Thome’s memorable day to achieve Phils milestone
A wall-off home run in the ninth innings was hit by Jim Thome on Saturday which resulted in a 7-6 victory for the Phillies against Rays. That was the 609th career home run hit by him, tying him with Sammy Sosa for the seventh place in all time history, and he was the 13th career walk-off homer, which earns him the top place in Major League history. He will never forget this moment.
At Citizens Bank Park, when Thome sent Jake McGee’s fastball which is almost 97-mph, to 15 rows far into the left-field stands, the Phillies camp emptied and every one was waiting to meet him at home plate.
This victory was exceptional. Not only did it aid the Phillies to move up in the competition and ranking in the East National Confederation and finish their next walk-off win in the last week. It was also a happy moment for the manager Charlie Manuel as it was the 900th win of his career. He was a man who made a long time bond with Thome which goes back to the days when they were with the Indians.
“To achieve that for him and aid your club to get a victory, that’s definitely very crucial.” Thome said. He also mentioned “Mainly all the things he has endured with me, our past, the times we have been with each other. All these are unquestionably the most exceptional.”
A 13-year expert made his 17th career home run when Thome’s longball covered an approximately three hour ad forty minutes game which has nine pitchers and the first carried save for an exceptional dependable closer in the game.
A 6-4 lead was taken by the famous Jonathan Papelbon which caused the rise for the Phillies. Jeff Keppinger had his first game after he was removed from the disabled list. On the other hand, Brooks Conrad was allowed the RBI singles by him and then his departure from the game was with his first carried save in 18 chances.