All these walk off wins are fun, but the Philadelphia Phillies would rather not get them this way.
For the second game in a row, closer Hector Neris gave up a home run in the top of the ninth inning to blow a lead and for the second game in a row, the Phillies overcame it.
The Phils rallied for a run in the bottom of the 10th to beat the New York Yankees, 8-7, on Saturday night.
It’s the first time the Phillies have won three straight by walk-off since Aug. 21-23, 2013.
It was their third straight walk-off win as they improved to 31-31 to get back to .500 for the first time since May 22.
The Phillies are 6-2 in the month of June. They are in second place in the NL East, four games behind the New York Mets.
Here’s three takeaways:
The Phillies jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Bryce Harper drove in two with a single, Andrew McCutchen had a sacrifice fly, and Alec Bohm hit an RBI single.
Bohm had a two RBI game, which is huge for him. It seems like he is having a bit of a resurgence in the month of June after having a slump in April and May.
Neris allows Yanks to tie
The Phils got plenty of early offense Saturday — as I had mentioned — and led by three runs in the ninth when Neris allowed two walks and a game-tying homer to DJ LeMahieu.
On Thursday, Neris allowed a game-tying homer to Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and the Phils came back to win on three runs in the 10th.
Archie Bradley got the win after a scoreless top of the 10th. Neris has blown four saves and two in as many games. It might not be long before Bradley gets a look at closer.
By rule, Ronald Torreyes opened the bottom of the 10th on second base. He moved to third on a bunt by pinch-hitter Travis Jankowski and scored the winning run on an infield hit by Jean Segura.
The Phillies rallied for the win against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.
Segura also won Thursday’s game with a two-run walk-off hit.
The Phils will have Aaron Nola on the bump Sunday afternoon as they try to sweep this quick two game set over the Yankees.