Thursday, April 22, 2021

Game 18 - Phils Salvage Series on Knapp's Walk-Off Single

2018 Topps Heritage Minor League
1969 Topps Deckle Edge #29
Phillies 6
, Giants 5
Game 18 - Wednesday Afternoon, April 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 9-9, 2nd Place, 1/2 game behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Despite Darin Ruf's best efforts, the Phillies managed to walk-off with a 6-5 win after Andrew Knapp singled Bryce Harper home in the ninth.

What It Means:  It's a win, and I'll take it.  But the Phillies are definitely struggling right now and they'll try to right the ship with three games in Denver followed by four games in St. Louis.

What Happened:  Mickey Moniak delivered his first career home run with a three-run shot to left in the second.  The Phillies held a 4-1 lead going into the seventh when pinch-hitter Ruf hit a three-run home run of his own off reliever Brandon Kintzler.  The Giants eventually took the lead in the inning after Andrew McCutchen dropped a Mike Yastrzemski fly ball in left field and Yastrzemski would come around to score on an Alex Dickerson single.  In the bottom of the inning, the red hot Harper homered to center to again tie the game.  Harper walked to lead off the ninth, went to second on Brad Miller's fourth hit of the day, and scored the winning run on Knapp's single.

Featured Card:  While Knapp had the game-winning hit here, I wanted to celebrate Moniak's first career home run.  He's off to a slow start (batting .111 - 2 for 18) but hopefully he picks it up soon.  Aside from McCutchen's awful start, the team's lack of production from center field has been one of its biggest problems through the first 18 games.

Transaction:  Jean Segura (2b) officially landed on the injured list with a right quad strain and Ramon Rosso (rhp) was sent back to Lehigh Valley.  Scott Kingery (inf) and Spencer Howard (rhp) were both recalled with Howard striking out the side in the eighth.

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