Monday, June 10, 2024

Game 65 - Bullpen Spoils British Invasion

2024 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs #10
Mets 6
Phillies 5
Game 65 - Sunday Morning, June 9th in London
Record - 45-20, 1st Place, 9 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Gregory Soto and Jose Alvarado couldn't hold back the Mets, as the Phillies dropped the second London Series game, 6-5.

What It Means:  That was fun, until it wasn't.  I enjoyed the 10am start time, and this is the first Phillies game I've watched while enjoying my morning coffee.  The Phillies should have won both games of this series, but instead fell late to the Mets.

What Happened:  Taijuan Walker and David Dahl deserved to be the stars of this game.  Walker pitched well and was pulled after 5 2/3 innings with two runners on base and the Phillies holding a 3-0 lead.  He had struck out six and allowed only two hits.  Soto allowed both inherited runners to score, along with a run of his own, to tie the game at 3-3.  Dahl hit a dramatic, go-ahead pinch-hit home run in the seventh to once again give the Phillies the lead.

But Alvarado had a rare bad outing, allowing a pair of hits, a pair of walks and three runs.  One of the runs was unearned due to a passed ball by J.T. Realmuto.  The Phillies had their chance to come back in the bottom of the ninth.  With the bases loaded and one out, Nick Castellanos hit a squibber in front of the plate that resulted in a 2-3 game-ending double play.

Featured Card:  Dahl should have been the hero of this game, so I'll still give him the card.  This is his only card so far from 2024, from the IronPigs team set.

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