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2021 Postgame Recaps

Harper, McCutchen lead Phillies to fifth consecutive win

Bryce Harper continues to have success against his former team. (Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

Final Score: Phillies 12, Nationals 6

The two former National League MVPs in the Philadelphia Phillies lineup — Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen — helped lead them to their fifth consecutive win Tuesday evening in an offensive onslaught against the Washington Nationals.

After Harper successfully bunted his way on to lead off the top of the third inning, McCutchen cut into an early 3-0 deficit that the Phillies faced by hitting what SportsRadio 94 WIP‘s Dan Wilson called “the hanger of the year” 409 feet:

The 3-2 score was short-lived, however. To the surprise of some, Matt Moore returned to the mound for the top of the fourth inning. The 32-year-old lefty walked Logan Thomas to begin the inning, before Carter Kieboom hit his second home run in as many nights:

The Phillies had a chance to really cut into the Nationals 5-2 lead in the fifth inning against an erratic Patrick Corbin but failed to do so.

To be fair, a defensive miscue between Corbin and Kieboom allowed the Phillies to score a run that they probably didn’t deserve to when Jorge Bonifacio swung on 2-0 and hit a dibbler down the third base line that plated a run. Ultimately, the bases were left loaded when Ronald Torreyes grounded out to end the inning, leaving the Phillies still down 5-3.

Inexplicably, Nationals manager Dave Martinez allowed Corbin to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning and return to the mound in the top of the sixth, which proved to be disastrous.

Matt Vierling — called up Tuesday with Travis Jankowski going on the paternity list — started at first Tuesday and collected four hits. The second of those hits came to lead off the sixth inning, which set up Rafael Marchan to hit his second career major league home run:

After Nick Maton walked, Andres Machado came in to relieve Corbin, but was unable to stop the bleeding. Freddy Galvis singled into right field before Jean Segura was hit by a pitch, bringing Harper to the plate with the bases loaded and no one out. Harper was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, but not before driving in two runs:

McCutchen and Odúbel Herrera also drove in runs in what turned out to be a six-run inning. The Phillies entered the top of the sixth inning down 5-3. Nearly 25 minutes later, they had a 9-5 lead.

In the top of the ninth inning, Brad Miller added two more runs with a pinch-hit blast, his second home run in the series:

Before the inning was out, Jean Segura crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

The Phillies didn’t get a good start from Moore, but Bailey Falter, Sam Coonrod, José Alvarado and Héctor Neris all pitched at least one scoreless inning in relief. Enyel De Los Santos gave up one run in the ninth inning, but it ultimately didn’t matter as the Phillies secured their 68th win of the season.

In theory, the Phillies are slated to go for the sweep Wednesday evening in D.C., though there’s a very real chance that the effects of Hurricane Ida could push that game to Thursday, when both teams are scheduled to be off.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

  • Matt Moore struggled against the Nationals, allowing six hits and five earned runs across 3 1/3 innings. With his ERA on the season now at 6.49, you’re left to wonder if Moore will remain in the rotation the next time around.
  • Patrick Corbin struggled Tuesday evening, allowing nine hits and six earned runs across five innings. On the season, the 32-year-old now has a 6.26 ERA. Corbin was fifth in baseball in fWAR between 2018 and 2019, but he’s declined pretty dramatically. The craziest part of it all is that Corbin is still owed $82 million over the next three seasons because the Nationals backloaded his deal.

Phillies Nugget Of The Game

Ticket IQ Next Game

  • Wednesday Sept. 1 vs. Washington Nationals at Nationals Park
  • 7:05 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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  1. Martin Bryant

    September 1, 2021 at 6:10 am

    In yesterday’s big win, Girardi explored every corner of his perilously thin bench.
    The Phils are currently carrying 14 pitchers and 12 position players and that includes
    Realmuto – day to day
    Gregorius & Jankowski – paternity leave 3 – days
    So in the game last night they used everyone they have – and they only had 1 catcher, only (outfielders) Miller (& Vierling) as first basemen, only three infielders (no spares). And only Bonifacio in the outfield as a spare.

    The Phillies get two roster slots today (from 26 players to 28). They are going to need to use one or both of these for position players. When Luke Williams returns from the COVID IL they may need to send Vierling down in spite of his heroics to make for Williams just because Luke can play anywhere. They may want to make room for Knapp and carry 2 1/2 catchers (sharing injured Realmuto with 1st base). Dombrowski seemed clear they aren’t ready to bring Bohm back yet, but that could happen before the season’s end, Williams or Vierling would likely give up their spot for that.

    As for pitchers – they have Eflin, Velasquez and Seranthony Dominguez who could return from the IL during the remainder of the season (Dominguez from the 60 day IL. So we might wind up sending Hammer (1.76 ERA, 15 Ks since the All star break), De los Santos (4.5, 21Ks), and/or Brogdon (2.7, 13Ks) down to make room. Velasqeuz has enough seniority that he has to be released, he can’t be assigned down – and maybe that’s not a bad idea. Dominguez can be assigned.

    • Martin Bryant

      September 2, 2021 at 8:01 am

      They used neither of the two spots for position players. Calling up Cam Bedrosian (Steve Bedrosion’s son) and another RHP. Dominguez came off of the IL and they sent him down for more work. They also put Gregorius on a restricted list as he went home to the Netherlands for paternity leave and is having some trouble with weather returning. The next relief for the position players will come from 1) Realmuto’s recovery (hopefully), 2) Jankowski’s return from paternity leave 3) Luke Williams & Knapp’s return from COVID IL & 4) Didi’s eventual return from the restricted list. No world on Eflin – who was not back from injury and went on the COVID IL.

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