Who says baseball is boring?
Just when you thought that a baseball game would never return to the exciting ways of yore, Sunday’s game brought back memories. It had it all.
An unending game that seemed to stretch for days in the heat? Check.
Double digit runs by one of the teams? Check.
A super long inning where one team scored all the time? Check.
Bullpens getting used early and often? Check.
Protective netting descending onto the field of play? uh....check.
Yessir, this game was one for the memory books. It started off rough as Vince Velasquez struggled to put the Nationals away. His first two innings were fine, but the Velasquez that we have come to know and gnash our teeth at reared his head in the third and fourth innings, giving up three runs on four hits and one walk, all while running that pitch count up, up, up!
But in the bottom of the fourth, down 3-0, the offense awoke and did their damage. J.T. Realmuto drew a one out walk, then went to second on a Bryce Harper single that didn’t beat the shift. Rhys Hoskins reached on an error that loaded the bases for Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen singled to drive in their first run, followed by back to back walks with the bases loaded that tied the game up. Ronald Torreyes reached on a fielder’s choice, leaving the bases loaded but giving the Phillies the lead. Matt Joyce pinch hit for Velasquez, ending his day, struck out but the team got a run home on a wild pitch on that strike out. Odubel Herrera singled to left, plating two and ending the scoring for the inning and putting the Phillies on top, 7-3.
It wasn’t over though as the Phillies tried to bake their fans in the stands by scoring so much and so often that they had to stay for over four hours of baseball. They got two more in the fifth when Miller launched a moon shot to right field for a two-run home run that made it 9-3.
The Nationals did make it interesting briefly in the sixth when Brandon Kintzler Kintzlered all over the mound, letting in three runs before being lifted for Sam Coonrod, who shut the door on Washington. The Phillies would get it back right away when Realmuto stepped up with two runners on.
You’d think the entertainment would stop there, but when the netting behind home plate decided to make an appearance in the game, that’s when things got really fun.
I am disappointed that it didn’t sound like the cages getting broken in Jurassic Park pic.twitter.com/X3o1iaJaJI— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) June 6, 2021
The play by play of this, whether on the radio or on the television broadcast, was tremendous. This is the Nationals’ broadcast, but it does give you the sense of wonder people had watching the groundcrew work.
Phillies had all hands on deck trying to put the netting back up after it fell and the stadium DJ played the appropriate music while they did it pic.twitter.com/xfzIR2Gk1U— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 6, 2021
What a day.
The team is off tomorrow before a big series against the Braves.