Phillies beat the Orioles 6-4, led by Jake Cave and Edmundo Sosa…wait what?
The Philadelphia Phillies won two straight against one of the American League’s best baseball teams in the Baltimore Orioles after losing five of their last six games to the Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Guardians.
Sosa hit a go-head home run in the bottom of the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park to give The Fightins a 6-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park last night, moving the Phillies yet again, into one of the three highly contested National League Wild Card spots.
I hate to throw around the “B” word but I have to say the Philadelphia Phillies, after two straight series duds against the Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Guardians, are officially back.
Two nights ago, it was Bryson Stott and Alec Bohm. Last night, it was Jake Cave and Edmundo Sosa.
Phillies Bottom of the Lineup
- Jake Cave: 2-4, RBI, R, K
- Edmundo Sosa: 1-2, HR, RBI, BB, R
- Brandon Marsh: 1-3, R
Ranger Suarez was on the bump and outside of coughing up a 3-run home run to Adley Rutschman in the top of the third inning that put the Orioles up 3-0 early in the ballgame, he pitched pretty well.
Suarez battled through six innings of work, allowing seven hits, four earned runs, and a walk while striking out six.
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With the Phillies down 3-0 and a first few innings that had fans thinking they were back to the bad baseball we have watched over the past 1.5 weeks, Jake Cave stepped up to the plate and roped a double to left field to score Brandon Marsh, cutting the Phillies deficit to two runs.
Jake Cave RBI Single
Nick Castellanos followed with an RBI single to centerfield to make the ballgame 3-2.
JT Realmuto Go-Ahead 2 RBI Double
The Phillies were able to take the lead the following inning thanks to JT Realmuto who doubled to the wall in left, scoring Bryson Stott and Alec Bohm.
Realmuto, Stott, and Bohm all had a hit a piece last night and for all the hitting struggles at the top of the order, last night was a step in the right direction.
- Schwarber: 0-3, R, BB, K
- Nick Castellanos: 1-3, RBI
- Bryce Harper: 1-4, RBI
In the top of the sixth inning, Jake Cave Struck again, this time defensively
With the Phillies holding a one run lead, with two outs in the inning, Ramon Urias crushed a baseball to deep left field. Cave sprinted back, leaped at the wall and was miraculously able to reel it in as it tailed back over his shoulder and he crashed into the Yuengling Lager sign on the left field wall.
Austin Hays would tie the game for the Orioles in the top of the seventh inning before Edmundo Sosa stepped up to the plate in the bottom half of the inning, crushing a no-doubt home run to deep right field to put the Phillies up 5-4.
Edmundo Sosa Solo Home Run. Clutch.
Bryce Harper Insurance Run
Bryce Harper would give the Phillies an insurance run the same inning as the bullpen shut down the Orioles to earn a 6-4 win.
National League Standings
The Atlanta Braves are now just 3-7 over their last 10 games. With the series win against the Orioles, the Phillies are now just 10 games behind Atlanta in the National League East standings as we wrap up the July month of the 2023 MLB season.
The Phillies winning a series against the Baltimore Orioles and hopefully snapping out of their recent struggles is even better when you look at their upcoming schedule. They will play their next 14 games against the Pirates, Marlins, Royals, and Nationals.
Day off today. Pittsburgh tomorrow. Ring it.
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