What should’ve been an easy win, based on what we saw in the first inning, turned into a near nightmare.
Luckily, Adam Haseley had some heroics in store before the fireworks.
The Phillies got off to a fantastic start in the first inning. Jean Segura, who’s season has him near the lead for the All-Star vote for NL third basemen, led off with a single, then moved to second on an Andrew McCutchen walk. Both men moved up when starter Marco Gonzales uncorked a wild pitch before allowing a sacrifice fly to Bryce Harper, his 70th RBI of the season. When Rhys Hoskins singled through the hole into left, McCutchen held up at third and put men at the corners, bringing up Scott Kingery. Kingery, who has caught fire here a little bit, proceeded to drill a ball into deep left field stands, giving him a three-run home run and the Phillies a 4-0 lead before Jake Arrieta even threw a pitch.
Arrieta moved quickly through the first seven batters before J.P. Crawford homered against him, pushing the Mariners within three. Arrieta wouldn’t get any more trouble until the fifth inning, when singles from Kyle Seager and Jake Fraley, followed by a free pass allowed to Tom Murphy, loaded the bases with no one out. Crawford then singled to score Seager, but Roman Quinn, manning centerfield today, proceeded to throw out Fraley at the plate for the first out of the inning. That helped the Phillies immensely since the next two men went down meekly and further damage was averted, the score at 4-2.
In the sixth, the Mariners got a single from Mitch Haniger and a walk issued to Dan Vogelbach before Arrieta allowed a run scoring double to Seager, ending Arrieta’s day with men on first and second and only one out. Blake Parker entered and allowed Fraley to single in Vogelbach, tying the game at 4, before squelching further damage to the team.
The score stayed knotted at 4 for the next three inning, sending the game to the 11th inning. Jay Bruce worked a two-out walk, bringing Haseley up to the plate, who entered the game as a pinch hitter against Carl Edwards, Jr. The move paid off when Haseley stroked a double that saw Bruce huffing and puffing his way home with the lead run. Haseley himself scored when Segura singled him home with an insurance run, making it 6-4. Victor Arano and Robert Stock locked down the bottom portion of the inning, giving the Phillies the win.
The teams will wrap up their series tomorrow before the Phillies have an off day, moving on to Houston for a big matchup.