Phillies walk it off again vs Braves, win series 2-1
The Phillies won against the Braves yesterday afternoon in walk-off fashion yet again. After Luke Williams (Captain America) walked it off for the Phillies with a two-out, two-run home run on Wednesday night, Jean Segura was the hero yesterday, with a two-run RBI single to deep left center field.
The Phillies took 2-of-3 from the Braves and are now 30-31 on the season. With yesterday’s win, the jumped over the Braves and now sit in second place in the National League East.
The Phillies are a team that were in desperate need of a spark. They won 2-of-3 against the Nationals last weekend entering a tough series against the Braves. After losing the first game of the series in the eighth inning, they were able to bounce back and win the next two, both in walk-off fashion.
It’s safe to say Jean Segura and Luke Williams are responsible for the spark, but the question still remains on how good the Phillies can be moving forward and if the ball club will be able to string together some consistent performances that will show up in the win column. They are on the right track, winning their last two series. It was the first time they have accomplished such a feat since the first week of the season.
Yesterday, Zack Wheeler was brilliant yet again. Wheeler pitched eight innings yesterday, allowing zero runs, four hits, and zero walks while striking out 12. Over 13 starts this season, Wheeler has a 2.29 ERA with five double-digit strikeout games. Make sure you punch your All-Star ticket and let’s send him to Denver next month.
Zack Wheeler’s last five starts:
- June 10: 12 strikeouts
- June 4: 8 strikeouts
- May 29: 14 strikeouts
- May 23: 12 strikeouts
- May 18: 10 strikeouts
The lack of run support from the Phillies has been an issue all season long. The Phillies had a 1-0 lead heading into the ninth inning. Neris was let up a solo home run to centerfield and Odubel Herrera appeared to have a chance at robbery, but ultimately, the ball went over the centerfield fence and Neris was hit with a blown save. In the 10th inning of yesterday’s game, things continued to look bad for the Phillies. Jose Alvarado walked three batters and gave up a run on a wild pitch. Another run would score on a passed ball from Rafael Marchan and the Braves would take a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 10th inning.
From there, Alec Bohm, Odubel Herrera, and of course, Jean Segura all had big hits in the 10th inning. Segura drove in three of the Phillies four runs on the day and obviously hit a walk off single deep to left center field to seal it.
Now, the Phillies will have the day off today before playing a two-game weekend series against the New York Yankees at Citizens Bank Park. They will then hit the road and head out West for a three game series against the Dodgers and three games against the Giants before returning home on June 22nd to play the Washington Nationals.
The next eight games for the Phillies will be no easy task, but a run is definitely necessary to bring some life back into Phillies baseball heading into the dog days of summer.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Phillies