Listen, the Phillies should have swept this little two-game series with the Red Sox. They should’ve won the first game in Boston when Aaron Nola went eight innings and allowed only one run at Fenway a few weeks ago. If we’re being completely honest, they probably should’ve won all four games they played against the Red Sox, a team that remains 50 games over .500 after losing tonight. After all, Phillies pitchers allowed a total of 10 runs over four games to a Boston offense that has scored more runs than any team in baseball this season:
Red Sox runs per game against the Phillies this season: 2.5
Red Sox runs per game against all other teams: 5.6
I’ve been pretty agitated about the Phillies’ offense lately, and I have some concerns about their ability to sustain a quality offensive effort on a consistent basis moving forward, but whatever. This was a terrific win for a young team that has been going through it lately. Wilson Ramos, my new dad, led the way with a career-best three extra-base hits:
Decent first impression, IMO. pic.twitter.com/LNyxUeK7qJ
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 16, 2018
Amazing what happens when a hitter finds the gap a few times for a team that entered tonight 29th in doubles this season.
And how about Hector Neris doing that magic he did with the game on the line in the third inning?
— Platano Power RD (@PlatanoPowerDO) August 16, 2018
In fact, the entire Phillies bullpen was lights out in a game in which they allowed zero earned runs over six-plus innings. It was integral in allowing the Phillies to overcome a team that entered the night 59-8 when scoring the first run.
Am I annoyed the Braves won again? Absolutely. I’m a little on edge about it, but let me tell you a story. As I was driving home after the game tonight, “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner came on the radio (I manually played it on Spotify), and I crushed the chorus. Knocked it out of the park. It was like Foreigner’s lead singer Lou Gramm and I were kindred spirits. The emotion of the moment was raw and pure. I felt firm and alive, like anything was possible. Like anything is possible. And while I sort of felt like this team was doomed last night, now I feel strong and confident. I feel reborn. The Phillies are going to win the division.
Sing it with me: