PHILADELPHIA -- There was no chance Brad Brach was going to be able to hear the 75 or so friends and family who attended the Padres game on Friday against the Phillies at Citizens Banks Park, not with a partisan (and sold-out) crowd of 44,056 making plenty of noise.
Yet when Brach, who grew up one hour away in Freehold, N.J. started to warm-up in the visiting bullpen, he heard one familiar voice above the din of noise coming from Phillies fans -- that of his 30-year-old brother, Brian.
"I heard him yelling, '58' the whole time I was warming up," Brach said, referring to his uniform number. "He was all pumped up."
He had a good reason to be, as did Brach, who entered the game in the sixth inning with a runner on second base and one out after starting pitcher Clayton Richard left. Brach proceeded to strike out Brian Schneider and then got Jimmy Rollins looking at a 94-mph two-seam fastball to end the inning.
"There were a lot of people here ... my high school basketball coach, a lot of people I haven't seen in a few years," Brach said. "Everyone was so excited. And to do well, that made it even better."
Since returning from Triple-A Tucson on May 4, Brach hasn't allowed a run in four innings. He has eight strikeouts over that span.