Nick Maton’s walk off single lifts Phillies in come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Reds
Nick Maton hit a game winning walk off RBI single as the Phillies stormed from behind in the bottom of the 9th inning in a 7-6 victory over the Reds.
Phillies (68-55) Beat Reds (48-73)
- Winning Pitcher: Brad Hand (3-1, 1.91)
- Losing Pitcher: Alexis Diaz (4-2, 1.88)
- Save: n/a
Brad Hand blew the save opportunity in the bottom of the 9th inning in what was a back and forth affair between the Phillies and Reds on Tuesday night. TJ Friedl ripped an RBI triple off Hand, who was forced into the high leverage situation due to the rash of injuries to the bullpen over the past week.
The fans wouldn’t have to wait long for something to get excited about as Jean Segura led off the inning with a walk and Bryson Stott just missed a pinch-hit home run off the top of the railing in center field to tie the game at 6-6.
Segura probably should not have scored if not for a heads-up base running play when the Reds throw from the outfield landed lazily in the middle of the infield. Stott was also able to pull into third base on the play giving the Phillies a golden opportunity to drive in the winning with nobody out.
Matt Vierling struck out after a tough at bat, bringing 2nd year infielder Nick Maton to the plate with a chance to win the game. Maton ripped a 2-2 fastball into right field from Reds closer Alexis Diaz to propel the Phillies to a 7-6 walk off win.
It was a fitting end to a game that actually saw the Phillies without a hit into the 6th inning. Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo shut down the offense for the second time in as many weeks by striking out five hitters and generally keeping the Phillies hitters off balance. That’s when the bats finally clicked down 3-0 when Alec Bohm, JT Realmuto, and Nick Castellanos all had RBI hits to take back the lead. With the hit, Castellanos extended his season high hit streak to 13 games.
Even with the come from behind walk off victory, the biggest news of the night was actually happening in Allentown where Bryce Harper ripped two home runs in his first rehab game since breaking his finger in June.
Harper cant officially return until August 25th, but he sure looks ready to go for a team headed for a playoff run.
The Hunt for Red October.
JT Realmuto who is clearly the best catcher in baseball, throws out a stealing Aquino at second base to end the 4th inning.
Matt Vierling cant make the tough catch up against the right centerfield fence but the Reds are unable to score a run. Bases loaded and only one out.
Ranger Suarez uncharacteristically walks in not one but two runs to pad the Reds lead in the 6th inning. Ranger Suarez finishes his night on the hook for all three runners on base.
Michael Plassmeyer making his MLB debut strikes out Austin Romine in perhaps the biggest play of the game. Welcome to the show Michael!
Alec Bohm cuts into the Reds lead in the 6th inning with an RBI single into right field.
J.T. Realmuto ties the game up with a huge 2-RBI double in the 6th inning.
Nick Castellanos puts the Phillies on top for the first time tonight and extends his team leading hit streak to 13 games.
Matt Vierling entered tonight hitting just .135 in the month of August but doubles the Phillies lead with a solo home run in the 7th inning.
Aristedes Aquino cuts the Phils lead to one run with an RBI double in the 8th inning.
Jose Alvarado strikes out Stuart Fairchild to keep the game at one run and then shows some big time emotion coming off the mound.
The Reds take the lead on a 2-RBI triple from Friedl in the top of the 9th inning off Brad Hands. Geeze.
Bryson Stott just misses the walk off home run but manages to drive in Jean Segura who makes a great base running decision taking advantage of some bad Reds defense. We are all tied up with nobody out!
Nick Maton walks it off with an RBI single in the bottom of the 9th inning!
PHILS WIN 7-6!!!
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will play for the series sweep against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.
Cristopher Sanchez (1-1, 3.80) will toe the rubber facing off against Graham Ashcraft (5-3, 3.97) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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