Trent Grisham

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to the 2022 World Series after defeating the San Diego Padres in Game 5 of the NLCS on Sunday and they have, in part, one of the strangest bunt calls in recent memory to thank for it.

The Phillies took a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning thanks to a Bryce Harper moonshot in the 8th inning that put them ahead.

The Padres came up in the top of the 9th with their season on the line. Wil Myers struck out to start things off but Phillies pitcher David Robertson walked two batters to put the game-winning run on base. He was replaced by Ranger Suárez and Trent Grisham stepped to the plate with a chance to put San Diego back ahead.

Inexplicably, he bunted. While he moved both runners to scoring position, he didn’t get the hit and that meant there were two outs. After that, Aaron Nola popped out to right field and the Phillies wrapped up their trip to the World Series.

There were quite a few strange decisions by Padres manager Bob Melvin on Sunday but the decision to bunt in the ninth inning with one out and two runners on has seriously broken the brains of a lot of MLB fans and media members.

That’s gonna be a bunt that people in San Diego talk about for a long time to come.

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About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to