Disaster Averted with 6-5 Phillies win. While the rest of the world is slowly getting back to “normalcy”, the Phillies bullpen is ahead of the curve. After Zach Eflin weathered a 44-minute rain delay (no pun intended) he was outstanding with a 6 inning, 7 hits, 1 run and three strikeout performance.
The Moniak Maniacs rejoiced when Moniak connected for a three-run jack. That seemed to be the difference in the way Eflin was dealing. Only one problem. Brandon Kintzler got lit up and only survived 1/3 of an inning surrendering 3 hits, 3 runs but striking out 1.
Former Phillie, Darin Ruf supplied the damage with a three one-run blast. The Giants would scratch out a 5-4 lead after Andrew McCutchen dropped a fly ball to set the stage for the white-hot, Bryce Harper (2 for 4 with a walk) who blasted one to tie the score.
Bryce is our leader,” Moniak said. “Today, after losing that lead, it was tough. But having a guy like that come up and hit that big home run and come in the dugout and fire us up, it gave us a sense of encouragement.”
Onto the ninth, they would go. Harper drew a five-pitch walk. Brad Miller picked up his fourth hit of the game. It was time for Andrew Knapp to center stage. He did just by knocking Harper home with the walk-off single. Disaster averted in the 9th with some Phillie’s fireworks.
“I love when Knappy does good things,” Eflin said. “We knew if he came up with a runner in scoring position, it was going to be game over because he expresses confidence in those situations. He’s cool, calm, and collected.”