The 64-64 Philadelphia Phillies finally got the best of the lowly Arizona Diamondback (44-86) for the first time in five tries. It was a 4:15 epic that saw long balls a blown save or two and an 11th inning Phils win. Phillies still win in epic fashion.
To the Action
Bryce Harper started the night off with a two-run homer. That was answered on a Josh Rojas triple that scored Nick Ahmed. Rojas himself would scamper home off a SAC Fly off the bat of Josh VanMeter that knotted things at two apiece. The pace picked up from there with Andrew McCutchen drawing a one-out walk. Odubel Herrera had life due to a Nick Ahmed error after Jean Segura grounded out. Bryce Harper was walked on an intentional pass followed by a two-run single from JT Realmuto that scored Herrera and McCutchen. The Phils went up, 4-2.
The improved, Hector Neris came in a promptly walked Jake McCarthy and Didi Gregorius booted an Ahmed grounder, but Neris whiffed Jose Rojas and induced a 4-3 ground out by VanMeter to forego any further damage with the score at 4-2. Ian Kennedy took over. He was greeted by a Pavin Smith base-hit and Christian Walker blasting a two-shot 405 footer to dead center field. Kennedy then shut the door retiring, David Peralta, Dalton Varsho, and Jake McCarthy.
The Story Goes On
Enyel De Los Santos (he’s back) entered for the 10th inning With ghost runner, McCarthy placed on second, the inevitable bunt from Ahmed, set the stage Ketel Marte who crushed 411 foot shot to right-center. Things looked grim for Philadelphia with Gregorius, Brad Miller, and Freddy Galvis, a combined 1 for 11 due up.
Realmuto took his spot as the runner on second, Gregorius completed his 0 for 5 game with a strikeout. Miller, who had been 0 for 4, took his turn for a long ball, and things were tied again, 6-6. Arizona couldn’t take advantage of De Los Santos in their half of the 11th, so time for heroics?
With Center Fielder, Travis Jankowski at second as the Ghost Runner, Ronald Torreyes pulled off what may be the worst at-bat of the season, squaring to bunt twice, Torreyes fouled both off then, the third was successful. Successful? The bunt went right to Pitcher. Taylor Clarke, who had a little problem throwing out Jankowski going to third. Herrera singled putting Torreyes at second and game hero, Jean Segura delivered a game-winning base-hit. Aaron Nola went 5 2/3 allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, and striking out 7. Phillies win in epic fashion.