Philadelphia Phillies at Cleveland Guardians Series Recap - July 21-July 23

Recapping each game in the Phillies at Guardians and a look at series highlights with the Series Six Pack
Philadelphia Phillies v Cleveland Guardians
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Game 2 – Phillies make mental mistakes, offense fails and Phillies lose 1-0 - W: Bibee (6-2, 3.04), L: Wheeler (7-5, 3.88), S: Clase (27)

Other than Zach Wheeler dealing, there was nothing good in this game for the Phillies. For the second time in three games, the offense could only muster two hits. One of which came in the first inning and the other, a lead off double by Sosa in the top of the 6th. After the lead off double, Schwarber was able to get him over with a deep fly ball but for the second time in back-to-back games, Turner struck out with the man on third and failed to bring in the runner. Castellanos struck out the very next at bat and the threat was over. The bottom of that inning, a cruising Wheeler got the first two batters quickly. Amed Rosario then hit a single and Jose Ramirez stepped up. He popped up to shallow right field and the ball inexplicably fell in the middle of Stott, Marsh, and Castellanos. That would be the difference maker as either team didn’t make any other noise the remainder of the game and the final score was 1-0. Phillies increase their losing streak to four games. 

Game 3 – Phillies battle hard and salvage the last game of the series to win 8-5 in extras – W: Kimbrel (6-1, 3.29), L: Herrin (1-1, 5.55) S: Marte (2)

The Phillies found themselves in unfamiliar territory in this game. They score a run in the top of first innings and took the early lead. After Turner grounded into a double play, Harper walked, Castellanos singled, Stott walked and the Guardians helped out with a balk automatically scoring Harper. Realmuto ended up flying out to end the inning. The Guardians answered right back though with a leadoff solo homer by Kwan. They went on to score one more run in each of the next two innings, one by another solo homer in the second inning by Andres Gimenez and a ground out that scored a runner from third with less than two outs. It was 3-1 until the top of fifth inning when Marsh hit his league leading sixth triple. Cave struck out and Schwarber followed it up with an infield single to score Marsh. Turner knocked a double to left field and the Phillies had second and third with one out. Bryce Harper hit, what seemed to be, a foul ball up the first base line and didn’t move from the box but the ump called it fair, and Schwarber was on his horse to score and tie the game at three. In the top of the sixth, the Phillies finally got the lucky bounce. After a single from Realmuto, Marsh popped up to sure handed Ramirez. It popped out of his glove and Realmuto was running the entire time because there were two outs. Phillies took the lead 4-3 into the ninth inning where Kimbrel awaited. But with two outs, David Fry knocked a homer to left center and the game was tied. Kimbrel’s first blown save of the year. The Phillies came out firing in the 10th scoring four runs on a Harper single, Realmuto sac fly, and a 2-run single by Bohm. The bottom of the inning was a bit dicey as Hoffman didn’t have his good stuff. He loaded the bases with no outs after allowing a rbi single and Marte came in to relieve him. Marte got the Guardians two best hitting to fly out and pop out and then a weak grounder to end the game.