Phillies Remain Undefeated in Suspended Games at CBP

J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Phillies are still perfect at Citizens Bank Park in this statistic.

The Philadelphia Phillies have never lost a suspended game in Citizens Bank Park history (knock on wood). Their record in such games is 2-0.

The first, of course, was one of the most important contests in franchise history — when the team defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, clinching their second-ever championship.

Fast-forward to Sunday afternoon, and the club quickly defeated the Miami Marlins thanks to a two-run, walk-off home run from All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto in extra innings. The game was suspended in the top of the 10th inning Saturday evening, with Jose Alvarado on the mound. The left-hander returned the mound as play resumed and retired all three Marlins batters in order — even with a runner in scoring position to start the frame.

In the bottom half, Jean Segura successfully sacrificed the Phillies runner on second to the hot corner, setting up Realmuto’s walk-off blast.

The most recent suspended Phils game overall happened opposite the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in April 2013. With the game scoreless, play was suspended in the bottom of the ninth and resumed the following day. Ironically, eventual Phillies slugger Jay Bruce delivered a walk-off RBI single — facing Phillippe Aumont.

The only other time Realmuto hit a walk-off home run in his career came back in September 2017, while a member of the Marlins. Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th, Realmuto went yard off of New York Mets pitcher Paul Sewald to secure the victory.

Realmuto’s home run on Sunday also indirectly hurt the same National League East rival, as it helped the Phillies inch closer to them in the National League East standings. With the second half underway, every win is that much more important to helping the Phils back to the postseason for the first time in a decade.

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