ATLANTA – Talk about taking advantage of the canceled call.
Nick Castellanos hit a crucial two-run homer tiebreaker in the eighth round after a double play late inning was cancelled, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 3–1 win over the Atlanta Braves.
“It’s an example that all the little things are just as important as the big ones,” Castellanos said.
After losing 13-1 in the first game of the two-game series between rivals from the NL East, the Phillies looked like their last three outs were over when JT Realmuto based on what was considered a double play with the Braves leading 1–0.
But Philadelphia issued a challenge, and the replay showed Realmuto – rushing all the way – getting to the bag just before the relay throw, while Rhys Hoskins ran home from the third.
Now that the count is 1, Colleen McHugh (2-2) trailed 2-0 before giving one to Castellanos, who launched a 420-foot drive over the wall in midfield to score his ninth homer of the season.
“JT running like this gave me the opportunity to get hit like that,” Castellanos said.
Zach Wheeler (10-5) defeated his hometown team with five hits in seven innings, snapping Atlanta’s four-game winning streak. His only big mistake came in the fifth when he hit a homer for Orlando Arcia.
“It was one of those games where you just kept practicing and hoping the hitters would come back,” Wheeler said. “I believe in these guys.
Rookie Phillies David Robertsonacquired in a series of trades before the trade deadline, worked out a ninth-scoring spot in his first save in Philadelphia after recording 14 wins for the Chicago Cubs.
Braves Wasted 6 2/3 Innings No Points Charlie Mortonwho put in another strong performance thanks to Atlanta’s rotation.
“We’re up against the tough guy on their side,” Morton said. “Zack threw the ball very well. When you get into a game like this, you need to limit them as much as possible.”
In the past five games, Braves starters have given up just 16 hits and three runs in 33 innings, with seven walks and 40 strikeouts.
But the bullpen let it go.
However, the Braves are leading the NL wildcard race and their views are rising as they head into a rare five-game streak against the top-seed Mets.
New York entered the day 2 1/2 games ahead of the World Series champion Braves, who won four consecutive NL East titles.
The Phillies also made the playoffs. Before the victory, they drew with St. Louis on the last wild card.
THE ROLE OF ROBERTSON
While Robertson made the save in his first post-trade appearance, manager Rob Thomson emphasized that he was not on a permanent basis.
The Phillies have been using the committee approach ever since Corey Knebel was laid off in mid-June.
According to Thomson, this will continue.
“Robbie closed the game, but he’s not labeled closer,” the manager said. “Everyone will feel like they’re in different innings, which is good because you won’t have everyone available every night.”
Robertson said he was happy with the deal.
“It’s a little different from his role in the Cubs,” he said. “I just have to adjust, like I’ve done over the years.”
Phillies: Back home to start Thursday’s four-game streak against the Nationals. Recently acquired Noah Sindergaard (5-8, 3.83 ERA with the Los Angeles Angels) gets the nod against a team from Washington that no longer has a star hitter. John Soto. FROM Brandon Marshacquired from the Angels in a separate deal, he is also expected to join the Phillies on Thursday.
Withstand: RHP Kyle Wright (13-4, 2.93 ERA) will receive recognition in Game 1 of Thursday’s series against the Mets, as rookie Jake Odorizzi — acquired in a flurry of deals before the deadline — is due to make his Braves debut by kicking off Saturday’s doubleheader. Another addition to the term, RHP Raizel Iglesias, will join the bullpen in New York. RHP Jay Jackson was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill a vacant spot on the pitching team on Wednesday.