RING IT: Phillies Bats Mount a Crazy Comeback to Beat the Pirates 12-6
The Phillies bats came alive last night, as they came back from a 6-0 deficit, putting 12 unanswered runs on Pittsburgh to secure a huge win. The Phillies have now won three in a row, and maybe, just maybe, are heating up at the right time? Since baseball is weird, Aaron Nola got the win in an awful start, moving the Phillies to just two games back in the NL East after a Braves daytime loss.
The game obviously didn’t get off to a hot start. Aaron Nola got things rolling with a 1-2-3 first inning, then everything started to go downhill as it typically does with the struggling Phillies ace. Nola would give up five runs in the top of the second, including a two-run single, and a three-run home run.
The Pirates would then tack on another run in the top of the third, off of a solo HR. The score now sat at 6-0, and if you’ve never watched the Phillies before, you would have thought this game was over. If you watch the Phillies as much as I do, you knew that wasn’t going to be the case tonight.
The offense really got rolling in the 5th inning. Didi Gregorious would homer to start the rally, getting the Phillies on the board. The team would then get RBIs from Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, and Brad Miller, including an Aaron Nola scored run on a past ball as well. After all of this, the score would not sit at 6-5. And man, the Phillies weren’t done.
The Pirates would hold their one-run lead all the way up until the bottom of the 6th inning. Realmuto would single to right, and Matt Vierling would be intentionally walked, bringing Ronald Torreyes to the plate in a pinch-hit situation. Torreyes, who has been struggling over the last month, hit a home run that could have potentially saved the Phillies season. In one of my favorite calls of the whole season, take it away TMac.
How electric was that? Torreyes crushed that home run to make it an 8-6 ballgame and would get the fans in the Bank rockin’. But the offense wasn’t done just yet. JT Realmuto would come to the plate in the bottom of the 7th and put this game away for good.
JT has finally started to heat back up at just the right time, something this team desperately needed. Realmuto is slashing .321/.345/.571 over his last 7 games, finally feeling confident back in the lineup. A struggling Realmuto was a huge hit to this Phillies team, especially in the clean-up spot, and man is it good to have the BCIB back.
Realmuto would hit a two-run single later in the game to make it a 12-6 ballgame, and the bullpen would come in and close it out with no problem. The Phillies have now won three in a row, and sit just two games back of the Atlanta Braves after their 6-4 loss to the Diamondbacks yesterday. Atlanta will also start their game today down 5-4 in the 6th inning, making up a suspended game vs the Padres.
The team will look to win their fourth game in a row tonight, with Kyle Gibson (10-8, 3.51 ERA) taking the hill. The bats come up huge and mount a huge comeback, as the Phillies dismantle the Pirates late in a 12-6 win.
Don’t. Let. The. Phillies. Get. Hot.