Phils win opener in dramatic fashion over the Braves, 3-2. Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead generated by an Alec Bohm sac fly that Andrew McCutcheon barely snuck in. As well as a JT Realmuto single to plate Rhys Hoskins who had doubled. The Phils saw the lead dissipate when the Kung Foo Panda, Pablo Sandoval buried an Aaron Nola 0-2 pitch that chased Nola.
To his credit, Nola was in a zone and went 6 2/3 innings with 6 strikeouts and not allowing a free pass. Get a beverage, light a cigar… because you may not believe what you are about the read… the Phillies bullpen went 3 1/3 innings without allowing a run!!
Don’t get me wrong, they were far from lights out and were saved by the defense at times. Jose Alvarado, despite loading the bases, struck out the side. Hector Neris pitched a 1-2-3 ninth that was highlighted by what could be the catch of the season that Didi Gregorious pulled off.
Bad baserunning may have been the difference in this match-up. Either that or a beautiful throw from Roman Quinn who cut down Ozzie Albies on a shallow fly to center. Realmuto made a nifty catch and move to apply the tag.
With the new rules, the Pinstripes found Bryce Harper at second base to start the bottom of the 10th. Nate Jones faced Jean Segura who promptly singled to kick off a World Series type celebration. 8,529 witnessed the thriller and both teams are idle tomorrow but Zack Wheeler takes the mound with Charlie Morton pitching for Atlanta.
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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.