The Philadelphia Phillies put up 17 runs in defeating the Chicago Cubs and picked up a half-game on the Atlanta Braves who were rained out.
The Cubs appeared to be cruising when they posted a seven-run third inning. Not to be outdone, the Phils countered with a seven run fourth and the run parade was in full gear.
What in the World Went On?
Ian Happ got plunked with the bases juiced which forced Sergio Alcantara to home and the early 1-0 Chicago edge.
Willson Contreras singled, Patrick Wisdom smacked a two-run single, and Matt Duffy crushed a 375-foot three-run homer to give the Cubs the 7-0 lead.
And Then What?
Akin to a heavyweight fighter, the Phils took the hit and fired right back.
Andrew McCutchen brought home Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto when he doubled. McCutchen himself scored when Matt Joyce drew a walk and things were getting interesting at 7-3.
Odubel Herrera singled home Brad Miller and the crowd was getting loud.
Jean Segura (3 for 6, 3 RBI) took his turn with short to second fielder’s choice that scored Freddy Galvis making it 7-5.
Realmuto knocked in a pair with a single that saw it evened up, 7-7.
As the Cubs scored seven in the third, Philly answered with their own seven in the fourth.
Wow! I Need a Breath
Bryce Harper (3 for 4 with 4 RBI) chased Segura home on a double and, Philadelphia seized a lead they would not surrender, 8-7.
In the same inning, the 6th, Didi Gregorius joined the hit pared with a single to left scoring, Harper, and Segura.
In this type of game, never count either team out, and Willson Contreras stopped the Philadelphia surge with a monster 415-foot home-run, cutting it to a 10-8 ball game.
He’s Not Done, Is He?
When you read the Bryce Harper picked up four RBI, you probably knew he was going to step up. Step up he did in the 7th inning.
But not before a two-run double from Herrera that chased home Freddy Galvis and Matt Vierling.
Harper added to the carnage with a three-run shot pushing it to 15-8.
On to the eighth inning with Jean Segura sending home Andrew McCutchen and Matt Vierling on his single putting an exclamation point on the 17-8 victory.
What About Pitching?
Glad you asked. One of my least favorite things about baseball is the dreaded “bullpen game.” So, take a seat, this will be a while.
Cam Bedrosian started and went 1 1/3. Followed up by, JD “I Got Hammered” Hammer and his 4 hits in 1/3 of an inning, Ramon Russo, Bailey Falter, Hector Neris who picked up his 3rd win to go with 6 losses and Adonis Medina.
Did You See?
In the Baltimore- Yankees game, the ground crew seemingly were ejected by an umpire?
With a pending storm on the way, the crew was on the field, waiting to pull the tarp on the field when the third-base umpire, Crew Chief, Tim Timmons kicked the crew off the field at Camden Yards. Bizarro World, Jerry?