Jake Thompson. Shout that name from the rooftops.
He was the undisputed star of today’s 3-1 win over the Marlins. He went six innings, allowed just three hits and struck out seven. And he walked no one. He dominated. It was exactly what he needed. (And we, too.)
The two teams battled the entire game, with both trading single, solitary runs in the fifth. So just looking at that, you might think it’s pretty equal. But you would be wrong. The Phillies had 11 hits on the day, and the Marlins had just four. Four! Beyond Jake Thompson, they were kept at bay by Juan Nicasio, Luis Garcia, and Hector Neris.
But those three relievers were’t the only ones to make an appearance today. So here’s another name to shout from the mountaintops:
Not long ago, Adam Morgan was beyond an afterthought. His resurgence is what legends are made of. Today, he went three full scoreless hitless innings, and walked one. He pitched the ninth, then went back out for the tenth and the eleventh. He is why the Phillies, after nine innings of one-run ball, were able to pull out the win.
That’s not the only reason of course. There had to be hitting. In the fifth inning, the Phillies needed four singles to get just one run across, but they did it. (They would leave nine men on base throughout the game.) And finally in the 12th, they broke out. Well, “broke out,” since they scored just two runs. Daniel Nava led off with a single, Cesar Hernandez walked, and then Nick Williams singled them both home.
Our good friend Matt Winkelman of Crashburn Alley and Phillies Minor Thoughts said it best.
6 innings of 1 run ball from Jake Thompson and a winning hit from Nick Williams, just like they drew it up two years ago— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) September 3, 2017
Things almost never go the way they drew it up. That’s the joy of baseball!