Sunday, May 19, 2024

Game 47 - Phils Win Following Clemens' Clutch 9th Inning Homer

2024 Choice
Lehigh Valley IronPigs #2
Phillies 4
Nationals 3 (10 Innings)
Game 47 - Saturday Night, May 18th in Philadelphia
Record - 33-14, 1st Place, 4 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Kody Clemens hit a game-tying ninth inning home run and the Phillies battled back in the 10th to stun the Nationals in this thrilling 4-3 victory.

What It Means:  The Phillies lead the division by four games for the first time since the 2011 season.  Their 33-14 start ties the 1976 and 1993 Phillies teams for the best starts to a season in franchise history.

What Happened:  The team didn't give the 43,000+ in attendance much to cheer about until late in the game.  The Phillies were trailing 2-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh.  Bryson Stott, suddenly fairly hot, hit a solo home run to right center field to tie the score at 2-2.  The Nationals pushed across a run in the top of the ninth off reliever Orion Kerkering.  Down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth, Clemens came through with a dramatic home run to center off Nationals' closer Kyle Finnegan.

After a clean top of the 10th from Gregory Soto, the Phillies started the bottom of the 10th with ghost runner Johan Rojas at second.  Rojas went to third on J.T. Realmuto's fly ball to center, and he'd score the winning run on Bryce Harper's deep fly to center.

Featured Card:  Clemens has had a bunch of clutch performances so far this season, and his only 2024 baseball card to date in my collection is from the IronPigs team set.

Field Report:  Jenna and I met up with family for a pre-game meal at Pass and Stow, before heading to our seats in Section 315.  It's awesome to see the ballpark at capacity, and the atmosphere reminded me of the early 2010s when it seemed as if the Phillies won every night.  We also picked up two more cards from the Phillies Kids Club kiosk, putting us just eight cards away from a complete set.  Finally, we happened to stop by Bull's BBQ late in the game where Domonic Brown was a guest in lieu of the Bull himself, Greg Luzinski.

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