striking out 11 batters. He allowed only five hits and one walk. Hamels was lifted in the bottom of the eighth for pinch hitter Tony Gwynn Jr.
Jonathon Papelbon came into a tie game in the top of the ninth and pitched a clean frame, striking out one. Papelbon picked up his second win of the season with Brignac’s heroics.
Padre starter Tyson Ross pitched a very good game on the other side as well. Ross went seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits, and a walk while striking out seven. Ross was lifted for pinch hitter Will Venable to lead off the eighth inning.
Brignac collected three of his five RBI on the season on one swing, but he is no stranger to late game heroics. Brignac scored a walk-off single earlier this year for the Phillies in a game against the New York Mets on May 30th.
Brignac is filling in for the injured Cody Asche at third base. He will likely return to his role as a utility infielder once Asche returns from the disabled list. But with four of his five RBIs being of the game winning type, you can bet he will get plenty of chances for more late inning heroics.