Phillies vs. Braves: Alec Bohm, Kyle Gibson help Phils finish homestand strong

The Phillies’ first homestand out of the All-Star break was not a very good one.

But it ended with one thing good.

A much-needed win. A much-needed sequence victory. A bit dose of momentum heading right into a four-game sequence at Pittsburgh, the place a strong exhibiting is crucial.

The Phils wrapped up their six-game homestand with a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday afternoon. The recipe for victory included some well timed hitting, the power to capitalize on some shaky protection from the Braves, a high quality begin from Kyle Gibson and good work from the bullpen.

Swept by the Chicago Cubs to open the homestand, the Phillies completed it 2-4. Wednesday’s win left them heading to Pittsburgh no worse than a half-game behind St. Louis for management of the third and ultimate NL wild spot at 51-47 general.

“Obviously, that Cubs sequence did not go like we deliberate,” JT Realmuto mentioned. “To come out right here and win this sequence is big.”

The Pirates are 18 video games underneath .500 and about to be commerce deadline sellers as soon as once more. They have misplaced eight of their final 10 video games. This is a sequence the Phillies have to win. Zack Wheeler kicks it off Thursday evening.

“I believe we simply go in there and play our recreation, be certain that we’re not taking anyone flippantly,” supervisor Rob Thomson mentioned. “Don’t take something without any consideration. You go in there, play your recreation. Just like at this time, you get out in entrance, put your foot on the pedal and run over folks.”

The Phillies go into Pittsburgh with a few legit scorching bats.

Alec Bohm had a pair of RBI hits Wednesday and has hit in 12 straight video games and 21 of his final 22.

Realmuto has additionally continued a productive streak that began earlier than the All-Star break. He had an enormous two-run single within the Phillies’ five-run fifth Wednesday afternoon.

That five-run fifth got here towards Braves starter Charlie Morton after the groups had performed scoreless ball via 4½ innings. Gibson delivered six innings of two-run ball for the win and Connor Brogdon, Brad Hand and Andrew Bellatti mixed on three scoreless innings to shut it out.

The Phillies’ decisive rally within the backside of the fifth got here after Gibson threw simply 4 pitches within the prime of the inning, forcing Morton again to the mound with little time to catch his breath between innings. The Phillies capitalized. The rebellion included strong contributions from two younger gamers who proceed to enhance steadily. Bryson Stott opened the body by drawing a stroll. He raced all the way in which to 3rd base on an errant pickoff by Morton and scored on a base hit to left by Bohm.

The Braves made a second error within the inning and the Phillies stored placing runs on the board — an RBI single by Odubel Herrera, a sacrifice fly by Kyle Schwarber, and Realmuto’s two-run single.

Since June 24, a span of twenty-two video games, Bohm is hitting .420 (34 for 81) with 14 RBIs.

He simply appears like a assured hitter.

“I’ve been seeing that for some time,” Thomson mentioned. “He’s swinging the bat with authority.”

Realmuto, in the meantime, is hitting .438 (14 for 32) over his final 9 video games.

“Hitting is a recreation of confidence and I’m feeling much more assured than I used to be earlier within the season,” Realmuto mentioned.

He credited his constant preparation and work with hitting coach Kevin Long for the improved confidence. Realmuto is feeling so good on the plate that he didn’t desire a relaxation day Wednesday. Starting catchers usually get a relaxation when their groups play a day recreation after an evening recreation.

“This was an vital sequence,” Realmuto mentioned. “I wished to be on the market after the Cubs sequence. It was actually vital for us to choose up some momentum.”

Now, it is off to Pittsburgh with Tuesday’s commerce deadline looming. The Phils are consumers. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski will add one thing as this workforce appears to interrupt a 10-year postseason drought.

“We really feel like we will compete with anybody,” Realmuto mentioned. “We consider in Dave.”

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