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THE PHILLIES BEAT THE METS IN EXTRA INNINGS!!
I KNOW, RIGHT?!
But it totally happened. It took four hours and eight million pitchers, but it absolutely happened. So let’s talk about it!
But first, go and read TGK’s fantastic recap. And then we can talk about it!
Zach Eflin was awesome, and so was the bullpen
Eflin had a rough first inning, but sat down 12 of the last 14 batters he faced. He gave up two runs, but they were all in the first. And the bullpen? Oh, the bullpen.
Phillies bullpen allows one hit in five innings of stellar relief of Zach Eflin. Mets record just 2 hits after 1st inning.— Ben Harris (@byBenHarris) April 19, 2017
Music to my ear holes.
Freddy Galvis’ mistake didn’t matter
In the eighth inning, Galvis failed to run out a pop up that Jose Reyes ended up dropping. It was part of a confluence of events that allowed the Phillies to tie the game, but not take the lead. It was not something we’re used to seeing Galvis do, and thankfully it didn’t end up mattering, but it wasn’t great. It’s hard to hold it against Freddy in the long run, because again: he never really does this kind of thing. Here’s what Pete Mackanin had to say about it.
Hard to disagree with you, Mack.
Andy MacPhail talks pitching with reporters
Whenever team president Andy MacPhail talks to reporters, I feel better, because he always says the right things. It’s not like Ruben Amaro saying the “right” things to get reporters to stop asking him questions, it feels more honest than that. He spoke to reporters yesterday, mostly about the Clay Buchholz injury and its ramifications, and said things like this (from Todd Zolecki’s article) about the trade itself:
"I think there's a difference between reviewing your decision-making process and determining if there were any pieces of information that you should have considered that you didn't," MacPhail said. "I don't think that's the case.
"What you can do differently is not have to depend upon getting pitching from that area, really. It's one of the reasons that you haven't seen us go beyond a year. An organization can absorb an injury for a year. You just don't want one that's going to sink you."
It’s like angels singing and kittens mewing and unicorns galloping across a grassy plain. Read the whole thing, you won’t be sorry.
Around the Phight
- There were a flurry of roster moves yesterday, and it started with Clay Buchholz having surgery and Zach Eflin being recalled to start last night’s game.
- Then Howie Kendrick was placed on the DL for an abdominal strain, and Mark Leiter Jr. was called up.
- You owe it to yourself to read Justin Klugh’s amazing piece on what exactly a “Philly guy” is.
Tweet of the day
Because the Twitter feed of our friend Chris Jones (AKA Long Drive) is always gold, I thought I’d feature a few of his tweets that won’t get us a takedown notice from MLBAM’s lawyers. (I hate you, MLBAM! Never forget that I hate you with all my heart!)
This was almost us last night.
when you get excited to watch the Phillies game pic.twitter.com/WE2eWTYcPh— chris jones¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) April 19, 2017
I just love this gif of Cameron Rupp.
He may kind of suck as a catcher, but as a dude he’s absolutely adorable.