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.