Just when you thought the Philadelphia Phillies were done within the NL East, and Wild Card picture as a whole, they have roared back to life to threaten the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies came into Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals on a five-game winning streak, and they ensured they continued that run and also swept the Nats with a 7-6 win that kept them two games behind their division foes. All of that despite falling behind 6-0 to the hosts after five innings. The sixth was the beginning of the turning point as Andrew McCutchen doubled in three runs. He’d then drive in another run in the eighth before scoring on a fielder’s choice in the same frame.
The winning run ended up coming from a second fielder’s choice, handing the Phillies a win that keeps them well in the race as we get further into September. Elsewhere, the San Francisco Giants were looking to avoid the same fate as the Nationals, and they managed to do so by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 at home in an afternoon affair. The win gets them back to a tie with the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, a position they had held, and held handsomely, for quite a while this campaign. The score was knotted up at one apiece heading into the eighth, but Darin Ruf’s double drove in what proved to be the winning run and Thairo Estrada then hit a three-run homer to seal it up. The win saw them avoid a sweep against a team they could well see in the postseason and it will potentially propel them to find a way back above the Dodgers in the toughest division in baseball.