Zack Wheeler carries no-hit bid into the 8th, Phillies storm back to win fifth straight over the Tigers 3-2
Zack Wheeler carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning of the Phillies’ comeback 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers last night.
Wheeler dazzled through seven innings of work before ending his no-hit bid in the eighth inning. On the night, he tossed 7.1 innings of one-hit, one-run (unearned) baseball with eight strikeouts.
Zack Wheeler Masterclass
The Phillies of course, didn’t make things easy. Bryce Harper got them on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning on a sac fly that scored Kyle Schwarber.
The Phillies held a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning before Zack Short singled on a soft bunt ground ball to Seranthony Dominguez that scored Jake Marisnick to even the ball game.
The Tigers struck again thanks to Nick Maton, who singled on a ground ball to right field that scored Javier Baez.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Bryce Harper got things moving for the Phillies, ripping a first-pitch double to right. Turner walked to put two men on and Bryson Stott infield single loaded the bases.
Bryce Harper Double in the 9th
Brandon Marsh plated Harper on a sac fly to even the game 2-2 and Kody Clemens stepped up to plate, hitting a 2-1 sinker to right field to score Turner and give The Fightins a comeback, walk-off victory.
Kody Clemens Walks it Off
Listen, I know beating up on the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers might not completely convince you that the Philadelphia Phillies are “back” but you can’t argue with the results.
The starting pitching has been fantastic. Each Phillies’ starter has pitched seven or more innings in the last four games. The offense has been clutch when needed.
The Phillies dropped their first two games of the month and are now winners of five straight. As I have said over and over again on The Liberty Line, the official start of the Major League Baseball season is ALWAYS June 1st and thankfully, the Phillies have arrived on schedule.
Who they are playing is completely out of their control. Win ball games and on to the next one.
June – Phillies
- June 1st: L 2-4 NYM
- June 2nd: L 7-8 WSH
- June 3rd: W 4-2
- June 4th: W 11-3
- June 5th: W 8-3
- June 6th: W 1-0
- June 8th: W 3-2
Rifle Jones on the Mound for the Phillies Tonight
Tonight, the Phillies will send Ranger Suarez to the mound against Dodgers’ pitcher Michael Grove.
Suarez is coming off his best start of the season on May 30th where he went 6.2 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out four against the New York Mets.
Michael Grove has started five games for the Dodgers this season and is 0-2 with a 8.14 ERA.
Perfect opportunity to win six straight. Ring it.