Aaron Altherr headed to the batting cage around the fifth inning and took more than 100 swings of soft toss.
"You never know when you need to be ready," he said with a smile.
Altherr proved to be the hero on Sunday, cracking a pinch-hit game-tying three-run homer in the eighth inning and setting the table for Freddy Galvis to eventually drive home the game-winner in the 10th via a sacrifice-fly to center.
The 6-5 win marked the third time the Phillies have won in walk-off fashion this year and snapped a five-game losing streak.
"[Altherr] has a high ceiling," said Phillies manager Pete Mackanin. "To me, it's always been the length of his swing. It was always a little bit contorted, but he's shortened it and now with the bat on his shoulder he take it from 'point A' to 'point C' while eliminating 'point B' and that's a good thing. He's direct to the ball and I think he's growing with confidence."
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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