Scott Kingery Delivers, Phillies win 7-4
Last night the Phillies opened up their most important, and last series of the 2020 season against the Braves. The Braves are in 1st place in the NL East with a record of 18-13. The Phillies are three games back and one game below .500 at 13-14.
Zach Wheeler took the mound last night and continued to pitch well. He threw 98 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of work, allowing 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), and 3 strikeouts. Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura each hit a two-run homers to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead before an error in the 6th and back-to-back home runs off Adam Morgan in the 7th tied the game.
This Phillies bullpen will be the death of me. pic.twitter.com/nmOSM2Z6z9
— Drew Smith (@drewmsmith) August 29, 2020
The bullpen bounced back and recorded 15 outs the rest of the way without allowing a run, setting up the return of JETPAX SZN. Scott Kingery belted a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning on an 0-2 pitch and the Phillies earned a huge walk-off win against the Braves 7-4.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 29, 2020
- Phillies win.
- The over hit.
- Phillies -1.5.
- Phillies gain a pivotal game against the Braves.
Huge momentum game for the Phillies who have now won 4 straight games. With the trade deadline coming on Monday, every win is important for the Phillies who need to stay close to contention and hope that this front office will continue to bolster their bullpen who still continues to struggle.
Scott Kingery has started this year incredibly slow. It’s been disappointing for sure. Over the past week however, Kingery has been showing signs of improvement, batting .342. It was his first home run since September 2019 and his first career walk-off. If the Phillies want to win ball games, Kingery and Rhys Hoskins need to continue to find their groove at the plate. Hopefully last night was just the beginning.
Kingery entered the game in the bottom of the 10th as a pinch runner and made an immediate impact on the game. After the Phillies failed to bring home a run in the 10th, he made a beautiful tag on a throw from JT Realmuto at second base to catch Inciarte stealing for the first out in the top of the 11th inning.
The Phillies are back on the field today at 1:05pm with Zach Eflin on the mound. Eflin is 1-1 on the year. Good news? He’s struck out 24 batters in 15 1/3 innings of work this year. Bad news? He’s also allowed 11 earned runs and has a 6.46 ERA in the same span. Eflin will face Josh Tomlin who will be making his third start since being moved out of the bullpen. He allowed three home runs in 7 innings against the Phillies last Sunday night in Atlanta.
Ring that bell, baby.