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The Phillies battle back in what seemed to be a long afternoon. In a thriller in South Philly, the Philadelphia Phillies came from seven runs down to pull out an 11-7 victory over the Wahington Nationals. Cristopher Sanchez threw more warm-up pitches than game pitches. In a dismal 1/3 of an inning in which he surrendered 4 runs on 3 hits with a walk and a strikeout. It wasn’t much better for Connor Brogdon. He got lit up for 2 runs off 3 hits walking one and fanning 2 in his 1 2/3 innings.
Come Along for the Ride
Pitching and defense should have signaled doom as the Phils committed four errors. Yadier Hernandez started things off with a double that scored three runs. This was followed by a Tres Berrera double and just like that, Washington went in front, by a 4-0 score. Josh Harrison tacked on two more with a blast to left and Patrick Corbin grounded to second with Jean Segura making a wild throw home to push it to a 7-0 advantage in the third inning
Rhys Hoskins went yard for the first of four Philadelphia homers to make it 7-1. The Phils continued to chip away. This was an Andrew McCutchen bomb to left followed by Alec Bohm hitting the very next pitch the opposite way. Philly had life, down 7-3 with a few innings to go.
McCutchen stepped up again with a solid single to left field that closed the gap to 7-4. Bohm said, “hold my beer” and slammed an RBI single. Philly had one last chance in the seventh inning. JT Realmuto took full advantage to get it even with a two-run single. Ranger Suarez came in for the 8th inning and was victimized for a Washington run.
Phillies Battle Back
Here we go again with the comebacks! The Phils loaded the bases highlighted by a pinch hitter, Aaron Nola, Yeah, it was that type of game, drawing a walk that set the stage for Brad Miller who would crush a walk-off grand slam. Taxing the bullpen, Joe Girardi used seven pitchers, Sanchez, Brogdon, Brad Kinzler, Enyel De Los Santos, Home Run Hector, JD Hameer, and Suarez. Phillies battle back in the second game of the afternoon.