Castellanos with a Walk-Off Victory Over the Padres

Nick Castellanos did it again. His third walk-off hit of the season gave the Philadelphia Phillies a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres. Just like that, the Phils are rejuvenated after losing two series in a row on the road, they have a chance to sweep the series at Citizens Bank Park. The ninth inning started with Bryce Harper singling; he went to third on Alec Bohm’s base hit to center field. Then Bryson Stott punched a ball to the left to tie the game at three. Castellanos came to the plate already with three hits and a run scored on the night. The Phils right fielder wasted no time as he popped Padres’ closer Robert Saurez’s first pitch down the right-field line, and the ball went into the crowd for a double and a win.

“By the way that the ball was coming down,” said Castellanos, who is 6-for-9 with four doubles in the two games against the Padres, “I knew it was going to stay fair. It was all about if he was going to catch it or not.”

“A big moment, obviously,” said Harper. “He’s really good. So, to be able to jump on him like we did, a couple hits in a row right there and you win a ball game. That was huge. The opportunity rose for Nick and he came up big for us.”

Nola Deals

For five innings, Aaron Nola had a gem going. He had allowed only one baserunner – Donovan Solano reached with a one-out single in the fifth – but he was erased on a strike ’em out, throw ’em out double play to end the frame. In the sixth, it changed for Nola, who was coming off his shortest outing of the season when he gave up eight runs in three-and-two-thirds innings against the Boston Red Sox. He allowed a leadoff walk to David Peralta. Then Luis Campusano drove a ball to center field that just cleared the wall and was inches beyond the glove of Christian Pache. Then with two outs, Jurickson Profar knocked in Tyler Wade to make it 3-1. It was the only inning of the game that the Padres sent more than three men to the plate.

“I felt good,” said Nola, who went six innings and gave up three runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. “I threw a few bad pitches in six and they capitalized on it. I can’t walk Peralta to lead off the inning. That hurt me. I was trying to get a sinker down at the bottom of the zone to Campusano and it came up a little bit. I mean they capitalized on some balls over the middle of the plate.”

Save the Best for Last

The Phils had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Castellanos, who had doubled, scored on a Brandon Marsh single up the middle.

Meanwhile, out of the bullpen, Orion Kerkering, Matt Strahm, and Jeff Hoffman faced nine hitters combined and got them all out.

“I think we have a lot of strengths,” said Phillies manager Rob Thomson, “but our bullpen is certainly one of them because we have those power arms, guys that throw strikes and come right after people and they’ve got great stuff. They can hold the team down and that’s what they did tonight.”

In the eighth inning, Kyle Schwarber blasted his sixth home run of the month and 17th of the season to cut the Padres lead to one. He set the stage for the ninth and the Phils’ 25th win in their last 28 games at Citizens Bank Park.

“It’s pretty much sold out every night,” said Castellanos about CBP where the Phils have won 22 of 26-night games this season. “All the fans are pretty violently cheering for us. You know, it’s not an easy place to play for the visiting team, I’m sure.”

Rock Hoffman
Rock Hoffman

Rock Hoffman has been covering sports in the Philadelphia region for over 30 years. He’s been the co-host of a radio show – SportsPage – on the Delaware Valley Radio Network (WRDV.org) in the time. He’s reported on games involving all the Philadelphia teams at the profession and collegiate levels. During his career he’s provided coverage for a Super Bowl, an All-Star Game, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games as well NFL, MLB and NHL playoff games. Additionally, he’s the College Football Editor for Football Stories Magazine (FootballStories.com).

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