Luke Williams has been the talk of the town for his dramatic walk-off home run on Wednesday night. The two-run blast, the first of Williams’ career, came in his second big-league game and first start, and lifted the Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
The Phillies won again in walk-off fashion on Thursday to overtake the Braves for second place in the NL East. After stroking the game-winning hit, Jean Segura credited the momentum that Williams helped build the night before for the team’s ability to come from two runs down in the bottom of the 10th and win, 4-3.
Williams wasn’t alone for his game-winning home run Wednesday night. He was joined by Andrew McCutchen, who drew a huge, eight-pitch walk to get on base two batters before the home run, and 13,552 of his newest best friends.
What’s the saying? Philadelphia loves a winner. Yeah, that’s it. And they sure loved Luke Williams on Wednesday night. Though that crowd of 13,552 was the second smallest in the history of the ballpark (when open at full capacity), the eruption made it sound like the place was full.
Behind home plate, Williams’ family — mom, dad and two siblings — soaked it all in.
What an incredible feeling it must be to see a loved one become the subject of such adulation in the blink of an eye.
“Indescribable. Amazing,” Mark Williams said the day after his son’s heroics.…