Phillies drop second straight in New York to the Yankees, lose 6-5
The Philadelphia Phillies lost their second straight game to the New York Yankees last night 6-5 in extra innings. Just like that, the Phillies are back at .500 with a record of 47-47. They are now 3.5 games behind the National League East leading New York Mets. After starting July 10-4, the Phillies are now 10-6 as the race for the NL East heats up.
On the night, the Phillies walked 11 times and were a dismal 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The Phillies lost Zach Eflin to the injured list and a few other pitches to the COVID-related IL. Last night turned into a bullpen game, and newly recalled Spencer Howard started the game for the Phillies. Howard pitched great, but as usual, it was only three innings of work. He finished the night throwing three innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out two.
Jean Segura got the Phillies on the board early with a leadoff solo home run. Bryce Harper would add another run with an RBI double in the third inning and the Phillies were off to an early 2-0 lead.
Cristopher Sanchez pitched in relief of Howard, and promptly game up two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game. After Connor Brogdon threw two solid innings, Hector Neris entered the game and gave up the lead, allowing three runs in the seventh inning. Just like that, the Phillies were down 5-2.
Credit to the Phillies for battling back in the eighth inning and tying the game. Luke Williams came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a single to left field to score two runs, and put the Phillies within one run. Ronald Torreyes then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at five a piece.
Ranger Suarez worked the Phillies out of a jam in the 9th inning. Brad Miller looked like an idiot in the bottom of the 9th inning trying to catch a routine fly ball. But thanks to Ranger, the game was heading to extra innings.
Suarez ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 10th inning and allowed a Ryan LaMarre single to deep right field score the winning run for the Yankees. Just like that, we’re back to .500 with an extremely important home stand starting tonight against the Atlanta Braves. Matt Moore will be on the mound for the Phillies tonight.
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