Baseballs were flying out of Citizens Bank Park Wednesday with a combined four long balls in the Phillies 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
A walk-off passed ball put the exclamation point on this one. The victory, coupled with an Atlanta Braves loss puts Philadelphia to a 3 1/2 game differential from the Braves.
How Did it Happen?
The hometown boys jumped to an early 3-0 lead fueled by a Didi Gregorius second to short to first double-play, which resulted in Bryce Harper crossing the plate and Freddie Galvis connecting on his fourth home run in a week that saw Andrew McCutchen coming home in front of Galvis.
The three-run fourth inning figured to be enough cushion for Ranger Suarez who was working on another nice game.
Suarez went 6 innings with 6 hits, a walk, 8 strikeouts, and just a pair of runs.
A typical Joe Girardi game witnessed the usual array of pitchers with Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado, Archie Bradley, and Ian Kennedy combining to pick up the win.
Frank Schwidel took Suarez deep with Matt Duffy on base to cut it 3-2 in the fifth. JT Realmuto had an answer with a single that would chase Suarez home in the bottom half of the inning.
Things stayed that way until the 8th inning when Robinson Chirinos planted a 373 feet shot the evened the score at 4. Once again, Realmuto answered, and this time it was a solo shot to get it back to a Philadelphia lead, 5-4.
Matt Duffy got the Cubs tied again when he countered Realmuto with his 4th of the season and it looked like extra innings.
Hold that thought..Andrew Knapp scampered home on a Cubs passed ball and Philadelphia broke the .500 mark yet again, 73-72.