June 23, 2021

Blue Jean baby: Phillies 4, Braves 3 (The Good Phight)


Coming off Wednesday night’s thrilling walk-off win, the Phillies seemed poised to squelch those good feelings with a dispiriting loss. But in the bottom of the 10th inning, the offense finally came to life, and Jean Segura’s single off the fence gave them a come-from-ahead-then-come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.

This should have been an easy win the way Zack Wheeler pitched. His line on the day: Eight innings, four hits, zero walks, twelve strikeouts, and zero runs. There was a time when that kind of line would have let you start the ninth inning even if your pitch count was at 105. But 2021 is not that year, and so Hector Neris was put in the game.

Neris had the top of the Braves order to deal with, and facing Ronald Acuña, Jr. and Freddie Freeman in succession is always tough. He got Acuña to strike out, but Freeman fared a little better:

Maybe Herrera should have been able to snag that, but if you’re depending on a fielder to catch a dead center ball over the fence, then something’s gone wrong.

Also in the “something gone wrong” category was the Phillies’ offense for most of the game. For the second straight day, they spent much of their…

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