The Venezuelan Ronald Torreyes comes to bat to the rhythm of the melody of “La Bamba”, performed by Los Lobos. It is a suitable choice. After the heroic deeds of the utility infielder on Thursday night, the home crowd had little reason to stop dancing.
Torreyes hit a three-run home run to left field with two outs at the close of the sixth inning to give his team the ultimate advantage as the Philadelphia Phillies posted a 12-6 slate win over the Pittsburgh Pirates visitors at Citizens Bank Park. Here the winning HR from Torreyes:
The Phillies became the first team in the modern era to win by six or more runs after trailing by six or more runs twice in the same season. It was the Phillies’ second unlikely rally in eight days. Last Thursday, they erased an initial 7-0 deficit and defeated the Cubs, 17-8.
It was Torreyes’ first career pinch homer and it kept the Phillies in the race for the Playoffs. The Pirates jumped to an early 6-0 lead. A home run by Didi Gregorius and RBI hits by Andrew McCutchen and Brad Miller helped make it 6-5 at the end of the third. Torreyes’s shot completed the rally, putting it 8-6 in the sixth.
After hitting his home run, Torreyes was greeted on the bench by Jean Segura and Gregorius, and the trio broke into their own dance. Torreyes said they have been doing it for the past few weeks.
JT Realmuto, who also pinch-hitted in the sixth, added a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh and a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth. Girardi said before the game that he wanted to give Realmuto his last day off of the season. He finished 3 of 3 with four RBIs and two runs.
The rally made it easier to forget another disappointing performance from Aaron Nola. The long-awaited Phillies ace allowed six runs and six hits in six innings.
Five of those runs came with two outs in the second inning as the Pirates jumped to an early 5-0 lead behind a two-run single by starting pitcher Connor Overton, in his first major league plate appearance, and a of three. home run by Ke’Bryan Hayes, the son of former Phillie, Charlie Hayes.
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Nola heard some boos as he got closer to hitting in the bottom of the third inning, but he was walked and scored a run. He calmed down and didn’t allow another Pirate to reach base, finishing with eight strikeouts. The Phillies finally pinch-hit for Nola in the bottom of the sixth, with Torreyes and the trick worked for manager Joe Girardi.