Phillies Beat Marlins 3-2 on Jean Segura 9th inning walk-off RBI single
Jean Segura delivered with a walk off RBI single in the 9th inning to beat the Marlins 3-2 and snap the Phillies 3-game losing streak.
Phillies (74-61) Beat Marlins (55-79)
- Winning Pitcher: David Robertson (4-2, 2.30)
- Losing Pitcher: Tommy Nance (0-3, 4.42)
A win like tonight was exactly what the Phillies needed to pull out of their recent slump, in which they were losers of six of seven games. In the 9th inning it was feeling a whole lot like a typical big game against a bad team that the Phillies have so often let slip from their grasp over the past few seasons.
That is until former Phillies great Nick Williams lost his footing while fielding a Bryce Harper fly ball along the left field foul line, allowing a hustling Bryce Harper to slide safely into scoring position at second base.
And what do you know it turned out to be the most important play of the game. The Marlins elected to walk JT Realmuto in order to pitch instead to Jean Segura, who then delivered an RBI single past Jon Berti on an 0-1 slider. The Marlins outfielder made a great throw but was half second too slow to get a sliding Bryce Harper.
Aaron Nola was fantastic tonight, valiantly overcoming his recent trend of struggling during the month of September. Nola completed 6.2 innings allowing only one earned run and four hits while striking out 10 Marlins hitters.
The 10 strikeouts by Nola pushed him above the 200 mark, a feat which he has now accomplished four times in a Phillies uniform. Nola had entered the night only five strikeouts behind the MLB leader, New York Yankee Gerrit Cole and with a good month could top the league rankings.
Edmundo Sosa, who was getting the start at shortstop in place of Bryson Stott, played up to his elite standard at shortstop, while accounting for both of the Phillies early runs. Sosa homered off Marlins starter Jesus Lazardo in the 3rd inning to give the Phillies an early lead and later scored on an RBI sacrifice-fly off the bat of Alec Bohm in the 6th inning after he had originally been called out.
Marlins left fielder Brian Anderson fielded Bohm’s fly ball and made an amazing throw to home plate where Nick Fortes was able to put the tag on Sosa. Sosa was called out by the home plate umpire on the field, but upon review it was determined that Fortes was blocking the sliding path of Sosa before the ball got to his glove.
The rule is something new that the league suddenly decided to start enforcing after the All-Star Break. I don’t agree with the rule but I think the Phillies will take it.
Of course, its always just one game out of 162, but the victory tonight was one that seemed of utter importance for a Phillies team that will need to beat up on the division dwelling Marlins and Nationals if they are to approach 90 wins.
Edmundo Sosa hits a solo shot off of Marlins starter Jesus Lazardo in the 3rd inning to put the Phils on the board.
Brian Anderson ties it up with an RBI grounder past the sliding Jean Segura in the 4th inning.
JT ‘BCIB’ Realmtuo throws out a stealing Miguel Rojas at second base in the 5th inning.
Alec Bohm brings Edmundo Sosa home for his second run of the night after the initial out call is overturned by the replay booth based on the new rule preventing the catcher from blocking the plate.
Aaron Nola strikes out his 200th hitter of the season, the 4th time in his career that he has achieved that feat.
The Marlins tie the game up in the 8th inning on a Brian Anderson sacrifice fly.
JT Realmuto throws out his second runner of the night to keep former Phillies outfielder Nick Williams out of scoring position in the 9th inning.
Luke Williams misplays a lazy fly ball along the left field foul line allowing Bryce Harper to reach second base.
Jean Segura delivers with a walk-off RBI single in the 9th inning to score Bryce Harper from second base.
PHILS WIN 3-2!
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will look to make it two wins in a row over the Miami Marlins when they take them on in the second game of a three game series at Citizens Bank Park.
Bailey Falter (3-3, 4.08) will toe the rubber facing off against Trevor Rogers (4-10, 5.57) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:45 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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