From the Theater of the Bizarre, Phillies win, 12-6 over the Nationals. This was anything but a routine afternoon match-up between the Nationals and the Phillies. Injury and a bizarre incident were the stories in this one.
Home plate umpire, Brian O’Nora was injured when a foul tip off the bat of Josh Bell hit O’Nora in the mask. The injured umpire made an effort to stay in the game but as per Catcher JT Realmuto, “He wasn’t right then complained that he had to throw up.” O’Nora finally left the game a few pitches later with the whole crew leaving the field with him. The game would continue with a three-man crew.
In another scary scene. Nats starting pitcher, Austin Voth squared to bunt but a 96 mph Vince Velasquez fastball ricocheted off his helmet catching Voth in the nose, breaking it. Voth walked off under his own power albeit with a towel in an effort to stem the bleeding. Velasquez was clearly upset and also left the game. Velasquez was still shaken after the game.
Philadelphia reeled off a seven-run inning coming off just three hits when the game went from dramatic to a bit comedic with a fly ball that Jordy Mercer dropped, two bases-loaded walks. Brad Miller scoring a third-strike wild pitch. Odubel Herrera (2 for 5, 1 run scored, and two RBIs off a single in the big inning.) Brad Miller (1 for 2 with a walk and three RBI’s) crushed a mammoth blast to the second deck and JT Realmuto connected for his 100th career homer.
The Strange Continues
After all this “action” the stars of the game were the most unlikely of unlikely. The netting behind the plate suddenly broke loose and it took roughly twenty minutes for the ground crew to rectify. It was a bizarre Phillies win but a win is a win.
Oh, By the Way
Chase Anderson and David Hale were placed on the COVID protocol list and as a result, Hector Neris (who finished the game) was activated off the paternity list. Left-handed pitcher, Christopher Sanchez was recalled from AAA Lehigh Valley. As for Austin Voth. He did not fly out of town with the Nats but stayed behind to have his nosed repaired.