Luke Williams goes from Team USA hero to Phillies hero in 2-1 win vs Braves
Luke Williams was very busy over the past week. It started with Team USA and four qualifying games to help America punch their ticket to Tokyo this summer. He went 8-for-16 with a double, a triple, a home run, six runs scored and six RBIs over the four game qualifier for Team USA.
Last night, Luke Williams launched his way into Phillies history with a two-out, two-run, walk-off home run. He is the first Phillies rookie to accomplish such a feat.
Luke Williams Walk-Off Home Run
Luke Williams was called up to The Phillies on Monday. Tuesday he got his first major league hit. Wednesday, he had a double and a walk-off home run.
The Phillies desperately needed someone to step up last night. Up until the walk-off, they were hitless since Williams hit a one-out double in the fourth inning. Cutch walked in the ninth, putting a runner on base. Brad Miller popped out for out number two. Luke Williams made Will Smith pay for a hanging slider over the plate and The Phillies got a much needed win against their NL East rivals.
After the game, Luke Williams had the entire city of Philadelphia with tears in their eyes talking about how crazy the week had been for him and his family and how much it meant to him to finally get a shot at the major league level.
Zach Eflin pitched six innings, allowing eight hits, one earned run and two walks while striking out seven. Ranger Suarez remained incredible, throwing three innings in relief, allowing zero hits and zero walks, while striking out three. Suarez’s ERA remains at a squeaky clean 0.00.
Eflin watched Luke Williams’ home run from the locker room televisions and called Luke “Captain America.”
Up Next: Zack Wheeler is on the mound against Ian Anderson for a 1:05pm rubber match.
Notes: Didi Gregorius started his rehab assignment with Triple A Lehigh Valley last night. He went 0-for-1 with a walk.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Phillies