The Fightins: Phillies storm back against Sandy Alcantara in the 8th, win 4-3 to extend winning streak to seven games
The Philadelphia Phillies faced off against the National League Cy Young front-runner Sandy Alcantara and the Miami Marlins last night at Citizens Bank Park and walked away with one of their most impressive wins this season.
Andrew Bellatti (W, 3-3)
Sandy Alcantara (L, 10-5)
Seranthony Dominguez (S, 8)
Noah Syndergaard was on the bump for the Phillies and really defined what a fifth starter, “bend not break” pitcher looks like. He allowed two runs over six innings and his best work came in the later innings, where he retired seven in a row from the 4th-6th innings.
The defense last night was fantastic. On multiple occasions, they bailed out Syndergaard. Most notably, the Castellanos play in the right-centerfield gap for a double play, a Rhys Hoskins diving stop for a force-out at second, and two key plays from Alec Bohm in the sixth to get out out of the inning.
Syndergaard sure makes you sweat innings out. Over two starts in Philadelphia, he has now thrown 11 innings and allowed 17 hits, six runs, and two walks while striking out six.
As for Sandy Alcantara, he looked phenomenal through seven innings last night before the Phillies finally caught up to him in the eighth. Kyle Schwarber got things rolling in the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to deep left center to cut the Marlins’ lead in half.
The Marlins would add another run in the top of the 8th inning off Andrew Bellatti making the ball game 3-1 before the everything changed in the bottom of the eighth. Jean Segura and Bryson Stott opened the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back base hits. Newly acquired Brandon Marsh brought the Phillies within one on an 0-2 hit to centerfield.
Kyle Schwarber kept things rolling with another RBI base knock to right field, tying the ball game at 3-3.
With 2 outs and runners on the corners, the Best Catcher in Baseball came up to the plate and broke the tie with a base hit to right field.
From there, Seranthony Dominguez came into the ball game for the save and shut the door with ease, retiring the Marlins 1-2-3 for the save.
The Phillies have now won seven games in a row and 12 out of their last 13 games. They improved to 62-48 on the season and are in sole possession of the second National League Wild Card spot.
The Fightins have the sixth best record in all of Major League Baseball. They remain 10 games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets and just three games behind the Atlanta Braves, who are in second and hold the first NL Wild Card.
Kyle Gibson will take the mound today at 1:05PM against Daniel Cabrera in the third and and final game of the Marlins series.
From there, the Phillies will head to Citi Field to take on the first place New York Mets in their first meeting since May.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Phillies