After getting way ahead in the first inning, the Phillies needed yet another walkoff win to run their win streak to three. It’s not the preferred way to win games, but it’s a win.
Let’s talk about that start. The first inning saw the Phillies chase Yankees starter Jameson Taillon early after he allowed four runs on five hits, all of them singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly to Andrew McCutchen that came within feet of being a grand slam. It was pretty clear that Taillon did not have it today and when Alec Bohm singled in Rhys Hoskins to make it 4-0, Aaron Boone had had enough.
The Phillies took that lead into the second inning thinking they were going to coast, but Vince Velasquez was the starter and we all know things are never easy with him. Gary Sanchez homered to get one back, Brett Gardner hit an RBI triple to get another and the Yankees were suddenly within two, halving the lead and making it 4-2. It stayed that way until the fourth when Jean Segura singled in Odubel Herrera, who had doubled, to make the score 5-2.
The Yankees would threaten in the fifth when Velasquez allowed the first two runners to reach on a single and walk that brought out Caleb Cotham. Whatever Cotham said worked as Velasquez got D.J. LeMahieu to ground out, then struck out Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres on beautiful sequences, ending the threat and ultimately Velasquez’s day.
The Phillies continued their scoring in the bottom of the fifth when a walk to Hoskins, a single by McCutchen and another RBI single by Bohm gave the team one run, then another crossed the plate when Ronald Torreyes singled him McCutchen to give the team a seemingly insurmountable 7-2 lead.
Oh how wrong that would be.
The Yankees got a third run in the sixth when Rougned Odor homered back to New York to claw back another, then another in the eighth when Gary Sanchez singled home Judge to bring the Yankees within spitting distance. The ninth saw the Phillies go to Hector Neris in a save situation that, well, he didn’t save.
Two walks allowed brought LeMahieu back up and Hector did Hector things, leaving a splitter up just enough to allow the Yankees to tie it.
The Phillies threatened in the ninth, but didn’t push one across, sending it extra innings and Archie Bradley, who would enter the game for Neris. He locked up the Yankees with some heat, touching 95 miles per hour and making a case that it doesn’t always have to be Neris as the closer. So the stage was set for another walkoff win in the bottom of the tenth. Torreyes was the runner on second and made it to third on a bunt by Travis Jankowski, who made it safely into third since Aroldis Chapman threw high on the bunt attempt. When Herrera popped up for the first out, it brought Segura up to try and win the game again.
Folks, I could do without the walkoff wins. Just a nice, calm thrashing of the Yankees tomorrow would be nice.
They’ll go back at on Sunday at 1:00.