The Braves led 4-3 going into the final inning. Rhys Hoskins led off the inning for Philadelphia with a foul out to the catcher. After that, though, Alec Bohm walked, bringing Bryce Harper up as the go-ahead run. Harper did not disappoint.
BRYCE HARPER IS THAT DUDE. PHILLIES TAKE THE LEAD!!! pic.twitter.com/XpQsyFB85v
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 25, 2022
The Braves did retire the next two hitters. But now, instead of likely not having to deal with a bottom of the ninth inning at all, Atlanta was now trailing by a run going into it.
That did not last long.
Dansby Swanson led the inning off with a double, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Then, Philadelphia’s defense showed why it was a known question mark going into the season.
Ronald Acuña Jr. tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Only, Philadelphia experienced none of the benefits of the sacrifice fly. Centerfielder Roman Quinn misplayed the ball. Swanson scored and Acuña ended up on second base with nobody out.
YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING!!!! pic.twitter.com/YM3KffuZkU
— Brodes Media (@BrodesMedia) May 25, 2022
Atlanta took full advantage of that gift.
William Contreras delivered a line drive to center field, which landed in front of Quinn. Acuña sprinted home from second as the winning run.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 25, 2022
Perhaps none of the many famed expressions uttered by the late, great Yogi Berra resonates more than, “it ain’t over till it’s over.” Those words have never had more truth than in Tuesday’s game.
Absolute all timer of a win probability chart pic.twitter.com/ydPhVKdJEo
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 25, 2022
Another famous phrase in sports came to us from Jim McKay, who spoke of, “The Thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” during Wide World of Sports.
The reactions following that wild ninth inning summed that phrase up perfectly.
… success is fleeting
— Phillies Nation (@PhilliesNation) May 25, 2022
Just give Bryce away. He doesn’t deserve this. https://t.co/5nkusmT2l2
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) May 25, 2022
We don't get nice things in this city. https://t.co/sz8OBHf78v
— Matt DeAngelis (@mattdean7_matt) May 25, 2022
— Mary Eliza Smith (@MarySmithNews) May 25, 2022
What is a bullpen and defense???? https://t.co/tKtM33jcbY
— Jake Speicher (@speicher23) May 25, 2022
U N B E L I E V A B L E!!!! What a game!!!! Bottom of the 9th win!!!!!💖💖💖⚾️⚾️⚾️🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/ZWgr2bJiGZ
— Paula Parks (@PaulaBParks) May 25, 2022
There aren’t much more sweeter feelings in the game of baseball than walking off on the Phillies!!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I hope this win helps spark some momentum to get a win streak going.
— Ty Cole (@heels_R_better) May 25, 2022
Love to see it https://t.co/6qYiROc5zr
— Winter Graham (@winterpaige9) May 25, 2022
I love these boys. https://t.co/yrY9EORHG8
— Tiger Hollywood (@Tiger_Hollywood) May 25, 2022
The Phillies have been down this road before this year. They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, blowing a six-run ninth-inning lead. Philadelphia has also snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with another team’s defensive gaffe.
Tuesday’s loss moved the Phillies to 20-23, so we can’t say they’re a good team. We can say that they’re not boring.