Game 102 - Thursday Night, July 26th in Cincinnati
Record - 58-44, 1st place, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The offense launched a franchise-record 7 home runs, backing the big league debut of Ranger Suarez, in this 9-4 win in Cincinnati.
What It Means: The Braves lost and the Phillies now (unbelievably) have a 2 1/2 game lead in the division.
What Happened: Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams all homered twice with Carlos Santana homering once. The Phillies produced 18 total hits, with Williams going 4 for 5, Hoskins going 3 for 5 and Jorge Alfaro going 3 for 4. Suarez pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits.
Featured Cards: The only other time in franchise history that the Phillies hit 7 home runs in a game was back on September 8, 1998. In that game, Rico Brogna, Kevin Sefcik and Bobby Estalella all homered twice and Marlon Anderson homered once. That team was 23 1/2 games out of first place at the time.
Transaction: Suarez took the spot of Drew Anderson on the roster as Anderson was sent back to the IronPigs.