Kyle Schwarber caps eventful week with huge hit in Phillies’ win originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
NEW YORK — Quite an eventful week of baseball it was for Kyle Schwarber.
It started with him smashing his bat and helmet to the ground and getting ejected from Sunday night’s Angel Hernandez happening in Philadelphia and ended with him getting a lot of people off the hook Saturday night in New York.
Schwarber’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning was the big blow in the Phillies’ 4-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field. The blast to center against reliever Adam Ottavino gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Odubel Herrera doubled home a run later in the inning to give the Phils a two-run lead and Rhys Hoskins broke an 0-for-16 skid with a solo homer in the eighth.
Before Schwarber’s homer in the seventh, the Phils had just three hits on the night — and, for that matter, just three for the series as they were no-hit by five Mets pitchers on Friday night.
“I don’t think anyone was worried about the no-hit deal,” Schwarber said after the win. “I feel like we had really good at-bats today. It was all positive flipping the page from yesterday and getting the win tonight.”
And as for his week …
“Whatever,” Schwarber said. “There’s nothing personal there on Sunday. It’s more about flipping the page and being able to go out there and compete. So, coming out here and getting a big hit in that spot is great.”
As if the lack of offense leading up to Schwarber’s homer wasn’t a big enough challenge for the Phillies on Saturday night, they made some costly mistakes in the early and middle innings. Nick Castellanos was picked off first base in the second inning, starting pitcher Kyle Gibson made a throwing error that led to the Mets’ only run and Herrera got nabbed between third and home in the sixth with the Phils down a run.
“We had a couple of blunders,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Schwarber helped make everything OK in the seventh. The home run was preceded by a walk to J.T. Realmuto.
“J.T. getting that walk and them being worried about him stealing may have sped (Ottavino) up a bit,” Girardi said. “It’s a huge hit for Kyle.”
The dugout sure liked it.
“We were all excited,” Schwarber said. “We love runs.”
And getting a few hits — finally — was a nice touch.
“I felt like a weight was lifted when we got a hit,” Girardi said. “They have a very good pitching staff. You have to grind out at-bats and take advantage when they make a mistake and we were able to do it.
“It’s a big win, especially after last night. It was important we bounced back.”
There were other key performances besides Schwarber’s. Gibson mostly survived five walks and gave up just one unearned run. Jose Alvarado got two huge strikeouts after Gibson exited with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth. James Norwood, Seranthony Dominguez, Jeurys Familia and Corey Knebel (four-out save) all got big outs in relief. Norwood, who grew up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, got his first big-league win in his hometown a month after he lost his father.
“Surreal,” he said. “It’s amazing to do it back here where I grew up, especially with everything that’s happened.”
On defense, Alec Bohm saved a run with a diving play at third base in the fourth.
“I think that was the most underrated play of the game because it saved a run,” Schwarber said.
The win left the Phillies at 11-11 after 22 games. The Mets are 15-7.
Despite being no-hit on Friday night, the Phils still have a chance to win the series Sunday night, though it won’t be easy. They will go against three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. He is 15-4 with a 2.47 ERA in his career against the Phillies. Zach Eflin will get the ball for the Phils.
Source: Yahoo Sports