|1968 Topps #225|
Game 33 - Thursday Afternoon, September 3rd in Philadelphia
Record - 18-15, 2nd Place, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Alec Bohm's sacrifice fly in the 10th scored J.T. Realmuto, giving the Phillies a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep over the Nationals.
What It Means: In a press conference following a brutal loss to the Braves on August 22nd, Bryce Harper confidently stated the Phillies needed to win 9 of their next 10 games in order to turn their season around. With this latest win, that's exactly what they did.
What Happened: Zach Eflin departed after six innings with the score tied 4-4. David Phelps allowed a solo home run to Michael A. Taylor in the seventh to give the Nationals a temporary lead, but then Andrew McCutchen legged out an infield grounder in the eighth scoring Didi Gregorius in the process to tie the game again. The game stayed tied until Bohm's fly ball ended it and young third baseman had a game-winning RBI to go with his 3 for 4 day.
Also of note, Blake Parker loaded the bases in the 10th, but got out of the jam to pick up the win. Parker hasn't allowed an earned run yet this season over 8 appearances.
Featured Card: Bohm was ultimately the hero, but the bigger moment yesterday was the subdued pre-game ceremony that took place outside Ashburn Alley to retire Dick Allen's #15. Allen spoke briefly at the event with Mike Schmidt delivering a poignant keynote address lauding Allen's role as a team leader and one of his mentors. The sincere hope is that Allen will finally gain entrance into the Hall of Fame once the Golden Days Era Committee reconvenes for its vote. Once fans can return to the ballpark, hopefully in 2021, the Phillies will hold a public ceremony to honor Allen.
Transaction: Deivy Grullon (c) was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox and Reggie McClain (rhp) cleared waivers and as outrighted to Lehigh Valley. Both had been designated for assignment on August 31st.
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