Phils Ends Losing Streak, 6-1

Bryce Harper taled the talk Friday night and walked the walk Saturday.

The Philadelphia Phillies went from the worst night of their season with the 11-2 pasting, to one of their better nights Saturday.

What Happened?

Zack Wheeler gave the team a strong performance with his 6 2/3 innings in which he only allowed 1 run on 4 hits with a pair of walks and striking out 8 Rockies.

Colrado starter, Kyle Freeland went 6 innings with 4 runs off 5 hits, 4 walks and three k’s in the Phils dominating 6-1 victory.

That is only a bit of the good news. With the win, Philadelphia improves to 72-70 and, more important, with the 6-4 Atlanta loss to Miami, the Phils cut their deficit to 3 1/2 games.

The Phils scored in avariety of ways which included Didi Gregorius working a bases loaded walk. Odubel Herrera pulled off the rarest of rare, a two run bunt double. Third basemen, Ryan McMahon was playing off the bag and Herrera drag bunted down the line. By the time the ball stopped rolling, it was in shallow left field and just like that, it was 3-0.

Didi Gregorius hit a laser to the seats in left to kick off the home run parade. Trevor Story crushed a majestic homer for the Rockies only tally, followed by Bamboo Brad Miller pinch hitting and crushing a shot to right that made it a 5-1 game.

Bryce Harper, who, as I wrote, was very critical of the team and his effort, Friday. Walked the walk and buried home run number 31 to close out the scoring.

Notes:

Jose Alvarado, Hector Neris and Archie Bradley followed Wheeler and shut down the Rockies offense. Same teams play again Sunday and one is want to question, which Phillies team will we see?

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