Game 29 - Sunday Night, August 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 14-15, Tied for 2nd Place, 3 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Down 10-0 in the second, the Phillies nearly pulled off what would have been one of their most impressive comebacks in franchise history.
What It Means: Having just missed completing a three-game sweep of the first place Braves, the Phillies open a crucial four-game series tonight with the last place Nationals.
What Happened: The early deficit was courtesy of Jake Arrieta (1 1/3 innings, 7 runs, 6 hits, 3 walks) and David Hale (1 2/3 innings, 3 runs, 3 hits). It was Arrieta's shortest outing of his career and Hale's Phillies debut.
The comeback began in the bottom of the second when Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run to right. It continued in the third when the Phillies plated six runs with the big hits coming from Andrew McCutchen (RBI double), Rhys Hoskins (2-run home run) and Gregorius again (2-run triple). The Phillies got to within a run when Roman Quinn and McCutchen hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to make it 11-10 Braves.
The lousy outing from Arrieta and questionable umpire calls were the big factors in the loss, with manager Joe Girardi earning his first ejection in a Phillies uniform in the ninth.
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Transaction: Mickey Moniak was added to the team's Player Pool, and many were quick to point out that players not included in a team's Player Pool were ineligible to be traded before today's 4pm deadline. By my very unofficial tally, I believe the Phillies now have 25 players training at their alternate site in Lehigh Valley. It's 26 if you count the rehabbing Ranger Suarez.
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