Phillies drop game off a wild pitch, 4-3. The good the bad and a loss. The undermanned Philadelphia Phillies dropped a 4-3 game when David Hale unfurled a wild pitch in the 10th inning.
Phil’s manager Joe Girardi took the blame for the loss when he opted to walk Edmundo Sosa to get to the pitcher’s spot in the order. Matt Carpenter pinch hit and promptly slammed a three-run homer. While it was not a game-winner, it certainly changed the complexion of this game.
“This game is on me,” Girardi said after being asked about Matt Joyce’s terrible judgment on the bases in the top of the 10th and catcher J.T. Realmuto’s inability to block a wild pitch that enabled the winning run to score. “It’s not on those guys. It’s not on J.T. It’s not on Matt. It’s on me. I was the one who chose to walk [Edmundo] Sosa to get to [Matt] Carpenter, and it didn’t work out. So this one’s on me.”
Nick Naton posted a 2 for 4 nights with Alec Bohm, Andrew McCutcheon, and JT Realmuto each delivering 2 hits and an RBI.
Aaron Nola went 6 innings giving up 4 hits with the biggest being the Carpenter blast. In addition, Nola allowed 1 walk while striking out 7.
Bryce Harper, plunked by a 97 mph fastball from the arm of Genesis Cabrera, exhibited a ton of class by messaging Cabrera.
“Whoever’s a fan of Bryce Harper, whoever has children that are fans of Bryce Harper, support that guy,” Cardinal Manager Mike Shildt said. “Because what he sent over in a message today was completely a class act.”
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