Phillies continue hot streak, beating the D’Backs 7-5 for 8th straight victory.
The Phillies red-hot offense erupted for five runs in the 5th inning, including a 3-run blast from Kyle Schwarber, as they won their 8th consecutive game Friday night, beating the D’Backs 7-5.
Phillies (29-29) Beat D’Backs (28-32)
- Winning Pitcher: Kyle Gibson (4-2, 4.41)
- Losing Pitcher: Zac Gallen (4-2, 2.95)
- Save: Corey Knebel (11, 3.24)
This will forever be known as the Caden Marge Game as the 8-year-old from West Chester, PA sat in on on 30-minute half inning in the booth and was talked about or featured by the broadcast at least a dozen times. Marge is better known as the praying kid, who willed Bryson Stott to hit his game winner 3-run blast to beat the Angels on Sunday night, and then was caught on camera hysterically crying.
I guess the Phillies saw a golden marketing opportunity in Marge, who was actually allowed into the Phillies television booth to answer questions during what became the Phillies most exciting inning. Marge’s interview was predictably like pulling teeth, and I bet a lot of dads in the Delaware Valley were wondering why they were listening to a stupid 8-year-old when the whole point of Phillies games is that they don’t have to listen to their own stupid 8-year-olds at home.
The kid got merch, the kid got to ride on the ATV with the Phanatic, the kid got a front row seat. Is there anything else we can get this kid?
I know this isn’t exactly politically correct, but I am kinda over Caden Marge..
With their 8th consecutive victory on Friday in front of a packed crowd for Alec Bohm Bobblehead Night, the Phillies have now regained their rightful spot in the baseball world by once again being a .500 team. They are even in wins and losses for the first time since they were 17-17 on May 14th and when Joe Girardi was still the manager of this team. Rob Thomson is now 7-0 since taking over for Girardi after the series loss to the San Francisco Giants. Thomson is the first manager to win his first seven games since Joe Morgan won 12 straight in 1988 while lead the Red Sox.
Rhys Hoskins hit a pair of big home runs, including a solo shot in the 7th inning that put the Phillies ahead by two runs. The home run cooled off the D’Backs who were had all the momentum following a four-run 7th inning and more importantly got the packed crowd at Citizens Bank Park emotionally back into the game.
Kyle Gibson had his best stuff of the season, shutting down the D’Backs through much of his start Friday night. Gibson tossed six innings allowing three earned runs on four hits. Through 6 innings , Gibson looked like he may be in line for his best appearance of the season, but he ran into trouble allowing two runners to reach base in the 7th inning, before getting pulled for Brad Hand.
Brad Hand, who has been one of the more effective pitchers in the Phillies bullpen this season struggled mightily tonight. Hand allowed both of the runners he inherited from Gibson to score on a Dalton Varsho double to right and allowed a second double to Miguel Rojas scoring two more. After a torrid start to the game, suddenly the Phillies were facing a one-run game with multiple innings to play.
The bullpen was able to hold off Arizona down the stretch as Seranthony Dominguez, Connor Brogdon and Corey Knebel pitch clean innings to secure the win. Scoring runs and good pitching from the bullpen in quickly becoming a winning pattern for this ball club in June. During the winning streak the Phils are averaging 7 runs a game and the bullpen ERA is below 2.
The Phillies take on the D’Backs Saturday afternoon looking for their 9th straight win, with their ace Zack Wheeler on the bump.
Rhys Hoskins takes D’Backs starter Zac Gallen deep in the 1st inning to put the Phillies on the board.
Ketel Marte cant handle the ground ball at second base allowing Alec Bohm to score.
Kyle Schwarber crushes this pitch from Gallen to deep right center field for a three run home run.
Didi Gregorius stays hot, shooting the ball the other way and driving in the run from second base.
Daulton Varsho puts the D’Backs on the board with a solo shot off Kyle Gibson.
Daulton Varsho just nearly misses making it a one run game driving the ball off the right field fence and out of the reach of Nick Castellanos.
Miguel Rojas knocks one down the left field foul line, driving in the third and fourth runs of the inning to make it a one run game.
Rhys Hoskins sends his second blast of the game out of the ball park, giving the Phillies a much need insurance run.
Alec Bohm makes a terrific defensive play in foul ground in the 8th inning.
Corey Knebel picks up his 11th save of the season by getting Miguel Rojas to fly out to Odubel Herrera in center field.
PHILLIES WIN 7-5
The Phillies take on the the Arizona Diamondbacks in game two of a three game set at Citizens Bank Park.
Zack Wheeler (4-3, 3.14) will toe the rubber facing off against Madison Bumgarner (2-5 3.64), with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will have the broadcast of the game.
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