RING IT: Phillies Clutch Hitting Continues in a Thrilling 8-6 Win
The Phillies just keep finding ways to win. The Fightin’s won their fourth game in a row last night, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in thrilling fashion. With the Braves splitting the day going 1-1, and the Phillies win, the team now sits just a game and a half back in the race for the NL East.
Kyle Gibson got the start last night for the Phillies. He threw 6 innings, letting up 3 hits, 4 earned runs, and six strikeouts. All four earned runs came in just one inning, when the Pirates hit two two-run hits to take the lead in the top of the fourth. Other than that one inning, Gibby was lights out.
But those four runs weren’t the first runs of the game. Kyle Gibson, who has minimal at-bats throughout his career due to playing in the American League, came up to bat in the bottom of the third. Gibson did everything he could do to help himself and did something that he’s never done in his career.
Yes, Kyle Gibson hit his first career home run in the major leagues. He would come out the next inning and give up those four runs, however, to give the Pirates a 4-1 lead. The Phillies would start to chip back at the lead, as Brad Miller came to the plate in the bottom half of the fourth.
Brad Miller’s home run would bring the score to 4-2, and the Phillies weren’t done. Bryce Harper would cash an RBI double in the bottom of the 5th, followed by McCutchen scoring on a wild pitch, and Ronald Torreyes singled to center to take the lead. The score now sat at 5-4, heading into the top of the 7th.
Cam Bedrosian would enter the game out of the bullpen for the 7th inning, and blow another save chance for the Phillies. Bedrosian would allow a two-run home run, giving the Pirates the lead back at 6-5.
The game was coming down to its final few innings, and the tension was flying high at Citizens Bank. Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen would get on base, bringing up Didi Gregorious. Gregorious has been one of the worst hitters in the league this season against left-handed pitching. Last night, he put that behind him. TMac, TAKE IT AWAY.
The amount of important, clutch hits from this baseball team over the last four games has been unreal. The offense is clicking at the right time, and they put on another show last night.
Hector Neris would pitch his biggest innings of the season last night. Collecting the win with 1.2 IP, with one hit, and three strikeouts, Neris gave it everything he had. Neris has been fantastic since being moved out of the closer role, and nothing changed last night. Hector recorded the final out of the 8th inning, and man was he fired up.
Ian Kennedy would enter the game in the 9th inning, and get the save to seal the win for the Phillies. Four in a row, 27 runs over their last four games, the Phillies are getting hot at the right time.
The Phillies look to win their fifth game in a row today, as they take on the Pirates in game 3 at 4:05. Sitting just 1.5 games back, the season is finally down to its last week. The clutch bats take over once again, as the Phillies continue to close the gap in the NL East pennant race.