Phillies sweep double header against Blue Jays
The Philadelphia Phillies have not swept a double header since 2012. That changed today in what was arguably the two most important games of the 2020 season as the Phillies took down the Blue Jays twice; game one behind solid pitching from Zach Eflin and game two behind Bryce Harper and Rafael Marchan.
The Phillies, as usual, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in game two after Didi Gregorius had yet another 1st inning RBI, his MLB leading 12th of the season. Cutch hit a home run in the 3rd inning.
From that point on, it was an absolute rollercoaster. David Hale started the “bullpen game” for the Phillies and allowed 4 hits and 2 runs. The once trustworthy Jojo Romero entered the game and allowed 3 hits and 3 earned runs.
The Phillies found themselves down three runs in the 4th inning. In the bottom of the 4th inning Rafael Marchan came to the plate with two men on. In 843 ABs in the minors, Marchan never hit a home run. Tonight, things changed.
It was Rafael Marchan’s first career home run in the MLB. He finished the game 2 for 3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. The other young guy, Mickey Moniak, went 1 for 2 with a walk and 2 runs scored.
The Phillies would go down yet again in the 6th inning. Bryce Harper, who’s basically a walking fireball over the past 24 hours had his biggest hit of the year. Harper raked a 2 out, 2 run double to tie the ball game yet again.
Future NL Rookie of the Year Alec Bohm followed Bryce up with a single to score Harper and just like that, the Phillies were up 8-7 heading into the 7th and final inning of the ballgame.
The Marlins split their double header with the Boston Red Sox. They remain in 2nd place in the NL East a half game up on the Phillies.
There are 9 games left in the regular season. Vinny Velasquez will be on the mound tomorrow against the Blue Jays.
Ring that bell, baby.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Phillies