Philadelphia – There’s a 15-second delay on TVs at the Phillies, so everyone inside knew something special happened at the bottom of the 10th place in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Dodgers.
They just didn’t know exactly what.
“I judge my emotions by fans stomping and cheering,” said Zach Evelyn, the right-hand man. “It was all over the place for me. But we are so happy we won. We really needed that.”
“It’s a comfortable win,” Alec Bohm said.
It turned out to be one of the fiercest finishes in a Feliz game in recent memory. They had roman queen in the second and Garrett Stubbs In third place with two outs in tenth. They fell behind by running. They needed Bohm to come over, or they would have a 1-5 house. The Feliz’s frustrations are already starting to show. Rhys Hoskins hit the trash after entering a final double match in the eighth inning.
Boom hit a soft runway to Dodgers 2nd captain Max Muncie. It seemed like the end. But it was the end of a hot and humid afternoon and the field dried up. Muncie needed to give himself more room to handle the toughest jump. he did not do.
Muncie smoothed the ball. He went after him.
“Move the ball, put the ball into play,” Bohm said. “Hit there, game over, right? I knew I hit it lightly, so I run as hard as I can. But going up the level, I know I got one of the fastest players in the league in second place, so I’m not trying to do much there.”
Stubbs scored from third place to equalize with him.
“I was watching the whole play,” Stubbs said. “I saw him swaying. I know it [Quinn] I was about to come, so I prepared to tell him which way to slip.”
Quinn is one of the fastest players in baseball. By the time the ball reached Muncy, he was only one step away from third base. Milliseconds after Muncy took off her, third Phillies coach Dusty Wathan told Quinn to keep running. Quinn never slowed down. By the time Mansi picked up the baseball and turned around to throw the ball, Quinn was already a third of his way home.
Quinn slid his head into the house plate to win it. It was the first time that Velez had scored two runs in a foul since May 17, 1994, against the Expos at the Veterans Stadium.
“It took me a long time to find the ball,” Mansi said.
“I was just walking on his swing,” Quinn said. “I saw him on the floor. I wasn’t sure if it was going to pass so I peeked at Dusty and looked back. I saw Mansi swaying on the ball so I just took off from there. It’s just like one of those things right now. I trust his decision, I look at it, I look at the ball. I see it from the corner of my eye. It’s just one of those split-second decisions.”
Speed Quinn saved the day. Evelyn notched a high of 12 in seven rounds, including seven on curveballs. He’s been great as Velez’s spin keeps rolling. Stubbs had a great game. He achieved the first home game of his great career in the league in the sixth to reduce the difference to 2-1. Chose to begin with 1oth. It made a stunning mistake for JT Realmuto in third, but Stubbs picked up the slack when he ran first to third on Quinn’s singles to the right.
It was a close play. Mocky Bates’ throw almost got him.
“I thought I was a little faster than I actually was,” Stubbs said. “Maybe my legs were a little tired. I thought I’d get there and did it. I thought, ‘If I can get to third, Ro can get to second and we can have two runners in the scoring position.'”
Stubbs said he didn’t think of his first home until he touched the home plate.
“Damn it, I just hit my first major league player,” Stubbs said.
He got the ball too. He plans to give it to his mom, Marty Jo.
His teammates cursed Stubbs’ contributions on Sunday. Kyle Schwarber called it the story of the era. Evelyn said it was “the definition of a leader.”
“Things like that resonate with people,” Evelyn said. “It really inspires people. Play for him [butt] And I think everyone rallied around this.”
So an unlikely victory erased an otherwise frustrating day. Phillies had riders in first and second when Hoskins played that double play for eighth. He wanted so badly to continue the run that he slipped first in the bag. Returning to the bunker, he hit the trash can, then bumped it again into the seat back.
Hoskins’ frustrations concerned more than one play. It was about the whole game. Everything was happening lately.
“We’re just expecting to be better,” Hoskins said.
They are once again hoping that their big win will finally move them forward.