Phillies 9, Braves 4
Game 105 - Sunday Afternoon, July 28th in Philadelphia
Record - 55-50, 3rd place, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Arguably the team's four best players - Aaron Nola, Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto - did their jobs and the Phillies salvaged the series with the Braves.
What It Means: For the first time in a very long time, I listened to the entirety of a Phillies game while sitting on the beach. I've really missed doing that. This used to be a regular occurance during my younger days and up through college but when two kids came along, the ability to sit and relax and listen to a Phillies game on the beach was next to impossible. With the boys getting older, and now more self-sufficient on the beach and able to swim well, I took advantage of the beautiful weather and listened to Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Jim Jackson call the game.
What Happened: Nola was doing great until hitting the seventh inning. Through the first six innings, he allowed three hits while striking out eight and walking one. Up 6-0, home runs from Ender Inciarte and Johan Camargo led to Nola being chased from the game. Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Phillies back some breathing room.
Earlier in the game, Harper (18) and Adam Haseley (3) both homered and Realmuto added a fifth inning grand slam (14).
Featured Card: Realmuto's slam was the big hit of this game, and it came at a crucial juncture where the Phillies absolutely had to score some runs. As the team's sole All-Star Game representative, Realmuto received this Topps Now All-Star card.
Transactions: Cole Irvin was sent back down to Lehigh Valley and Edgar Garcia was recalled to take Irvin's place in the bullpen.