After recording a stunning 3-2 walk-off win on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Phillies secured their play-off berth for a second season running. This win meant that the reigning National League champions will be back for October baseball. They will also firmly hope that they can go one step further than last season.
Last season, the Phillies stunned the world when they defeated the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves. While not underestimating them, the Philadelphia-based franchise was seen as less favorite than these two sides. They would even give the Houston Astros a scare by winning Game 1. Eventually, the Astros turned out to be slightly better than them and won the Fall Classic 4-2.
A tight game between the two sides saw the Phillies take the lead against the Pittsburgh Pirates through a solo home run by Brandon Marsh. Their superstar Bryce Harper doubled the lead in the same sixth inning. A cannon shot by Bryan Reynolds in the seventh cut the deficit to one. The Pirates would silence the home crowd with a solo home run from Henry Davis in the top of the eighth inning.
The Phillies though were determined to achieve a positive result. Their hard work paid off as rookie Johan Rojas hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth inning. This allowed base runner Christian Pache to come home. As soon he arrived at the plate safe, the Citizens Bank Park erupted. The arena will now host the wild-card series next week as the team clinched the fourth seed.
Twitter reacts as Philadelphia Phillies clinch postseason berth
The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the most popular teams across the MLB. Their fans have shown up in great numbers to show their support in both good and bad times. This was something even Trea Turner acknowledged while thanking the fans for having their backs throughout the season.
Twitter was joyous to see the Phillies make it back-to-back postseason appearances. One happy user wrote, “the boys are back“. Check out some other reactions from Twitter regarding their huge win:
The Phillies will now take on the fifth-seeded team in the National League during the wild-card series. With the Arizona Diamondbacks currently second in the wild-card standings, one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs, the race for the final two spots is going right down the wire. The wild-card series will begin on October 3, two days after the curtains fall on the regular season.
Vinay Dave is a Content Writer and Editor of US Sports at FirstSportz. He currently crafts topics going on the diamonds of Major League Baseball (MLB), the icy arenas of National Hockey League (NHL) and the greens of Golf.
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