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Phillies fans left Citizens Bank Park happy on Saturday night
On a night when the Phillies honored turn-of-the-century All-Star outfielder Bobby Abreu with a place on the franchise Wall of Fame, the present-day Philadelphia Phillies (58-52) held on for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox (47-61) at Citizens Bank Park.
The night was all about pitching at the start. Both Phillies ace Aaron Nola
and White Sox starter Ross Detwiler
went through their opposing lineups perfectly through the first three innings.
The visitors broke through first with a run in the top of the 4th inning. Leury Garcia
led off with a walk, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on a two-out double off the bat of Jon Jay
With two outs in the bottom of that same inning the Phillies finally got on the scoreboard in a big way. Bryce Harper
crushed a 1-1, 89 mph, four-seam fastball from Detwiler into the right field upper deck. His 100th hit with the Phillies tied the game at 1-1. Rhys Hoskins
followed by jumping on a first-pitch sinker, blasting it out to dead-center field to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
The score stood into the 7th inning when Chicago produced a major threat. With one out, Eloy Jimenez
singled and Tim Anderson
doubled. Yolmer Sanchez
then bounced one to Hoskins, who shuffled the ball home to Andrew Knapp
in time to get Jimenez at the plate. Nola then struck out Friday night hero Matt Skole
as a pinch-hitter to end the threat and keep the Phillies on top by the 2-1 score.
The Phillies regular catcher flew out to center field for the first out. But then Cesar Hernandez
hit into a 4-6 force, with Haseley rushing home with a run to push the Phillies lead out to 3-1. Jean Segura
was hit by a pitch by new Chisox hurler Dylan Covey
, loading the bases for Harper. But the right fielder grounded out, minimizing the damage.
came on for the Phillies in the top of the 8th and did the job in that inning, setting Chicago down in order. Kapler opted to bring him back out for the 9th inning with the score still 3-1, and things did not go as smoothly.
The inning began with Jose Abreu
reaching on a throwing error by Segura. Jay followed with base hit, putting the tying run on base. Chicago skipper Rick Renteria
then put Ryan Cordell
in as a pinch-runner for Jay.
Pivetta then bore down and struck out Jimenez and Anderson, moving the Phillies within an out of a victory. But nothing is ever that easy for this 2019 Phillies ball club.
singled to score Abreu, making it 3-2, with Cordell rolling around to third base where he stood as the tying run just 90 feet away. Rather than blowing it as so often has happened in this hair-raising season, Pivetta then came through, striking out pinch-hitter Adam Engel
swinging to end it and giving Nola his 10th win of the season.
The Phillies and White Sox will go at it one more time in the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Drew Smyly
will make his third start since joining the Phillies, with right-hander Reynaldo Lopez
taking the mound for Chicago.
STARTING PITCHING PERFORMANCE
– Aaron Nola
: 7 IP, 3 hits, 1 earned, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts. 94 pitches, 66 for strikes.
– Ross Detwiler
: 5.2 IP, 3 hits (2 HR), 2 earned, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts. 78 pitches, 54 for strikes.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: AARON NOLA
The back-to-back home runs from Harper and Hoskins provided the winning margin. But it was Nola’s outstanding pitching that was once again the real difference in this one for the Phillies.
Nola went seven strong innings, striking out 10 batters and allowing just three hits while walking two. Coming off a bit of a rough outing in two of his last three times on the mound, this was a good shot-in-the-arm for the Phillies ace right-hander.