What. A. Walk-off.
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Williams brought home Scott Kingery on a groundout to tie things up. The Phillies were 0-38 before last night in games they trailed after eight frames.
Then Maikel Franco changed that record in a 5-2 win over the Marlins:
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) August 3, 2018
The dinger was a beaut. But the bat flip? A masterpiece:
Maikel Franco was pumped. pic.twitter.com/P6bVDEf1WD
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August 3, 2018
Maikel Franco on epic bat flip:” I get too excited, man…. i’ll take it anyway.”
— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) August 3, 2018
As for the rest of the game, Nick Pivetta had a good start outside of giving a two-run shot to Justin Bour in the fourth. He gave up two runs on a total of four hits and seven strikeouts in six innings of work. Rhys Hoskins got the Phils on the board with a solo bomb for his 22nd of the year.
They’ll take on the Marlins three more times at the ballpark for alumni weekend. Vince Velasquez will pitch tonight.
As for manager Gabe Kapler, he had a lot of interesting nuggets in his weekly appearance with Angelo Cataldi. The two discussed Kapler’s positivity, Odubel Herrera’s base running mistake, and whether or not he wanted a fan ejected at Fenway Park.
As for new Phillie Wilson Ramos, he expects to me back from injury by the middle of this month.
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Over at Eagles training camp, the Birds had their most intense session yet. They were in pads again and did more live tackling, especially in red zone situations. Having boots on the ground, it felt fun.
With Tim Jernigan out, look for Destiny Vaeao to maybe be the starting defensive tackle alongside Fletcher Cox for Week 1 of the regular season.
He has spent the last two years developing how he uses his hands as a defensive tackle, which is why the wrist injury made last season difficult. Playing with a cast disrupts how a defensive tackle can engage with offensive linemen, and when it happens during the season, there’s little time for a player to adjust.
Vaeao has taken advantage of the increased workload during the last week, and the coaches will be watching him closely during the preseason to determine how much he can help come Sept. 6.
Vaeao doesn’t want to act as if he’s arrived, but he’s not acting surprised that the coaching staff has put him next to Cox this offseason.
“Everyone is aiming to be a starter in this league,” Vaeao said. “I’ve been ready. Every year, you have to be ready. Because if you’re not ready, they’re going to kick you out.”
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