Bullpen Implodes in Phillies Loss

Bullpen implodes in Phillies 9-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Despite the building being fully open, just 13,125 spectators attended the game at Citizens Bank Park. A passing rain event delayed the start of the contest for 45 minutes and the NBA playoff game across the parking lot was likely to reason for the sparse attendance.

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A few bright spots occurred in the one. Aaron Nola picked up an RBI on a “safety squeeze”, pinch hitters were productive with Brad Miller picking up a pinch single and would later score. In a “feel good” story, Luke Williams made his first major league appearance and got his first hit on a bunt. An errant throw ended with Williams getting all the way to third base.

Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto each picked up the long ball game with homers. That’s where the good stuff ended.
Nola was not on his game but his teammates kept him in the contest. Nola went 5 innings with 4 earned runs off 7 hits, 2 walks and striking out 5. Austin Riley (3 for 5, 2 RBI’s) opened the scoring with an RBI double with Ronald Acuna Jr. (3 for 4, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI) crushed a 460 foot home run in the third making it a 2-0 game.

Nola cut in to 2-1 with his safety squeeze but William Contreras homered in the 4th to reclaim the two-run lead, 3-1. Harper (1 for 3 with 2 walks and a solo homer) took his turn to get to another one-run disadvantage. Freddie Freeman delivered an RBI si gel in the fifth with Jean Sevura delivering an RBI double.

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Realmuto took his turn at the long ball and the Fightins were just that. Brad Miller with a pinch single to set the stage for the disaster that was the bullpen and the eighth inning. Dansby Swenson walked, Abraham Almonte singled.Exit Brogdon enter Sam Coonrod.
Contreras with an RBI single with an errant throw from Coonrod allowing Almonte to touch the plate.

Ronald Acuna singled scoring two more and the inning closed 9-5. Shane Greene made his season debut for Atlanta. Things didn’t go so well with him allowing the Realmuto tying homer and singles from Alec Bohm (2 for 4) who is showing signs of breaking out of his slump, and the steady, Ronald Torreyes. Bullpen implodes in Phillies 9-5 loss.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.