RING IT: Phillies Claim 1st Place in the NL East as they Beat the Mets 4-2
The Phillies took game one of a three game set vs the New York Mets on Friday night by a final score of 4-2. Citizens Bank Park was rockin’ last night, with over 30,000 fans in attendance for Friday night’s game. The Phillies have officially taken over first place in the NL East. They are four games over .500 at 57-53, 0.5 games up on the Mets, and are playing the best baseball they have played in years.
Kyle Gibson got the ball tonight for the Phillies in his Citizens Bank Park debut with the team. Gibson threw 6 innings, allowing just 1 earned run, 4 hits, and striking out 3 batters. He got into some trouble during a few of his innings, but he fought his way back and put this team in a position to win.
Didi Gregorious, a player who has been struggling lately, has been starting to slowly get his game back the last few nights. He stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd, and sent a bomb to the second deck in right field.
The Mets would immediately get one back in the top of the third, thanks than RBI single that would score Brandon Nimmo. The game was now tied at one run a piece, and it stayed like that for a while.
Kyle Gibson, a pitcher who has pitched in the American League his whole career, would step up to the plate in the bottom of the 5th. In just his 27th career at-bat, he helped himself, and got the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
After Gibson drove in the lead taking run, the game would remain 2-1 until the bottom of the 8th inning. In the meantime, Hector Neris and Archie Bradley would come into the game, and give the team two lockdown innings. They totaled for two innings pitched, zero hits, and three strikeouts. You can’t ask for much more out of those two guys, and it seems that’s all this team needed.
Bryce Harper. The hottest player in baseball, and the MVP of the National League. Bryce is hitting .435/.581/.891 over his last 15 games, with 4 home runs, 9 RBIs, 4 stolen bases, and an OPS of 1.472. Harper, in this current moment, is the best player in baseball, and there truly is no argument.
Everything he’s been hitting lately has been hit hard, and he’s been finding his way on base most of those times. Tonight, in the bottom of the 8th, he did just that again. Bryce stepped up to the plate with Segura on base, and I’ll let Tom McCarthy take you the rest of the way.
Being in attendance of last night’s game, and that home run specifically, was one of the coolest Philly sports moments I have ever witnessed in my life. You just felt like something was going to happen, and MAN did something happen.
Ian Kennedy would make his way into the game in the 9th, and although Jonathan Villar would send a home run into the stands to bring the game to within two, it wouldn’t matter in the end. Kennedy closed the game down, and Citizens Bank Park was FIRED UP.
The Phillies powered their way to a game one win of a three game series, winning on Friday night by a final score of 4-2. Sitting a half of a game up in first place, at 57-53, the fightins’ continue the action today at 4:05. Ranger Suarez (5-3, 1.04 ERA) will square off against Tylor Megill (1-1, 2.68 ERA) in a Saturday matinee game.
6 in a row. 1st place in the NL East. The Phillies are hot, nothing is stopping them. BUY A SHIRT, FIND A BELL, AND ” JUST RING IT”.