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Whew: Phillies 7, Royals 2

The Phillies won a series at home, and against the reigning World Series champs, no less.

Kansas City Royals v Philadelphia Phillies
Thanks to Chooch, I’m now imagining them doing that in black cowboy hats.
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I kept waiting for the Royals to come back and win this game. It seemed like they could at any minute, considering the state of Phillies pitching lately. But they didn’t. The Phillies beat the Royals by five runs, and the Royals didn’t have the lead once.

It first seemed like things could fall apart just five pitches into the first inning. Vincent Velasquez pitched to the first batter, and after Alex Gordon hit a single, Pete Mackanin and the trainer paid him a visit.

Todd Zolecki has a pretty great blow-by-blow account of the touch-and-go first inning.

Long talks with Cameron Rupp is my very favorite imaginary YouTube show.

So, uh, that’s not good. That’s very slow for Vinny Velasquez. No siree that is not good at all.

No, please make it stop. Please throw faster, Vinny.

That was the last batter in the first inning, and things got better from there. By the end of the fourth inning, he was touching 95 and 96 on the gun. He gave up a walk and then a two-out, two-run homer to Alex Gordon in the fifth, but it was overall a good outing for Vinny, especially since it could have gone in a much different direction.

Every position player had a hit today. But worthy mention were the three players who hit homers today: Cody Asche, Cameron Rupp, and Maikel Franco. Rupp had a two-hit game, and Franco had a three-hit game. Rupp’s homer was in the first inning, and it scored three runs off of Yordano Ventura. Asche’s bomb? It landed in the second deck in the third inning. Franco’s solo shot was in the eighth, his third and final hit of the day. The Phillies hitters were ready to hold up the pitchers with nothing but their bats, but thankfully they didn’t have to.

The Phillies just took two of three from the reigning World Series champions, and they won their first series at home since mid-May. And we’re not the only ones happy about this.

I love this team.