Most nights when I recap the game, I write as I go, making note of significant happenings along the way. When the game is over, I use those to write my recap.
Tonight, I had two things noted at the end of nine innings.
Odubel Herrera: hell yes.
Nick Pivetta: super torqued.
Pivetta enjoyed Odubel's catch pic.twitter.com/x3Pn7NPybR— chris jones¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) April 18, 2018
That was it. By the end of nine innings, the Phillies and Braves were tied 1-1. And it was nine of the most boring innings you could imagine. And it wasn’t all that great, either. The Phillies danced on the edge for most of the game, with the edge being “barely passable baseball” and the void below being pretty shitty baseball. It was a miracle that the Phillies were tied, and the seventh inning felt like the eleventh inning, and there was no end in sight.
HOW IS THIS GAME STILL TIED— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) April 18, 2018
why is this happening— chris jones¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) April 18, 2018
As the tenth inning began, the Phillies remembered how to hit, and finally got down to business. Scott Kingery led off with a walk, and then had a very dramatic steal of second where he was hanging onto the base with literally two fingers. Cesar Hernandez singled and moved Kingery to third, and Cesar eventually stole second. With two runners in scoring position, Rhys Hoskins came to the plate. And with a mighty swing, he sent a bullet to right field.
God yes. That scored two, and Aaron Altherr joined Hoskins on base with a walk. Then Maikel Franco delivered the decisive blow with a well placed double to a completely vacant part of deep left center.
You might be fooled into thinking that the run scoring was the best part of the Phillies 5-1 win. But the actual best part was the profane Braves fan that was sitting right near the press box and the broadcast booth.
"Throw a fucking strike!" a Braves fan yelled. Jose Ramirez then threw a strike that Maikel Franco hit to the wall for a two-run double.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 18, 2018
Franzke -"Thankfully for the FCC license that we hold, the inning comes to an end..."— Franzke & LA (@FranzkeLA) April 18, 2018
"This asshole has a 3 WHIP!" the same fan yelled. Fresh act. Real fresh. https://t.co/q4c1OXVGrR— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 18, 2018
Inject the misery of Braves fans directly into my veins. It’s all I want forever.