The Philadelphia Phillies are able to avoid the series sweep. The Dodgers avoid the series sweep in LA not that long ago. The Phillies do the same this weekend. A wild finish with a much-needed win in South Philly.
Zach Eflin was firing on all cylinders. He struck out a career-high 12 batters and only allowed four hits. Two of those hits were solo home runs. Eflin finished the day with 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, and 12 K.
It Wasn’t Pretty
It turned out to be one of the wildest finishes to a Phillies game in recent memory. Roman Quinn sat on second and Garrett Stubbs on third with two outs in the 10th inning. The White and red pinstripes trailed by one run. They needed Bohm to come in the clutch.
The Phillies’ seemed as frustrated as the fans. Rhys Hoskins beat up a trash can after grounding into an inning-ending double play in the eighth. In his second at-bat, he crushed a line drive to deep left-center and was robbed by Cody Bellinger. In his third at-bat, home plate umpire Dan Merzel missed a pitch well outside the zone and called it a strike to put Hoskins behind in the count.
Phillies were down a run with two outs in the ninth with nobody aboard. Nick Castellanos doubled and Jean Segura followed up with a single to tie the game. The Dodgers took a one-run lead in the 10th inning, the Phillies came back again with two outs when Alec Bohm grounded a ball softly to second base. A little luck finally goes the Phillies’ way. Max Muncy booted the ball and it went behind him. The error allowed Roman Quinn to come all the way around from second base to score the walk-off run.
Stubbs shined while filling in for JT Realmuto. He hit his first career home run. He also walked, bunted a runner into scoring position, singled in extra innings, scored the game-tying run, and threw out a runner at third on a bunt. In eight starts, Stubbs is 10 for 24 (.417) with two doubles, a triple, and a homer. With his help, the Phillies are able to avoid the series sweep.
The 19-22 Phillies head to Atlanta to begin a seven-game NL East road trip against the Braves and Mets. This could be a turning point for the Phightins if they can string wins over division rivals. After those two series, it only gets harder. They take on the Giants, Angels, and Brewers, who are three teams with near-.600 winning percentages. Zack Wheeler will open things up for the Phillies at 7:20 p.m. in Atlanta Monday after pitching seven scoreless innings in his last start.
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