February 7, 2023

Takeaways after Phillies avoid being swept with a controversial call

Photo via Philadelphia Phillies' Twitter

With one out and Alec Bohm on third base in the top of the ninth inning of a tie game, Didi Gregorius popped a ball up to shallow left field along the line. Marcell Ozuna camped under it and had momentum coming toward the plate. Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan made an aggressive call to send Bohm and Bohm was barely safe. The ball beat Bohm to the plate but he slid just to the left of catcher Travis d’Arnaud’s tag and the Phillies won, 7-6.

The play was under review for several minutes and the Braves were not happy with the result. Some fans even threw trash onto the field (first time?). It seemed that Bohm never touched the plate, but it was too close to overturn.

Phillies hitters from two-through-seven was big in this win. Rhys Hoskins homered, Bryce Harper hit his second longball in two many days, J.T. Realmuto scored a run by stealing third and scoring on a Jean Segura flyball, Bohm had the big double and slide in the ninth, and Didi Gregorius hit a three-run shot and had the game-winning sac fly.

The Phillies avoided a sweep, which may have been as important psychologically as it was in the win-loss column. They just swept the Braves at home last weekend and did not want to see all of that positivity taken away in just a week.

Here are three takeaways:

Moore wasn’t good

Phillies starter Matt Moore had some trouble in all five innings in his second start with the Phillies. He gave up three runs in the first inning on Ozzie Albies’ two-run shot and Dansby Swanson’s RBI single, then allowed runs in the fourth and fifth innings after the Phillies had taken a two-run lead.

Moore has not pitched well in these first two starts. He’s put 17 men on base in 8 1/3 innings. 

Acuña man, wow

Ronald Acuña Jr. dominated each game of the three game series and was by far the best player on the field. Acuña was nine-for-13 in the series with two home runs, three doubles, four RBI, four runs scored, and two infield singles.

He set the tone in the series finale by running out a routine groundball to shortstop and scoring on the next pitch when Albies went deep.

Hoskins and Harper remain hot

Hoskins’ homer was important in getting the Phillies back in the game in an inning when they’d take the lead. He led off the fourth with a shot to left.

The most surprising stat of this young season is that Hoskins has not walked in 36 plate appearances. Yes Hoskins, the guy who is routinely criticized around here for being too selective. He’s hitting .306 through nine games with a .944 OPS.

Harper has homered in back-to-back games, reached base in all nine games, and reached base multiple times in all but two. It may not seem like Harper’s off to a hot start but he has a .447 OBP, as many walks as strikeouts, and appears to be heating up some of his power.

The ESPN broadcast had a good note on Harper that his 21 home runs since 2018 on pitches 95 mph or faster lead the majors.

Up next

The Phillies head to New York to face the Mets Monday night. Monday’s game will be Chase Anderson and lefty David Peterson

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