I avoided the Phillies game all night, turning my head from the big screen when the score ticker hit “MLB” and staying away from my phone as I hosted a monthly trivia night.
When I arrived home I opened the MLB At-Bat app and clicked on video. It was 10:30; I figured the game had ended a half-hour ago. I looked at Phillies vs. Reds … LIVE it said. Weird. I shrugged and opened the game.
Suddenly there was Pedro Florimon grounding out to second base. Oh boy, 12th inning? This kind of g- Scooter Gennett threw it wild! Florimon to second with no outs!
Then J.P. Crawford stepped in and laid down a perfect bunt. I wondered how this game unfolded, so I quickly checked the box sc- DAMNIT! I MISSED J.P. CRAWFORD’S FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN!
The Reds then walked Cesar Hernandez, who also homered earlier in the game, loading the bases for Scott Kingery. And the 23-year-old rookie, who hit his first major league homer in this series, then followed up with a grand freaking slam, then showed off his hose in his first major league start in left freaking field on Wednesday, waited and waited for the right pitch. 3-1. He could lift it. He did. The sacrifice fly easily scored Florimon, and the Phillies celebrated a 4-3 win to cap a three-game sweep of the Reds. The Phillies are now 6-5 after a sparkling homestand that gave fans a beautiful glimpse at the very near future.
This game also featured a five-star Odubel Herrera robbery (along with some outstanding defense from the Reds) and a Hector Neris blown save (which was bound to happen). Nick Pivetta (7 IP, 2 ER, 7 K, 0 BB) was very good. Also, Crawford and Hernandez obliterated those home run balls. Holy moly.
The Phils are off Thursday before a weekend set in Tampa Bay. After a bumbling start to the season the Woo Kids are above .500 and hoping to add more.