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.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.