Bohm's big night not enough for Philly
Alec Bohm showed Philadelphia the benefits of having him bat between Bryce Harper and Didi Gregorius on Thursday night. Philadelphia's top-ranked prospect fit right in with the seasoned veterans, hitting the middle long ball of a back-to-back-to-back sequence as the Phillies fell to the Mets, 10-6, at Citizens Bank Park.
Philadelphia's top-ranked prospect fit right in with the seasoned veterans, hitting the middle long ball of a back-to-back-to-back sequence as the Phillies fell to the Mets, 10-6, at Citizens Bank Park.
Top #Phillies prospect Alec Bohm's the middle man in a back-to-back-to-back scenario.— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 17, 2020
The Mets struck first off Aaron Nola, tagging the veteran for three runs in the top of the first, but the Phillies bounced back in emphatic fashion -- with Bohm right in the middle of all the action.
After Harper put Philadelphia on the board with a solo shot off Mets starter Seth Lugo in the bottom of the frame, MLB.com's No. 28 overall prospect followed his lead. Bohm worked Lugo to a 3-1 count before ripping the right-hander's sinker the opposite way for his fourth home run of the year. Gregorius capped the feat with another dinger, marking the first time Philadelphia went back-to-back-to-back since 2017.
"We get down 3-0 in the first inning and what happens? Bang, it's 4-3," Phillies manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the game. "This team never gives up. I believe in them. I believe we’re going to find a way to get it done. Believe me, I know that we have to be creative in a lot of situations because we’ve got starters down. We’ve got position players down. But hey, it’s a chance for someone to step up and help us out."
One frame later, Bohm stepped up again. The 24-year-old wasn't fooled by Lugo's fastball, driving the pitch to center for his 10th double of the season. The Wichita State product scored two batters later on an RBI single by Jean Segura.
The second overall third-base prospect finished the night 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. It marked the 12th multi-hit game of his short professional career and his fifth in his last 10 games. Since making his Major League debut on Aug. 13, the 2018 third overall pick has posted a slash line of .317/.368/.496 through 34 games.
For the Mets, third-ranked Andres Gimenez walked twice and scored a run.
In other action:
Red Sox 5, Marlins 3
Miami's No. 11 prospect Nick Neidert carved two scoreless innings in relief in his first appearance since returning from the Injured List on Sept. 13. The 23-year-old righty allowed one hit and struck out three. Fourth-ranked Jazz Chisholm went 0-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Boston's No. 3 prospect Bobby Dalbec struck out in all four of his at-bats. Box score
White Sox 4, Twins 3
Chicago’s No. 25 prospect Codi Heuer earned the win, working around two hits while fanning three in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Third-ranked Nick Madrigal beat out an infield single to short for his lone hit in three at-bats. His average stands at .324. Yolbert Sanchez, Chicago’s No. 20 prospect, scored on a double by Eloy Jimenez after pinch-running in the seventh for the go-ahead run. Sixth-ranked Twins prospect Ryan Jeffers singled to center in the fifth. Box score
Angels 7, D-backs 3
Arizona's No. 28 prospect Pavin Smith singled past third base to lead off the third and added a single to center to lead off the ninth, scoring on a single by Josh VanMeter. Smith is 5-for-15 on the season. Third-ranked D-backs prospect Daulton Varsho worked a walk to lead off the game but went 0-for-4. Box score
Rays 3, Orioles 1 (Game 1)
Tampa Bay's No. 19 prospect Randy Arozarena worked a walk off righty Cesar Valdez to lead off the seventh, advanced to third on a double by Michael Perez and scored on a groundout by Yoshi Tsutsugo. Third-ranked Baltimore prospect Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-3 with an RBI single to right in the sixth that tied the game, 1-1. Starter Dean Kremer , Baltimore's No. 10 prospect, allowed a run on three hits and three walks while fanning six over five frames to lower his ERA to 1.69. Box score
Rays 10, Orioles 6 (Game 2)
Randy Arozarena doubled to left on a 3-2 pitch by right-hander Travis Lakins in the fourth and hit a sacrifice fly that scored Austin Hays in the fifth. Mountcastle lined a double to center that plated DJ Stewart in the third. The No. 97 overall prospect finished 1-for-3 and his average sits at .348. In his MLB debut, Bruce Zimmermann allowed four runs on three hits and a walk while whiffing two in three innings. Box score
Indians 10, Tigers 3
Top Detroit prospect Casey Mize allowed five runs -- three earned -- on four hits and three walks while striking out one in 3 2/3 innings. Sixth-ranked Isaac Paredes doubled to right and scored on a three-run homer by Willi Castro while No. 7 Daz Cameron went 0-for-3. Rony Garcia, the Tigers' No. 30 prospect, walked one and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings to close out the game. Box score
Giants 6, Mariners 4
San Francisco's No. 18 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe entered the game as an injury replacement for outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. The 24-year-old grounded his first big league hit to left on the first pitch by Seattle starter Nick Margevicius to lead off the sixth. Basabe also swiped second base in the ninth -- his first Major League steal. He finished up 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs. Seattle's No. 20 prospect Joey Gerber allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning of relief. His ERA stands at 2.77. Box score
Pirates 5, Cardinals 1
No. 41 overall prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes doubled, walked and scored a run while extending his hitting streak to four games. In 14 Major League contests, the 23-year-old is batting .313 with a .972 OPS. St. Louis' No. 11 prospect Junior Fernandez pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and No. 27 Seth Elledge allowed a hit over two-thirds of an inning. Box score
Astros 2, Rangers 1
Texas' No. 7 prospect Anderson Tejeda singled in the second inning and No. 10 Sherten Apostel doubled and scored the Rangers' lone run on a single by Eli White. Second-ranked Sam Huff entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh and did not get to bat. Box score
Dodgers 9, Rockies 3
In his second Major League game, Los Angeles' No. 20 prospect Zach McKinstry grounded into a double play while pinch-hitting in the ninth, then remained in the game at second base. Colorado's No. 18 prospect Josh Fuentes went hitless in four at-bats. Box score