Can Darick Hall Save the Phillies?
The Phillies were able to make up a bit of ground on Friday, knocking off the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3. They put themselves in an early hole, going down 3-0 in the first three innings, but charged back in the later frames to take home the win. As he did the night before, Darick Hall came up big to save the Phillies
Hall had another big night on Friday, launching a sixth inning moonshot into the rightfield seats off of Cardinals’ starter Miles Mikolas. It’s the third homer for Hall in his first three big league games, and the 26-year-old is making good on the monster power he showed in Triple-A this year.
Hall has been a Godsend for the Phillies this week, as he powered them to victory Thursday night against the Braves with two longballs, and played another crucial role on Friday against St. Louis. He clearly won’t keep up this homer-per-game level of production, but if he can be an effective, powerful lefty bat in the heart of the order, it’ll be a massive boon to the Phils’ Bryce Harper-less lineup.
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Friday night’s victory moved the team up to only 1.5 games back of the third and final wildcard spot. Ironically, that position is currently held by the St. Louis Cardinals. They still have the San Francisco Giants in between them, not to mention the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves holding the top two wildcard spots, but they still have a chance. It’s an uphill battle for the our boys, especially without Bryce Harper, but maybe the emergence of Darick Hall can help save the Phillies this year.