Saturday, June 10, 2023

Game 63 - Schwarber Continues Torrid June with Walk-Off Bomb

2023 Phillies Kids Club
Phillies 5
, Dodgers 4
Game 63 - Friday Night, June 9th in Philadelphia
Record - 31-32, 3rd Place, 8 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Kyle Schwarber, who has been crushing the ball so far in June, hit a game-winning ninth inning home run off Dodgers' reliever Caleb Ferguson to give the Phillies a 5-4 win.

What It Means:  After losing five in a row, the Phillies now have a six-game winning streak.

What Happened:  Ranger Suarez pitched well for six innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out eight.  He departed with the Phillies holding a 4-1 lead.  In the third, Schwarber tripled (!) to lead off the inning and came home when Bryce Harper singled to right.  In the fifth, the Phillies scored three more times.  Edmundo Sosa singled, Kyle Schwarber walked and Nick Castellanos ("Nicky Two Bags") doubled home Edmundo Sosa, with Schwarber scoring soon after on a wild pitch.  Trea Turner, hopefully heating up, singled home Castellanos.

Matt Strahm gave up a two-run home run to Mookie Betts and a solo home run to Freddie Freeman to allow the Dodgers to tie up the game, 4-4.

Featured Card:  Schwarber's walk-off home run came with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.  It was his fourth home run in June, and his 1.172 OPS is a result of having eight hits, with all but two of them for extra bases.  This is his Phillies Kids Club card, available exclusively at the ballpark.  Ben is getting closer to a complete 12-card set.

Field Report:  We were there!  My employer gifted me four great seats in Section 135, Row 10, for a decade of service.  It was another crowded night at the ballpark, but Ben managed to make his way over to the Phillies Kids Club kiosk for a few more cards for his growing collection.  It was a fun night, watching two great teams, with the right team ultimately winning.

Transaction:  Prior to the game, Jose Alvarado (lhp) was activated from the Injured List and Connor Brogdon (rhp) was optioned to Lehigh Valley.

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