The Phillies build on their lead in the division. The Philadelphia Phillies resorted back to the “pitcher by committee” system to outlast the New York Mets, 5-3 to boos their National League East lead to 1 1/2 games.
Ranger Suarez got the start going 2 2/3 innings giving up 3 walks and striking out 4. JD Hammer, Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado, Mauricio Llovero, and Ian Kennedy all saw action with Kennedy locking down the save. This one was a homer feast with the teams combining for six with three apiece.
Brad Miller started things with a solo shot with Odubel Herrera launching a three-run shot to make the score. 4-0. Miller connected on his second solo shot. History would be made in the ninth inning when it appeared the Phillies were getting their shut out.
Llovero made history, not in a good way. He became just the second pitcher to face three batters, who all homered, then exiting the game. Michael Conforto made it 5-1. No big deal right? Jonathan Villar stepped to the plate and quickly made it back to back jacks. It wasn’t over yet and James McCann nailed the third for a rare back to back to back trifecta. Who else allowed back to back to back? Luck would have it, BJ Rosenberg, a Phillie pulled it off on April 14, 2014.
Baseball History Part Deux
Brock Holt, a pitcher for the Texas Rangers, threw…not sure threw is the correct word, the slowest pitch to ever be called a strike with a rocket that topped out at 31.1 MPH. That’s not a misprint…31.1! The Phillies build on their lead in the division.