Sunday, April 21, 2024

Game 21 - Wheeler, Phillies Offense Master Sox

2024 Topps Heritage #493
Phillies 9
, White Sox 5
Game 21 - Saturday Night, April 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 13-8, 2nd Place, 2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Zack Wheeler took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and the Phillies offense supported him with clutch hitting in this 9-5 win over the White Sox.

What It Means:  The Phillies will go for a series sweep, and their sixth win in a row, on Sunday afternoon behind Aaron Nola.

What Happened:  Wheeler lost his no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning when Korey Lee singled up the first base line.  He departed to a standing ovation, having allowed the one hit, two walks and striking out eight.  The game should have been a shutout but the White Sox batted around against reliever Ricardo Pinto in the ninth.  Pinto allowed five runs, and Jose Alvarado had to come in for a one-pitch save.

The Phillies scored their runs in bunches.  Brandon Marsh hit a two-run home run in the second, and Johan Rojas singled home Nick Castellanos a few batters later, giving the Phillies an early 3-0 lead.  Castellanos hit a two-run single in the fifth, Bryce Harper added an RBI single in the sixth and J.T. Realmuto contributed a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0 Phillies.  Turner plated two final runs with an RBI double in the seventh.

Featured Card:  Wheeler's ERA dropped to 2.30 and he picked up his first win of 2024 after finally receiving some run support.  This is his 1975 Topps-inspired Topps Heritage card.

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