Phillies drop ugly one in extra innings, 6-5. In one of the ugliest games in a generally ugly season, The Phils drop a 10 inning contest for the Yankee’s fourth straight win. Asher Wojciechowski, (4 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts) making his first start since being called up from Triple-A, was anything but overpowering but, he faced a completely inept Phillies offense.
Back to the Circus
In his four innings, Philly was an abysmal 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Philadelphia finished the night with an eye-catching 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Neither team seemed interested in this affair and both teams were too busy spinning the “Wheel of Relievers Roulette” with New York trotting out no fewer than seven pitchers with Joe Girardi using six. The ground crew will use Thursday to re-sod the paths from the bullpens to the mound.
Things started well with Jean Segura hitting the game’s first pitch, over the wall making it 1-0. Bryce Harper plated JT Realmuto on a double to double the lead. Gleyber Torres got one back with a homer of his own off Cristopher Sanchez. Brett Gardner single followed by an RBI double from Greg Allen to knot it up at 2.
Ugly Gets Uglier
In came fan-favorite… well …Joe Girardi’s favorite pitcher Home Run Hector Neris. You know how this is gonna go, right? Giancarlo Stanton rifled an opposite-field single followed by a Rougned Odor 2 run homer making it a 5-2 Yankees lead. At that point, The Theater of the Bizarre took center stage.
Philadelphia battled back with major help from their opponent. An error then a pair of walks loaded the bases for pinch hitter, Luke Williams. Williams nailed a two-run single followed by Ronald Torreyes scoring on a wild pitch. The ninth inning continued to be bizarre. Rhys Hoskins led off with a walk. Good sign, right? Aroldis Chapman proceeds to pick Hoskins off.
New York’s turn in the bottom half. After a Brad Miller misplayed fly ball, Ranger Suarez was able to shut down the Bombers to take it the 10th. With ghost runner, Ronald Torreyes at second, Philadelphia once again left a runner in scoring position and it was New York’s turn.
Gary Sanchez was placed on second base and Gleyber Torres sacrificed him to third to set up more oddness. Pinch Hitter, Ryan LaMarre was facing a five-man infield and beat the shift with a drive that barely stayed in the park. Just like that, the 34,112 in attendance, including a contingent from Philadelphia, witnessed a wild scene as the Bombers mobbed LaMarre. Mr. Three innings, Spencer Howard, went his usual three allowing 1 hit, no runs, a walk, and striking out a pair. Phillies drop ugly one in extra innings. Back to Philly to take on the Braves.