Wasn’t Pretty But a Win is a Win

It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win, 5-2. Bryce Harper and Odubel Herrera went from goats to heroes in 10 inning Phillies win. Alex Avila lofted a fly ball that should have caught but, inexplicably wasn’t. It dropped between the outfielders who ran into each other. The result was an RBI triple that put the Nationals in front, 2-1.

Herrera crushed a homer in the ninth to counter his gaffe and things were tied at 2. The homer came off Nats closer, Brad Hand.
In the tenth, with the runner (Andrew McCutcheon) placed at second base, it was Harper’s turn and his single put runners at the corners. Rhys Hoskins broke the tie with an RBI single followed by Nick Maton plating Harper.

Andrew Knapp picked up his fourth RBI of the series to close the scoring and giving Philadelphia its first road series win since April 17-19 2019. Zach Wheeler pitched another strong game going 6 innings giving up 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and striking out 7. Connor Brogdon, Ranger Suarez, Jose Alvarado, and Hector Neris shut the door on Washington.

Mr. “Oh no” Hector Neris pitched a three up and three down a tenth. Nats starter, John Lester also pitched well going 6 innings allowing 1 run on 6hits striking out 4, and walking 3. Philly got production from Herrera (1 for 5 with the hit being the solo home run), Hoskins (2-4, 1 RBI), Nick Maton (1 for 3. 1 RBI), and Andrew Knapp with a pair of hits and 2 runs knocked in. It wasn’t pretty until the end.

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