Where has that been all year? Phillies post a 5-1 victory. A night of unusual activity unfolded at Citizens Bank Park Friday evening.
Behind Zac Wheeler (7 hits for innings pitched, 1 run, scattered 7 hits, a pair of walks, and 8 strikeouts) the Fightin’s picked up an impressive win over a reeling Atlanta Braves.
Joe Girardi allowed Wheeler to go seven innings throwing 111 pitches. JT Realmuto started the unusual evening with a solo home run but Freddy Freeman evened things with an RBI single. Freeman now has an unusual streak. He has gone thirty-three at-bats without a swing and a miss. Jean Segura plated a pair with a two-run double that pushed it to 3-1.
Now, not to be redundant, but, more from the unusual department. Bryce Harper singled then stole second, advanced to third on a ground out. Rhys Hoskins, who was on first, apparently was picked off but Freeman’s throw to Ozzie Albies was offline, and recognizing the issue, Harper broke for home and easily beat the throw.
It was the first steal of home for Harper since May 2011 off, of all people, Cole Hamels. Hamels had intentionally plunked Harper as a “welcome to the big leagues” kid. The incident got Hamels suspended and was the lynchpin that ignited the Phils- Nationals rivalry.
Rhys Hoskins closed the book on the 5-1 scoring and the final oddity as the Philly bullpen. Archie Bradley worked out of a jam in the eighth and Ranger Suarez picked up the save. Where has that been all year? This remains the question.