RING IT: Phillies take two of three in Boston, get back to .500 heading into All-Star break
The Phillies won an extremely important game and series at Fenway Park this weekend vs the Boston Red Sox, as they win game three by a final score of 5-4. The team now holds a 44-44 record going into the All Star Break, with hopes high throughout the clubhouse.
The game took a turn even before it started today, as Joe Girardi announced that Aaron Nola would be scratched due to COVID protocols. Other players were sent to the list as well, including Connor Brogdon, and Alec Bohm who tested positive. The team would send out Brandon Kintzler to start the bullpen game.
Kintzler would only throw one inning, but that could have been Girardi’s plan all along. Cristopher Sanchez was a huge positive for the Phillies today. Getting called up and arriving at the field at 9 AM this morning, for only making his second MLB appearance, the lefty gave the team 3 innings with only four hits and one run allowed.
The Red Sox would take the early 1-0 lead off of a Xander Bogaerts home run in the second inning. JT Realmuto would answer back in the third with a two run single, that would put the Phillies up 2-1. Phillies third baseman Ronald Torreyes, playing for Alec Bohm today, would step up to the plate in the fourth inning against Nick Pivetta.
Ronald Torreyes has been showing out for this baseball team recently. He’s been a consistent solid bench player, bringing his average on the season up to .276 today. He gave the three total hits on the day, with one of them being the bomb of a home run to right.
Nick Pivetta has always been an emotional player, even when he was a Phillie. He showed that emotion early in the game, on the mound and in the dugout. At what point, it even seemed like the Phillies were messing with him to an extent.
This game seemed like it had loss written all over it after the Nola news. With no starters available, the team had to go with a bullpen game. Brandon Kintzler, Cristopher Sanchez, Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado, Archie Bradley, and Ranger Suarez would all throw for the team today. With no game until Friday due to the all star break, the bullpen game wasn’t a huge worry about throwing too many arms.
Excitement all around this game today. From Pivetta screaming at himself, to Brad Miller going nuts on an umpire in the top of the ninth. Miller was rung up on a third pitch strike that he did not like, and man did he get his money worth once he was tossed. Ranger Suarez continued to be Ranger Suarez, collecting a seven out save. The bullpen did their job today, and that’s all you can ask them to do.
The Phillies win on Sunday afternoon in Boston by a final score of 5-4. The team now heads into the All Star break at 44-44, after a huge series win at Fenway Park. The Phillies are hot, and man does it feel good.
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