This is becoming a trend. Phillies with a third consecutive walk-off win, 8-7. The largest crowd of the season, 38, 540 witnessed a big comeback from the New York Yankees that fell short. A large contingent of Yankee fans was very vocal and kept the energy level at a fever pitch.
To the Action
New York starter Jameson Tallon lasted just one out. Odubel Herrera (2 for 6 with two runs scored), Jean Segura, and JT Realmuto loaded the bases with singles to set the stage for a two-run single from Bryce Harper. Rhys Hoskins walked and Andrew McCutchen hit a drive to right to make it 3-0 with the resurgent Alec Bohm knocking in his first of two making it a 4-0 lead.
Gary Sanchez answered with a monster homer and Brett Gardner’s RBI triple cut the lead in half after an inning and a half. Vince Velasquez (5 innings with 6 hits, 2 runs a walk, and 5 k’s) settled in but flirted with disaster a few times. Philadelphia chipped away when Segura (3 for 6, a run scored and a pair of runs batted in) made it 5-2 on a single, Alec Bohm added his second RBI and Ronald Torreyes pushed it to 7-2 and the Yankee fans suddenly became very quiet. This is becoming a trend for the Phillies.
The Story Unfolds
New York wasn’t going quietly and a comeback was started when Rougned Odor (2 for 3. 1 RBI) singled to cut it to 7-3. The Bronx Bombers added another run to take it to the ninth. Enter Mr. White Knuckles, Hector Neris… if you follow the Phillies at least a little bit, you know what happened. DJ LeMahieu slammed a game-tying three-run home run to send it to extra innings and Archie Bradley.
“The bottom line is we won the game, right?” the manager said. “Hector gave up a home run to the MVP last year (on Thursday), right? And LeMahieu is pretty good, too. The thing that hurt him was the two walks and that’s what we have to take care of. Hector for the most part has been really good for us this year. Closers go through it. We’ll get him back on track and we’ll go from there.”
Despite the new extra-inning rule of a runner starting at second, Bradley stuffed any chance the Bombers had and the talk became. “make Archie the closer.” Girardi will have none of that. “That’s the best Archie has thrown, but I’m not making any changes [at closer],” Girardi said.
The stage was set for the drama. With Torreyes stationed at second, Girardi opted to use Travis Jankowski to pinch-hit err, bunt.
Jankowski not only got the bunt down but Pitcher, Aroldis Chapman made an errant throw, and the hero, Segura ended the contest with his second walk-off in two games. This is becoming a trend.