Phillies Walk-off Win Over Pirates, 4-3

At a wind-swept Citizens Bank Park on Saturday afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies got a walk-off win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3, when Nick Castellanos singled to centerfield with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was the second RBI hit of the game for the Phillies right fielder, who has struggled to this point in the season. After the two hits and two RBI, he’s hitting .182 and has knocked in five runs; he has yet to hit a home run.

“Honestly, that was probably my first at-bat all year that I didn’t have an approach,” said Castellanos of the game winner. “I wasn’t looking for a pitch, I was just ready to hit.”

When asked why the lack of an approach, he said, “I wanted to end the game, Bro.”

Kyle Schwarber was the other key offensive player of the game. The Phillies’ designated hitter was three-for-three with a pair of walks in five plate appearances. He scored two runs and Whit Merrifield, who crossed the plate with the winning run was pinch running for Schwarber, who singled to start the ninth.

“I felt good today,” Schwarber said. “I was able to see the ball well today and get results.”

Turnbull Not as Crisp

Phillies starter Spencer Turnbull struggled with command; he threw 88 pitches with just 48 strikes. He would finish with four bases on balls in four innings of work.

“I was a little off today,” said Turnbull, who had allowed just one walk in 11 innings pitched coming into the game, “I had trouble figuring out the wind. It was messing with my ball flight especially the four-seam [fastball], it wasn’t cutting the same. The sweeper and slider weren’t breaking the same.”

The wind was blowing from left to right at 21 MPH at the start of the game.

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Bullpen Picking Up the Slack

While Turnbull may have lacked command, the bullpen was in command. In five innings of work, the Phils relievers allowed just two base runners and struck out seven batters. Matt Strahm punched out five of the six hitters he faced.

A first inning walk hurt Turnbull, who issued a free pass to Bryan Reynolds – the second batter of the game. Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a ball to center that tailed away from Johan Rojas, who couldn’t make the catch despite a dive and the Pirates were up 1-0.

The lead didn’t last long as Schwarber hit a bomb to center on the second pitch of the bottom of the first. It went over the 409 mark and was just to the left of the batter’s eye. It was his third homer of the year and second shot to lead off the game this season. Next, Trea Turner doubled to left, he would score on a two-out single by Castellanos.

In the fifth inning, Turnbull gave up a two-run home run to Oneil Cruz. It would stay 3-2 until the seventh inning when Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch for the Pirates and he was wild, he threw 17 pitches with just six strikes. He walked Schwarber and Harper before allowing a game-tying single to Alec Bohm. With two on and one out the Phils had a chance for more, but Castellanos and Bryson Stott were retired. However, Castellanos would get another chance in the ninth.


After Schwarber singled and was lifted for Merrifield, Turner walked, Pirates’ pitcher Jose Hernandez uncorked a wild pitch allowing both runners to advance before he struck out Harper. Roansy Contreras came into pitch, and he issued an intentional walk to Bohm. Castellanos then drove the first pitch he saw over Jack Suwinski’s head in center field for the win.

The Phillies go for their third series win in a row tomorrow with Zack Wheeler taking the mound.

Rock Hoffman
Rock Hoffman

Rock Hoffman has been covering sports in the Philadelphia region for over 30 years. He’s been the co-host of a radio show – SportsPage – on the Delaware Valley Radio Network ( in the time. He’s reported on games involving all the Philadelphia teams at the profession and collegiate levels. During his career he’s provided coverage for a Super Bowl, an All-Star Game, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games as well NFL, MLB and NHL playoff games. Additionally, he’s the College Football Editor for Football Stories Magazine (



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