For many Phillies fans, staying up until one in the morning for a baseball game is not in the cards.
So if you’re like me, waking up and learning the results of the game is one of the first things I do in the morning after a West Coast road trip game.
Last night while most people were catching some Zzz’s, the Phillies were catching a win, but it came down to some clutch pitching from their bullpen and some key hitting from one of their stars.
Are you alright, Ser?
The Phillies were in cruise control for most of Wednesday night’s game, thanks to a great start from Ranger Suarez. Ranger went 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 runs, and struck out 7 batters and got the win.
Once the Phillies turned the game over to Seranthony Dominguez, however, things got a little dicey.
The Phillies’ 3-0 lead quickly evaporated, as Diamondbacks’ first basemen and Norristown, PA native Christian Walker hit a 3-run home run to tie the game.
Seranthony has not been himself this season, and while for the majority of the year, he has been good, he’s continued to have some blowup innings. Whether it’s a lack of confidence or he is just missing a little something on his pitches, he has cost the Phillies a bit more than you might expect.
Phillies roll out an elite closing duo
With the game tied at 3-3, the Phillies turned to Craig Kimbrel to try and send the game to extra innings.
The Phillies’ closer has been downright dominant and has turned back the clock this season. Kimbrel was a shell of himself last season, and I don’t by Caselieve anyone anticipated this bounce back, aside from Dave Dombrowski, of course.
Things got a little dicey when Craig allowed a double and stolen base to Geraldo Perdomo, but he would get the final out and send this game into the 10th inning.
The Phillies would take the lead in the top half of the 10th inning thanks to poor defense from the Diamondbacks and a sac-fly from Nick Castellanos. They would turn to Jose Alvarado to finish the job.
Jose would get Lourdes Gurriel to ground out, and before walking Christian Walker.
With 1 out and the winning run at first base, Jose would strike out Gabriel Moreno and then get Corbin Carroll, who was pinch hitting, to ground into a fielder’s choice, winning the game for the Phillies.
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