Philadelphia: With 11 games left in the Regular season, the Philadelphia Phillies came into play with the final spot for the National League Wildcard. This is the time to see if this team still has the fight in them if they want to have playoff baseball back in Philadelphia since 2011.
The Philadelphia Phillies took on the Toronto Blue Jays in Doubleheader from Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia on Friday.
In Game 1 of the doubleheader, The Bluejays would be the home team & the lineup the Phillies would send out behind pitcher Zach Eflin
With the Phillies up 1-0 in the 5th, Bryce Harper would hit a shot down the right field line that would stay fair for 3-0 lead
Phillies would add to the lead on 2 run triple by Andrew Knapp
Zach Eflin had things going as he would go the distance for complete game by throwing 92 pitches, 9 strikeouts, 59 of the 92 pitches were for strikes. The Phillies would take game 1 by the score of 7-0 & with the win they got their record back to .500 on the season at 25-25.
In the second game, The Phillies would make this a bullpen game by sending David Hale & here was the lineup that the Phillies sent out
It would not take the Phillies long to jump on the Bluejays as Didi Gregorius made it 1-0 & then Andrew McCutchen added to the lead with HR in the 3rd for 2-0 lead.
HR by Andrew McCutchen
The Bluejays responded with a 5 run 4th inning which gave them the 5-2 lead.
A very cool moment that happened in the bottom of the 4th inning as Mickey Moniak who the Phillies called up last week & he would pick up his first career MLB hit with base hit
Also in the 4th inning, Rafael Marchan tied the game at 5 with his first career homerun
Marchan would make history with his hometun
After the Phillies tied the game, the Bluejays would not go away as they retook the lead in the 5th for a 7-5 lead.
At this point, did the Phillies have anything left and knowing that their playoff chances were on the line and at the time show the city that this team has fight in them and would do whatever it took to get back in the game.
The Answer was Yes, Phillies showed fight as Bryce Harper came up in the 6th and hit a big 2 run double that got the game tied at 7
Alec Bohm would give the Phillies the lead with base hit that would score Harper for the 8-7 lead. Going into the 7th inning, the question would come up is can the Phillies bullpen hold the lead as they have blown several games this season & the answer would be NO as Hector Neris came in got the final out as the Phillies woun 8-7 and SWEEP the doubleheader & now would be 26-25 on the season.
Following the game, Phillies Manager Joe Girardi would open up about how they keep fighting and not giving up as they make their push for the playoffs
Where the Phillies stand after they swept the doubleheader
Phillies will have 2 more games with the Bluejays to finish their home schedule for the 2020 season
Saturday at 6PM
Sunday at 3PM
Here is what the Phillies will have to finish the season after they get done their series with Blue Jays