Phillies drop regular season finale to Astros 3-2
Despite dropping game #162 to the Astros 3-2, the Phillies finished the 2022 season with an 87-75 record, good for their best mark since 2011 and more than enough to reach the postseason.
Astros (106-56) Beat Phillies (87-75)
- Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (17-6, 2.82)
- Losing Pitcher: Michael Plassmeyer (0-1, 3.68)
- Save: Ryan Pressly (33, 2.98)
Just to be clear, nothing about what actually happened on the field in this game matters. With their post-season position locked-in, getting the heck out of Houston without suffering any weird injuries and resting pitches was the only goal. However, I was relieved when the Phils managed to score two runs in the 8th inning thus avoiding their second straight shutout loss before entering the playoffs.
Win or lose in the wild card round let’s take a moment to give it up for the Phillies, who at 87-75 posted their best record since 2011.
The highlight of the ballgame was when the Maton brothers faced off against each other in the 8th inning. Apparently it was the first time that the Maton brothers had faced off against each other at any level of their baseball career.
With a 2-2 count, Nick Maton laced a single to right center much to the chagrin of his older brother who had a look of pure disgust on his face. After reaching first base, Nick gave a quick salute to the visiting team dugout where his teammates were going wild. His smile was a mile-wide and you just know that this Thanksgiving the topic of conversation at the Maton family dinner table will involve the meaningless hit within an inconsequential game.
As far as the biggest game in over a decade that will be happening this Friday afternoon, The Liberty Line has you covered for all Philadelphia Phillies postseason news, rumblings, and bad emotional takes.
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Up Next for the Phillies
It’s playoff time baby! The Phillies take on the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card with the first pitch scheduled for 2:07 EST from Busch Stadium in St. Louis. ABC will carry the broadcast of the game.
Zack Wheeler will take the mound facing off against TBD. The Cardinals have not yet decided on a starting pitcher between Chris Carpenter and Miles Mikolas.
New addition to the Phils roster, Michael Plassmeyer allows an RBI single to Chas McCormick.
The lights inexplicably go out at Minute Maid Park in the 2nd inning. Ughhh Houston, we have a problem!
Nick Maton vs Phil Maton
Winner Nick Maton!
Mandatory Photo Credit: Philadelphia Phillies