Brad Miller’s heroics lead Phillies to a 11-8 comeback victory over Washington
The Phillies won the second game of today’s doubleheader thanks to a walk-off grand slam from none other than Brad Miller. After falling behind seven runs, the Phillies stormed back to win it in the bottom of the eighth inning, their first time accomplishing such a feat since August 2010.
The Phillies went with a bullpen game for game two. Cristopher Sanchez, who was recently recalled again from Triple A, started the game and was in trouble early, allowing four runs in the first inning. Sanchez exited the game after pitching just 0.1 innings and allowing four hits, four runs, and a walk, while striking out one. In relief, Connor Brogdon struggled, pitching 1.2 innings and allowing two more runs thanks to a Josh Harrison two-run home run in the second inning to extend the Nationals lead to 6-0.
Brandon Kintzler was next on the chopping block, and pitched two innings, allowing another run to give the Nationals a 7-0 lead. At that point, no one thought that the Phillies would be able to recover and win this game. Even after solo home runs from Rhys Hoskins, Andrew McCutchen, the Phillies were still down 7-3 in a seven inning ball game heading into the fifth inning.
Andrew McCutchen pulled the Phillies within three runs with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to score Jean Segura. Alec Bohm, who finished the day 3-for-4 from the plate, made it a two run ball game after an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. JT Realmuto then plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at seven a piece and force extra innings.
The Nationals struck back to take an 8-7 lead in the top of the eighth inning. To start the bottom of the eighth inning, Rafael Marchan was on second base. Jean Segura was intentionally walked and pinch hitter Aaron Nola worked a beautiful walk to load the bases. Brad Miller took care of the rest. Watch.
Like clockwork, the Phillies are back at .500 with a 51-51 record. The Mets lost to the Braves, which means the Phillies are now 3.5 out of first place in the National League East. The MLB trade deadline is at 4pm tomorrow and we all know that the Phillies desperately need help in the pitching department. To date, Dave Dombrowski and the Phillies have remained silent as the deadline looms. Tomorrow should be a busy day for the Phillies.
Notes: Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins were both injured in today’s game. For updates on their injuries, click here.
The Phillies will open a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow night before playing the Nationals again early next week. The Nationals just traded away Max Scherzer and Trae Turner to the Dodgers, so hopefully this time around, the Phillies will have an easier time beating a team that’s clearly packed it in this season.
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