It was all clearly Joe Girardi’s fault.
The once-brawling Phillies have restarted their season with four straight wins since Girardi was fired on Friday. The previous two victories have come in the most unlikely of ways.
On Sunday, they rallied from a 6-2 deficit to win on a Bryson Stott home run against the Angels. It was a game that coincidentally helped Los Angeles — amid a 13-game losing streak — fire Joe Maddon on Tuesday afternoon.
Afterwards, it emerged that Bryce Harper had done a little digging at Girardi, who was replaced by Rob Thomson.
“I’m so happy for [Stott]man,” Harper told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “What at-bat.” What a situation for him. To be able to trust our youngsters in the last few days and let them play… that was great. And it paid off today. »
It’s not hard to connect the dots on what exactly has changed in the “last two days” for Harper.
The Phillies continued their success in even more implausible fashion on Tuesday night.
Alec Bohm and Matt Vierling beat Brewers closer Josh Hader in the ninth inning for a stunning 3-2 win at Milwaukee. Hader hadn’t allowed a run or managed a save all season prior to this appearance.
“It’s definitely a whirlwind,” Vierling said. “I got into the dugout and everyone was so excited.”
The victory improved the Phillies and their $230 million payroll to 26-29 and 3 1/2 games to a wildcard berth.
“We think it’s a good club and the pieces are there to win games,” Thomson said. “Maybe we’re going on a roll.”
— With AP
New York Post