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Back to Back Late ... But Not at Home

Been a long time since Phillies went back-to-back in the ninth inning or later at home.

Back to Back Late ... But Not at Home

Here are the last 12 instances of Phillies’ back-to-back homers in the ninth inning or later. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Here are the last 12 instances of Phillies’ back-to-back homers in the ninth inning or later. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Before Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis did so yesterday, the Phillies had never hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning or later at Citizens Bank Park ... or Veterans Stadium.

The last time they did so in a home game was May 8, 1970, when Deron Johnson and Don Money connected in the ninth inning of what would become an 8-4, 12-inning loss to the Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium. Between then and yesterday, the Fightins have clubbed late back-to-backers 10 times, all on the road. That includes doing so on back-to-back nights in Colorado in 1999.

Here are the last 12 instances of Phillies’ back-to-back homers in the ninth inning or later:

 Date  Opponent  Inn.  Batter  Batter  After  Final
 May 8, 1970  Dodgers  9th  Deron Johnson  Don Money  T  4-4  L  4-8 (12)
 April 20, 1987  at Expos  9th  Lance Parrish  Glenn Wilson  W 4-2  W 4-3
 May 8, 1999  at Rockies  9th  Rico Brogna  Ron Gant  W 7-2  W 7-2
 May 9, 1999  at Rockies  9th  Rob Ducey  Desi Relaford  W 10-8  W 10-8
 Aug. 1, 2000  at Padres  9th  Scott Rolen  Pat Burrell  T  9-9  L  9-10 (10)
 Aug. 9, 2003  at Giants  10th   Pat Burrell  Jimmy Rollins   W 8-5  W 8-6
 May 4, 2005  at Mets  9th  Chase Utley  Bobby Abreu  L  2-3  L  2-3
 Sept. 3, 2005  at Nationals   9th  Ryan Howard  David Bell  T  4-4  L  4-5
 April 24, 2009  at Marlins  9th  Shane Victorino   Chase Utley  W 7-3  W 7-3
 Sept. 18, 2009   at Braves  9th  Jimmy Rollins  Ben Francisco  W 9-3  W 9-4
 April 23, 2012  at D'backs  9th  Shane Victorino  Carlos Ruiz  L  5-9  L  5-9
 May 19, 2013  Reds  9th  Erik Kratz  Freddy Galvis  W 3-2  W 3-2
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