“Captain America” makes history in 2-1 Phillies victory. Luke Williams has been through a lot in four days. Helping Team USA qualified for the Olympics on Sunday, getting the call to join the Phillies on Monday.
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With the call, his parents and sister hopped a plane bound for Philadelphia and were welcomed with the rookie getting a bunt single in his first big league at-bat. Then, then there was Wednesday! Williams became the fifth Phillies centerfielder of the season. He wasn’t finished his big four days. Williams (2 for 4 with a run scored and the only two RBIs team Philadelphia needs).
Showing the poise of a ten-year veteran, Williams walked to the plate in the fourth inning and promptly stroked a double. Zach Eflin (6 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned run, 2 free passes, and 7 strikeouts) was in a groove while the Phils’ offense was sputtering. Ranger Suarez, one of the biggest surprises for Philadelphia this season, would finish things with three scoreless innings and not allowing anything but 3 strikeouts.
The Braves were holding a 1-0 lead as we entered the final inning. With one out Andrew McCutchen singled for the first hit since the Williams double. Brad Miller popped out for out number two which brought up “Captain America” who stole the show with a line drive to the seats in left.
“We kind of spoke it into existence,” said Zach Eflin, who watched on a TV in the trainer’s room after pitching six strong innings. “We were like ‘He’s going to do it right here. Captain America is going to end this right here.’ The next pitch, he clubbed it. It was awesome.”The Phillies dugout emptied before the ball left the yard and a World Series type celebration ensued. Williams was mobbed, got a Gatorade shower, and a big hug from Bryce Harper. The Williams family who trekked all the way from California made one more trip… to the warning frack to greet their phenom.
“It’s pretty incredible to have them here and be able to witness it with me in person,” Williams said. “It’s pretty special. You just can’t make this up. It’s pretty incredible.”
Williams becomes the first Phillie in history to have a walk-off homer as his first home run. Also, the fourth Phillie to have his first blast a walk-off. “Captain America” makes history in 2-1 Phillies victory.