, Orioles 3
Game 152 - Wednesday Night, September 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 78-74, 2nd Place, 3 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: A few late-inning clutch hits delivered the win for the Phillies as they maintained their three-game deficit behind the Braves.
What It Means: The Phillies took two out of three from the worst team in baseball and they'll open a four-game series against the Pirates tonight. The Pirates, at 57-94, are the second worst team in the National League.
What Happened: The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, which was extremely frustrating given the Orioles starting pitcher (Keegan Akin) had a 6.93 ERA coming into the game. Zack Wheeler battled through six innings, allowing a run on four hits. The Phillies took a brief 2-1 lead thanks to a two-run home run from Andrew McCutchen in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, the Phillies took the lead for good when Jean Segura hit a sacrifice fly to score Matt Vierling and then J.T. Realmuto singled home Brad Miller. Ian Kennedy made the ninth inning interesting with a pair of walks, before retiring the Orioles and recording his ninth save.
Featured Card: Here's another card of McCutchen's alter ego, Uncle Larry, from the recent Topps Allen & Ginter release.