Bryce Harper and the Daycare spark comeback against the Orioles, Phillies walk it off 4-3 in South Philly
The Philadelphia Phillies lost 5 of 6 games heading into last night’s matchup against the Baltimore Orioles.
It’s been a rough week and a half for the Phillies. After taking 3 of 4 from the San Diego Padres, they lost back-to-back series against the Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Guardians before losing the first game against the American League’s best team in the Orioles on Monday night.
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With Kyle Gibson on the mound for Baltimore, it looked like last night was going to be the same the result. The former Phillies pitcher tossed six innings, allowing two earned runs and zero walks while striking out five.
The Phillies were down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning and on the night, four key members of the lineup posted the following stats at the plate.
- Kyle Schwarber: 0-4, 2 K
- Trea Turner: 0-4, K
- Nick Castellanos: 0-4, K
- JT Realmuto: 1-4, 3 K
Up until Bryce Harper’s game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, it appeared that the Phillies were yet again, going to put up a complete dud and drop another crucial game in the midst of a very tight Wild Card race.
Bryce Harper Game Tying Solo Home Run
Taijuan Walker was on the mound for the Phillies and labored through the first two innings of the game before finally settling in over the next three. On the night, Walker tossed 5.2 innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, and three walks while striking out four.
He turned the ball over to Matt Strahm, who worked through 1.2 innings while calling two hits and an earned run to give the Orioles a 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning.
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The Return of The Fightins
The Phillies ended the eighth quietly, before a ninth inning rally sparked an improbable comeback victory.
Trea Turner led off the bottom of the ninth and grounded out to shortstop to record the first out for Baltimore. Bryce Harper then singled on a sharp line drive to left field, as Nick Castellanos stepped up to the plate as the game’s winning run.
Castellanos, who continues to struggle as of late, struck out swinging.
That brought Bryson Stott to the plate with the Phillies down to their final out, losing 3-2.
Stott, who has been arguably the Phillies most clutch (and best) player this season delivered, roping an RBI double to the corner in right field that scored Bryce Harper the whole way from first base to tie the ball game 3-3.
Bryson Stott Game Tying RBI Double
Bryce Harper was MOVING from First to Home
HEAT CHECK: On the season, Bryson Stott is batting .300 with 9 home runs and 37 RBI with a .755 OPS. Over his last 30 games, Stott is batting .303 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI. The kid is on FIRE.
Alec Bohm then stepped up to the plate and delivered the Phillies a 4-3 win in walk off fashion with an RBI single to left as Citizens Bank Park erupted into chaos.
Alec Bohm Walk Off
NL Wild Card Update
The Phillies managed to keep pace in the crowded race to fill the three NL Wild Card spots, with all teams winning last night outside of the Miami Marlins.