PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Garrett Stubbs nonetheless stripped one strap down on his powder blue Phillies overalls at his locker, simply as he did 24 hours previous when he hosted a hoedown inside of a booze-soaked clubhouse.
It was once the similar garish glance Stubbs sported when he sprayed the workforce proprietor with bubbly. He wore overalls simply as he did an evening previous when he tipped his head again and let teammates pour beer down his throat as a part of a rowdy postseason clinching party.
Sure, Stubbs drank all of the alcohol after which laughed at all of the memes, those that confirmed the backup catcher would see six baseballs without delay when it was once his time to hit in what was once affectionately referred to as a “hangover sport.”
Person who appeared suitable when Stubbs woke up from an evening of partying.
“Most definitely nonetheless somewhat hammered from the evening ahead of,” Stubbs mentioned, giggling.
As soon as on the plate, Stubbs hammered one — a three-run shot — that sparked a rally for the Phillies that was once finished when Bryce Harper hit a go-ahead solo homer within the 7th inning in a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday evening, an afternoon after clinching the NL’s best wild-card spot.
Stubbs, who entered the sport batting simply .196 in 30 video games, hit his first homer since Aug. 16, 2022.
“Yeah, all it took was once a number of champagne, consuming all evening and going out,” Stubbs mentioned. “There it was once the next day to come, a homer.”
An evening after a raucous late-night party that noticed outfielder Brandon Marsh journey a mechanical bull, designated hitter Kyle Schwarber, 3rd baseman Alec Bohm, catcher J.T. Realmuto and proper fielder Nick Castellanos all took the evening off.
Harper, some of the few regulars within the lineup and taking part in first base, had 3 hits, and slugged his twenty first homer of the season off reliever Jose Hernandez (1-3) for the 7-6 lead.
Gregory Soto struck out the aspect within the 9th inning for his 3rd save and preserved the Phillies’ 7th instantly win.
And sure, Stubbs survived all 9 innings.
The backup catcher turned into a social media hit in Philadelphia after movies of him dancing and consuming in overalls within the clubhouse on Tuesday evening had been unleashed into the viral universe, and there was once fake fear that he may just in truth play.
Was once he in point of fact hydrated? Was once he rested?
“I really like popping champagne,” Stubbs mentioned. “I feel the remainder of the blokes within the locker room do, too.”
Stubbs took a wholesome lower on a four-seam fastball from Pirates starter Johan Oviedo within the fourth and slugged a three-run homer to proper.
Phillies lovers went wild for his or her cult hero, and he was once welcomed at house with a heat include from Bryson Stott.
“Everyone simply pulls for Stubby,” Phillies supervisor Rob Thomson mentioned. “He’s roughly the power man within the clubhouse and within the dugout. He’s a super teammate. One of the most perfect teammates I’ve ever been round. So everyone pulls for him.”
His homer lower the Phils’ deficit to 5-4, the second one time in as a few years Philadelphia trailed early within the first sport after a clincher. A yr in the past, the Phillies secured a wild-card spot in Houston, then Ranger Suarez went out and were given rocked for 6 runs in two innings the following sport. It took place once more towards the Pirates.
Suarez gave up 3 runs within the first and two in the second one towards the Pirates. The 28-year-old left-hander was once chased within the 5th after Jack Suwinski tripled in a run to make it 6-4.
Edmundo Sosa hit his tenth homer of the yr for the Phillies, a solo shot, and Christian Pache tied the sport 6-all on an RBI unmarried within the 6th that scored Harper.
Connor Joe had 4 hits for the Pirates.
STAR IS BORN
Phillies rookie reliever Orion Kerkering (1-0) threw 18 sliders and struck out two in a scoreless inning of reduction for his first large league win. He’s thrown two shutout innings in two appearances since his debut over the weekend. The 22-year-old Kerkering blazed thru 4 stops within the minor leagues this yr and was once anticipated to make the postseason roster.
Thomson named Zack Wheeler the Sport 1 starter Tuesday within the Nationwide League Wild Card Sequence opener, and Aaron Nola begins Sport 2 day after today. Wheeler begins the collection finale Thursday. Nola will skip his ultimate scheduled get started.
Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins continues to make growth in his go back from a torn ACL in his left knee that has value him all season. Hoskins would possibly quickly see some reside pitching, and Thomson continues to mention “there’s an opportunity” the preferred slugger is again for the International Sequence, must the Phillies make it. Hoskins could be a DH or pinch hitter simplest and would now not play first base.
Hoskins is a candidate to go to Clearwater, Florida, to proceed his rehab and determine with minor leaguers the Phillies have despatched to their complicated to stick able in case they’re want within the postseason. Darick Corridor, Weston Wilson, Cody Clemens and pitchers Andrew Bellatti, Connor Brogdon and Nick Nelson are a number of the workforce headed to Florida.
Zach Wheeler (13-6, 3.64 ERA) will get the beginning for the Phillies within the collection finale these days. The Pirates didn’t title a starter.