RING IT: Nick Castellanos leads the way with 3 RBIs, Jose Alvarado closes out a nail-biting 6-5 win
Nick Castellanos led the way for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night as they got back in the win column with a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
- Winning Pitcher: Craig Kimbrel (1-0)
- Losing Pitcher: Justin Topa (0-2)
- Save: Jose Alvarado (4)
After a 30-minute rain delay to start off tonight’s game, Nick Castellanos got the Phils on the board early with a 392-foot homer to right-center field to put the Phils up 2-0. Castellanos is now up to .333/.396/.531 on the year, with three homers in his last four games.
The top of the second didn’t go in Taijuan Walker’s favor, as JP Crawford crushed a grand slam to centerfield to put the Mariners up 4-2. Julio Rodriguez followed up Crawford with another homer into left-center, pushing the Mariners to a 5-2 lead.
The Phillies would start to chip away in the bottom half of the third with a Kyle Schwarber RBI single that scored Edmundo Sosa. Nick Castellanos would log another RBI in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it a one-run game.
Taijuan Walker exited after just four innings and 68 pitches with five earned runs allowed, two walks, and six strikeouts. The team later announced that Walker left with “right forearm tightness,” but Rob Thomson said after the game that the pulling of Walker was a precautionary move.
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The Phillies bullpen held it down with Luis Ortiz, Seranthony Dominguez, and Craig Kimbrel combining for four innings, two hits, and six strikeouts. Kimbrel threw just 14 pitches and continued his dominance of two weeks of no-run ball.
The pivotal 8th inning for the Phillies started off with a Nick Castellanos single, followed by a Brandon Marsh single to right that moved Nick over to third. JT Realmuto lined one to second that scored Nick Castellanos and moved Marsh over to third, tying the game up at 5-5. Alec Bohm continued the rally with a rope past Eugene Suarez at third, scoring JT Realmuto and giving the Phillies the 6-5 lead.
Jose Alvarado entered the game in the 9th inning and continued his historical stretch. JP Crawford lined a double to right field with two outs, but Alvarado struck out young star Julio Rodriguez to seal the game and give the Phillies the win. Alvarado is now down to a 0.79 ERA on the season.
Jose Alvarado was FIRED UP.
Next Up for the Phillies
The Fightins go for the series win against Seattle in a 1:05 matinee on Thursday afternoon. Matt Strahm (1-2, 3.00 ERA) gets the ball for the Phillies, going up against George Kirby (2-1, 3.57 ERA).