Phillies 6, Red Sox 5 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)
Game 38 - Tuesday Afternoon, September 8th in Philadelphia
Record - 21-17
One Sentence Summary: Alec Bohm bailed out the Phillies bullpen with a game winning single in the bottom of the 7th to score Didi Gregorius with the winning run.
What It Means: Not to give away the ending for the second game, but the bullpen continues to be a concern.
What Happened: The Phillies held a 4-1 lead going into the 5th when Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers hit back-to-back home runs off Zach Eflin to make it 4-3. Tommy Hunter surrendered the lead in the 6th with a home run to Bobby Dalbec followed by an RBI double from Devers.
Fortunately for the Phillies, the Red Sox bullpen is just as suspect as theirs. Down a run, Red Sox closer Matt Barnes walked J.T. Realmuto to start the inning and Gregorius singled after Jean Segura had struck out. Bohm lined his game winning hit to left, scoring both Realmuto and Gregorius for the win.
Gregorius had homered in the 2nd to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead.
Featured Card: I love listening to the Phillies broadcasters gush about how much of a professional hitter Bohm looks to be. It's also great that he seems to usually be the guy at the plate when the game is on the line, and more often than not he's come through.
Transaction: Garrett Cleavinger (lhp) was added to the roster as the 29th man for this double header, but he didn't see any action in either game.
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