It was fun while it lasted. Phillies win streak snapped on bullpen implosion. With two outs and two strikes, closer, Corey Knebel not only blew the save but, the game as well. Gavin Lux went from goat to hero with a two-run walk-off double to salvage one game for the Dodgers.
To the Game:
Lux had an easy play on a Bryson Stott grounder. It’s not easy if you don’t make the play. The ball went between the legs of Lux with Philly going on to score four unearned runs.
“I’m sure (the error) was on Gavin’s mind all day long, I don’t want to say it’s the biggest win of the year with a short sample, but it’s a big one. Guys are feeling real good right now.”Dodgers Manager, Dave Roberts.
Newly anointed lead-off hitter, Rhys Hoskins poked a two-run single with Garrett Stubb’s (2 hits) knocking in another. Aaron Nola flirted with disaster a few times but gave the Phils a quality 7 inning allowing just 4 hits, and 2 runs while walking two, and fanning 8. Philly had a golden opportunity with the bases loaded in the 7th that was ended with perhaps the most embarrassing at-bat in baseball history.
Odubel Herrera actually swung at a pitch that went between his legs…I kid you not. That was a harbinger of things to come. After a Mookie Betts solo shot, and a Betts RBI double off Jeurys Familia, it became simply a matter of Knebel putting the Dodgers down for the win.It was fun while it lasted.
To The Finale
An old adage says, “the best-laid plans of Mice and Men”. Knebel was cruising and needed one strike to give Philly a 6-1 West Coast record. Cody Bellinger laced a two-out, two-strike triple followed by a Chris Taylor walk to bring up the embarrassed Lux who dumped a ball in the right-field corner to end the festivities.
LA improves to 21-12 with Philly dropping below the .500 mark again with a 17-18 record. The Phils return home after a travel day Monday to host the San Diego Padres. Philly posted 50 runs in the seven-game trip.
“Probably shouldn’t even have been in that situation anyway, so I kind of had to make up for earlier,” Lux said after his first career walk-off RBI.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.