One swing of the bat can mean so much in a playoff race.
Look what happened Tuesday night in Miami.
Look what happened in Philadelphia.
Down in Miami, the Milwaukee Brewers, who are locked in the same National League wild-card race as the Phillies, lost their best player, reigning league MVP Christian Yelich, for the remainder of the season when he suffered a broken right kneecap on a foul ball in the first inning.
Yelich entered the night leading the league in slugging (.672) and OPS (1.102). The Brewers won their game in Miami, but can they survive the rest of the way without Yelich? His injury could change the complexion of the wild-card race as it nears the wire.
Meanwhile in Philadelphia, the Phillies were 6-5 winners over the Atlanta Braves. The Phils won it on the strength of five home runs and some nifty bullpen work turned in by five relievers, three of them who’d been released by their old clubs over the last six weeks. In all, the ‘pen pitched six innings and allowed just one run after Jason Vargas had trouble throwing strikes and exited after three innings.
“That’s a very difficult lineup to navigate through six innings and our bullpen did a tremendous job,” manager Gabe Kapler.
The Braves are a power plant. They have 230 homers, second-most in the NL and six shy of a team record.
The Phillies are not a power plant. They entered the night ranked 11th in the NL with 186 homers. But the power came on in this one and the win left the Phils with a chance to close to within two games of the second NL wild-card spot, depending on the outcome of the Cubs-Padres game in San Diego. Oh, by the way, the Cubs have also endured a recent injury to a star player as Javier Baez went down with a broken thumb last week. The Phils have 18 games left and are in the thick of the race with the Cubs, Brewers and Diamondbacks.
The Phillies came out with four runs – on three homers – in the first inning. J.T. Realmuto, Bryce Harper and Corey Dickerson all went deep against Max Fried.
Vargas gave up the lead in the third inning, but the Phillies got it back – for good – on one swing of the bat, one swing of the bat that will make it onto the team’s end-of-season highlight video.
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Source:: Daily Times