WATCH: Martin Maldonado cries like a baby after Zack Wheeler hit him with a pitch during the Phillies’ 6-1 route of the Houston Astros
Things got a little chippy between Zack Wheeler and Martin Maldonado in the bottom of the fifth inning during yesterday’s 6-1 Phillies win over the Astros.
With two outs and a runner on first, Zack Wheeler threw a pitch inside that hit Maldonado and the Astros’ catcher clearly had an issue with the pitch thrown, chirping at the Phillies’ ace as we walked down the first base line.
Zack Wheeler hits Martin Maldonado
The fact that anyone thinks Wheeler would actually hit Maldonado on purposed to put two runners on in a 2-0 ballgame while this guy was hitting .136 coming into last nights game while hitless in his last 23 at-bats is pretty ridiculous.
Good on Realmuto walking down the first base line making sure that Maldonado says in his own lane. I also love Alvarado and the bullpen coming in immediately just to make sure there is no funny business while the dug out all got to their feet ready to go if necessary, all while Wheeler is just sitting there with his glove out waiting for someone to throw him the baseball to keep this game moving.
The Fightins are playing some great baseball and while everyone on social media thought the sky was falling after a slow start, the Phillies are now 15-13 on the year and winners in eight out of their last 10 games, just 3.5 games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.
Falter, Phillies Look for Series Sweep
After two fantastic pitching performances from Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler to win the first two against the Astros, Bailey Falter will take the mound tonight looking to complete the 3-game series sweep.
Falter is 0-4 on the season with a 4.50 ERA and will be making his sixth start of the year. He will enter tonight with a 1.14 WHIP, 1.3 BB/9 and 6.1 K/9 in 28 IP.
In his last start, Falter threw six innings, allowing three earned runs and six hits while striking out seven against the Seattle Mariners last Tuesday.
Jose Urquidy will get the start for the Astros and will take the mound tonight with a 1-2 record and a heavy 5.74 ERA. He’ll also make his sixth start of the year and has a .75 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9 and 8.1 K/9 in 22 1/3 IP.
Last Monday against the Rays, Urquidy got rocked in just over two innings of work, allowing six earned run, seven hits, and two walks while striking out just three Tampa Bay batters.