Captain America wasn’t the star of this Phillies victory, but that doesn’t mean the impact of his heroics from the night before hasn’t passed on.
The Phillies scored two straight wins when they went up three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday afternoon.
The win gave the Phillies (30-31) a streak win and put them ahead of the Braves (29-31) to finish second in the NL East.
Alec Baum, Odubel Herrera and Jean Segura had hits at number 10. Segura, who led in three of Velez’s four runs, won it with a shot from the wall in the left center. One goal was scored, but who cares, two runs were scored to give the Phils their second dramatic win in under 24 hours.
On Wednesday night, the Phils won 2-1, when rising star Luke Williams put on an impressive performance helping Team USA qualify for the Tokyo Olympics – hence the Captain America nickname – with a two-round Homer with two wins. The bottom of the ninth inning.
she was Season win And the Phillies, a team in desperate need of a spark, were still feeling positive on Thursday.
“The shutdown yesterday was huge,” Segura said. “It gave us the impetus to play a little bit better. To be able to win this day, to come from behind, especially after we dumped her at the top of 10th place, that’s huge. That tells you what kind of team and what kind of ability we have to play this game. If we keep it together like this, I think this team can be really good.”
Time will tell how good Phillies will be. They didn’t exactly inspire confidence during their first 61 games. They have a lot of flaws and a number of them have been featured in this series. But winning makes everything a little better. He can put on a happy face even in the ugliest of circumstances, such as a quick lead in the ninth inning and three walks, a wild throw and a pass in the tenth. It all happened in this.
The Phillies won back-to-back series for the first time since the first week of the season.
“It’s important because the alternative is that you didn’t win today and you give a great opportunity to win another series against a team in your league,” said manager Joe Girardi. “For me, that’s great. We get a day off, the players can have a little fun and then we go back to work on Saturday.”
For eight rounds on Thursday, one word described the Velez monument: awesome. Zach Wheeler throws a young ball, scattering four hits, not walking with nothing and hitting 12.
“It’s a big reason for us to win that match,” Girardi said.
Wheeler signed a five-year contract worth $118 million ahead of the 2020 season. He’s been worth it so far. At 24 club starts, he has 2.57 ERA.
He started his ERA 13 times this season at 2.29 and has five double-digit strike games. Don’t be surprised if he’s in Denver for the All-Star Game next month.
The lack of playback support remains a huge problem for Wheeler. He only allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings in his previous start but lost 2-1 to Washington.
In this one, Velez earned Wheeler a bottom eighth in back-to-back doubles by Herrera and Segura. That would have been enough for a win, but Hector Neres has been rated a player associated with the game by Freddy Freeman with one win at the top of the ninth place. Herrera, who cost himself three times by not running too hard on his weak eighth, could have stolen Homer and saved a lot of grief for everyone else, but he missed his jump on the wall.
Incidentally, Freeman has 29 Homers and 117 RBIs in 187 career matches against the Phillies.
The top 10th place finish was a disaster for Phils as Jose Alvarado was going three strokes and giving up running in a wilderness. Another scored on a base-loaded pass ball that charged Rafael Marchand.
Alvarado’s savagery – he has 28 hits but 22 runs in 21 2/3 runs – has the potential to break hearts and it almost did this round. Less than 24 hours after Williams blew cover off the venue, Alvarado walked down the hill to the boos of the 14,261 crowd.
“That’s what you get,” Girardi said of Alvarado. “You’ll get the balls, the hits and the walks. I really like the idea of two things you’re going to get — the balls and the hits. I mean,[brutalism]happens to him.”
Atlanta’s undercut Chris Martin allowed three strokes in the bottom 10th place.
Segura had the big car, a drive from the wall to crown the three-day RBI.
“I thought it was enough to get him out of the box, which is why I pissed him a bit,” Segura said of his slow jog out of the box. “At the end of the day, it’s the first leg and we’re home with the win.
“Every time you get the clutch hit, it feels really good. That’s the beauty of baseball. When you get those dates, when you get into those tight games and situations, when you come in, that’s what people look at most.”
The Phillies have not had consecutive wins since June 26-27, 2019. Segura won one of those matches. Friday is a day off and the Yankees come on Saturday.
“When you struggle a little bit here and there, you look for that kind of moment,” Wheeler said. “(Wednesday) speaks for itself. It doesn’t matter how we win, as long as you can get it. The past two days have been exciting and hopefully we can continue to do so this weekend.”