After the bullpen coughed up yet another lead, Scott Kingery came through late to walk the game off in the eleventh. No better time for his first homer of the season!
Andrew McCutchen started the scoring off with a solo homer in the bottom of the third off Braves’ starter Robbie Erlin. Fitting that the man most behind the Phils’ decision not to play yesterday would open the scoring on Jackie Robinson Day. When he crossed the plate, he patted the Jackie Robinson Day patch on his shoulder.
We really don’t deserve McCutchen.
After Marcel Ozuna scored the Braves’ first run with a double, Jean Segura kept the Phils on top with a two-run shot in the fourth. Zack Wheeler started, and pitched into the sixth allowing only two runs, before being relieved by Adam Morgan.
Relieved. There’s that word again. We keep using that word. I do not think it means what we seem to think it means.
Morgan kept the Braves off the board in the sixth, but took the hill again to start the seventh. His first pitch landed beyond right center field. His second pitch landed beyond left field. Tie game.
Thankfully, Tommy Hunter, Hector Neris, Brandon Workman, Heath Hembree and Blake Parker all pitched scoreless innings, letting the Phils bat in the bottom of the eleventh, still tied.
JT Realmuto started on second, which, by the way, is a dumb rule. The Friday Night Roundtable discussion all seemed to agree. Jean Segura bunted him to third. Didi Gregorius was intentionally walked. Neil Walker struck out, bringing up Scott Kingery.
this might be the best gif ever pic.twitter.com/YfI3jMgGB2— Absolutely Hammered (@AH_Pod) August 29, 2020
No better way to break out of a slump.
Also tonight, the world learned of the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman at 43, from colon cancer. Rest in peace, Chadwick. Too soon.
I met you at the premier of 42 in Pittsburgh in 2013. Even though you were in the spotlight and all eyes were on you, I remember you saying, “I’m that one that’s starstruck by all of these athletes here.” That’s the man you were. Humble. You will be missed. RIP Chadwick Boseman pic.twitter.com/ypJc1yUq9p— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) August 29, 2020
Fuck cancer. Always.