Saturday, May 25, 2024

Game 52 - Phils Fall Flat in Denver

2024 Topps Heritage #91
Rockies 3
Phillies 2 (11 Innings)
Game 52 - Friday Night, May 24th in Denver
Record - 37-15, 1st Place, 6 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  A lack of timely hits and a rare blown save from Jose Alvarado led to this 3-2 extra-inning loss against the Rockies.

What It Means:  Baseball is unpredictable, and it's fitting the Phillies' historic run and seven-game winning streak would come to an end against the worst team in the National League.

What Happened:  Bryce Harper was ejected in the first inning for "discussing" balls and strikes, and the game seemed to lose some steam from that point forward.  Cristopher Sanchez pitched into the sixth inning, allowing a run on seven hits.  The Phillies' only runs came on solo home runs in the fifth inning from Nick Castellanos and Edmundo Sosa.

Holding a 2-1 lead, Alvarado got the first two outs of the ninth before pinch-hitter Jacob Stallings homered to left-center to tie the game.  Gregory Soto walked the bases loaded (one intentional, one unintentional) in the 11th.  Ezequiel Tover singled to left to score the winning run and giving the Rockies' their walk-off win.

Featured Card:  Jake Cave came to the plate with two runners on and a chance to win the game in the 11th, but Soto struck him out.  This is probably his final Phillies baseball card, from this year's Topps Heritage set.

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