Phillies vs Brewers: Alec Bohm lands the winning shot
Three weeks ago, it looked like Alec Bohm might not even make the Phillies’ Day 1 roster.
Two weeks ago, it looked like his season could play out pretty much before it even started.
Now he is one of their best players.
Funny game, as Charlie Manuel said.
The Phillies rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
Bohm scored the rally with a two-run single to drive home the tie and go-ahead run.
The 25-year-old third baseman also made huge defensive play in the first inning to help Ranger Suarez out of a goal-loaded jam.
All in all, it was just another stellar rebounding night for Bohm, who struggled at home plate in spring training and then committed three errors on third base in Game 4 of the season. .
“The way he reacted showed us a lot of maturity,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I’m not sure he would have responded that way last year. Sometimes, you know, you have to be a bit knocked down to figure out how to get back up and he did.
“More impressive than the hit was the game in the first inning. It’s a really tough game and if he gets past it, who knows how many runs they score in the first inning.
“He plays very well on both sides of the ball. I give him a lot of credit for what he did and how he minded his business and waited his turn and took advantage of it.”
Bohm laughed when approached by reporters after the game. Talk about a three-point rally in the eighth sure, talk about a three-error game.
“It’s been eventful for sure,” he said. “But it’s been great, a lot of fun. I wish I could have won a few more games in that time, but we’re starting here and we want to keep that going.”
The Phillies won back-to-back games for the first time since Games 1 and 2 of the season. They are 6-8.
Bohm’s big hit was one of five singles the Phillies had in the eighth inning. Johan Camargo followed Bohm’s hit with an RBI single to make it a two-run game.
Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto also had hits in the inning. Harper and Castellanos’ hits were on 0-2 pitches. Realmuto hit a 1-2 pitch, Bohm a 2-2 pitch.
“I just tried to do what the guys in front of me were doing,” Bohm said. “Gather a good batting and keep the line moving.”
Bohm’s two-run single left him nine RBIs in 25 at-bats this season. Only Harper (11) has more RBIs on the roster. Bohm is hitting .440 (11 for 25). He has only struck twice in 33 plate appearances. For his career, he’s 48 for 146 (.329) with runners in scoring position.
After the Phils took the lead in the eighth, Corey Knebel closed it for his third save in as many occasions.
Earlier in the game, the Phillies tried to fight back. They made a few mistakes that allowed the Brewers to take an extra base. The two errors — an uncovered base and a wild pitch — ultimately led to runs and a 2-1 lead at Milwaukee in the seventh inning.
Suarez went 4⅔ innings and allowed just one run in his third start of the season. He survived four hits and three walks and came out of a scoreless, base-loaded jam in the first.
Girardi retired Suarez with two outs in the fifth in a 1-1 game. The move was understandable as there was a runner on base with right-handed Hunter Renfroe. Suarez was at 89 throws, 11 more than he had thrown this season, so Girardi went to right-hander Seranthony Dominguez. He convinced Renfroe to end the frame.
Dominguez stayed for the sixth and recorded a 1-2-3 inning.
Jose Alvarado came in the seventh and was an adventure in a draw. He beat the first batter of the inning, Mike Brosseau, with two quick hits then lost it on a base on walks. The next batter, Victor Caratini, singled. Both runners moved forward when Alvarado uncorked a wild pitch. The progress proved costly as Andrew McCutchen raised a sacrificial fly to right field to break the 1-1 tie.
Alvarado already has three crazy pitches in 5⅔ innings this season.
The Brewers’ first run, in the third inning, was also a giveaway. Willy Adames walked and went all the way to third on a pitch on the right side. The Phillies were in a shift with third base released. Adames saw the empty bag and never stopped running.
For the third straight game, Girardi used the same batters in the top seven spots of the batting order. Jean Segura took the lead, followed by Rhys Hoskins, Harper, Castellanos, Realmuto, Kyle Schwarber and Bohm. Harper, Castellanos and Realmuto were a combined 6 for 11 in the game.
Girardi said he will try to stick to this basic formation for a while.
“We will try to stay consistent,” he said. “We want to try to leave it and let the guys feel comfortable with where they are. These guys are professional hitters. They know they have to perform, so make them comfortable. Obviously, there will be days when no one is around and i’m going to have to manage a bit, but i’ll try to keep it as consistent as possible.
“I believe hitters like to know where they will be every day.”