Alec Bohm Delivers for Phillies, Beat Brewers 4-2
The Phillies had five hits during a three-run 8th inning to come from behind and beat the Brewers 4-2 in the first game of the series.
This was exactly the type of uplifting win the Phillies needed, after completely shitting the bed and showing zero energy during the previous 2-5 road trip.
I can’t be certain, but it must have something to do with the Phils once again allowing fanny packs back into CBP.
This was a classic pitching duel early despite the Brewers loading the bases with no outs in the 1st inning. Freddie Peralta and Ranger Suarez combined for 9.2 innings with both allowing only one earned run.
The bullpen came through big tonight for the Phillies with Seranthony Dominguez, Jose Alvarado, Nick Nelson, and Corey Knebel tossing 4.1 innings while allowing only hit and one run.
Four Phillies had multi-hit games Friday, but none was bigger than Alec Bohm’s RBI single with the bases loaded in the 8th inning to put the Phillies up 3-2.
Bohm is now slashing .440/.455/.640 with 1 HR and 9 RBI in only 25 at-bats. I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but it looks like Bohm has put his terrible sophomore campaign behind him and regained the confidence that we all witnessed during his impressive rookie year.
The Phillies have won back-to-back games for the first time since going 2-0 during Opening Day weekend against the A’s.
Phillies (6-8) Beat Brewers (8-6)
- Winning Pitcher: Nick Nelson (1-0)
- Losing Pitcher: Aaron Ashby (0-2)
- Save: Corey Knebel (3)
Ranger Suarez pitched extremely well today but struggled in a wild first inning in which he was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam.
After escaping that wild first inning, it felt like the Phillies were stealing when Bryce Harper doubled off the left-field wall scoring Jean Segura, who reached earlier on a single.
Ranger Suarez was able to strike out Andrew McCutchen and drop him to one knee in the second inning with a runner on first. Cutch, who is simply one of the class acts in baseball led off the game with a double that made me really miss him.
The Phillies are already a bad defense, so it doesn’t help when you make preventable mental mistakes like not covering third base when you are actively in the shift. This blunder allowed Willy Adames to reach third base and score during the next at-bat.
Hunter Renfroe was able to tie the game up with this sac fly that scored Willy Adames. Although the Phillies were unable to prevent the run from scoring that’s an excellent throw from Nick Castellanos combined with a nice block of the plate by JT Realmuto.
Ranger Suarez: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
I can’t even watch Jose Alvarado pitch anymore. I swear to god, I just take a mini-vacation when he comes out of the bullpen.
Alvarado is the perfect example of a guy who has elite stuff but has no idea how to pitch.
During the seventh inning, he walked a batter, threw a wild pitch, and allowed a single.
Phillies legend Andrew McCutchen put the Brewers ahead with a sac fly to right field. There’s honestly no one else I would rather have rip my heart out than the immortal Cutch.
The bottom of the 8th was the turning point of the game and the biggest moment came from Alec Bohm!
The sequence of events was as follows…
- Bryce Harper singled to right
- Castellanos reached on an infield single
- Realmuto singled to right
- Kyle Schwarber struck out with the bases loaded and no outs.
After Schwarber was unable to advance the runners all the pressure was put on Alec Bohm who came with an enormous two-RBI single off Brad Boxberger.
Phillies Independence Blue Cross Player of the Week, Johan Camargo added an insurance run with this RBI single that scored JT Realmuto.
Corey Knebel gets who else but Andrew McCutchen with a filthy curveball to close out the opening game of the three-game series.
The Phillies will look to take the series Saturday afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park.
Zack Wheeler (0-2) will get the nod against Adrian Houser (0-2) with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia WILL carry the broadcast of the game.
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