Captain America was not the star of this Phyllis’ victory, but that doesn’t mean that the impact of his characters from the night before didn’t carry over.
The Phillies made two straight wins in a row when they rallied for three tracks at the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday afternoon.
The victory gave the Phillies (30-31) a series victory and brought them ahead of the Braves (29-31) for second place in the NL East.
Alec Bohm, Odubel Herrera and Jean Segura had big goals in the 10th. Segura, who drove in three of Phyllis’ four tracks, won it with a shot from the wall in the left center. A single, but who cares, scored two wins to give Phils his second dramatic victory in less than 24 hours.
On Wednesday night, Phills won 2-1
It was the victory of the season and Phyllis, a team desperate for a spark, was still feeling the positive mood on Thursday.
“The walk yesterday was huge,” Segura said. “It gave us a boost to play a little better. To be able to win this one today, to come from behind, especially after we gave up in the early 10th, that’s huge. This tells you what type of team and what type of abilities we have to play this game. I think if we keep it that way together, I think this team can be really, really good. “
Time will tell how good Phyllis will be. They did not inspire confidence in the first 61 matches. They have many shortcomings and a number of them have been exposed in this series. But victory makes everything feel a little better. He can put a happy face even in the ugliest circumstances, such as a blown one-time lead in the ninth and three walks, wild terrain and a passed ball in the 10th. It all happened in this one.
Phyllis won another series for the first time since the first week of the season.
“It’s important because the alternative was that you don’t win today and you have a great opportunity to win another series against a team from your division,” said manager Joe Girardi. “It’s great for me. We get a day off, the boys can enjoy a little and then we go back to work on Saturday. “
For eight passes on Thursday, one word describes Phyllis’ upload: Brilliant. Zack Wheeler threw the ball for disqualification, scattered four goals, missed none and scored 12.
“He’s a big reason to have a chance to win this game,” Girardi said.
Wheeler signed a five-year, $ 118 million contract before the 2020 season. So far, it’s worth it. In 24 starts with the club he has 2.57 ERA.
His ERA in 13 starts this season is 2.29 and he has five double-digit punch games. Don’t be surprised if he’s in Denver for next month’s All-Star Game.
The lack of implementation support remains a big problem for Wheeler. He allowed just two runs in 7 1/3 assists in his previous start, but lost 2-1 to Washington.
In this one, Phyllis made Wheeler break into the bottom of the eighth pair from back to back from Herrera and Segura. That would be enough to win, but Hector Neris was marked as a homer to tie the game by Freddie Freeman with one at the top of the ninth. Herrera, who was worth a triple by not attacking his double in the eighth, could have robbed the homer and saved everyone a lot of trouble, but he covered his jump to the wall.
By the way, Freeman has 29 homers and 117 RBIs in 187 career games against Phyllis.
The top of the 10th was a crash for Phyllis with Jose Alvarado, who walked three bits and gave up running in the wild. Another scored when a ball was loaded with a pass to Rafael Marchan.
Alvarado’s savagery – he has 28 strokes but 22 walks for 21 2/3 passes – has the potential to break hearts and almost make it in this one. Less than 24 hours after Williams blew the lid off, Alvarado left the mound to the sound of boos from a crowd of 14,261.
“You will get that,” Girardi told Alvarado. “You will get balls, strikes and walks. I really like the idea of two of the things you will get – globe and strikeouts. I mean, it’s happening to him (wildly). “
Atlanta calmer Chris Martin conceded three goals in the bottom of the 10th.
Segura had the big one, with a car off the wall to limit the three-RBI day.
“I thought it was enough to make it for me, so I reduced it a little,” Segura said of his slow trot out of the box. “At the end of the day it’s a walk and we come home with a victory.
“Every time you get a hit on the clutch, it’s a really good feeling. This is the beauty of baseball. When you get these walks, when you get into these tight games and situations, and when you switch, that’s what people watch the most. “
Phyllis did not have consecutive winning victories from 26 to 27 June 2019. Segura won one of these games. Friday is a day off and the Yankees come on Saturday.
“When you struggle a little here and there, you look for moments like that,” Wheeler said. “(Wednesday) speaks for itself. It doesn’t matter how we win, as long as you can get it. The last two days have been exciting and we hope to be able to carry this through this weekend. “
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