Ben Revere hit another home run

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It’s not often that a player simply hitting a home run is newsworthy, but Phillies outfielder Ben Revere has done it so rarely — in fact, never in 1,400 plate appearances entering the season — that it’s like seeing Halley’s Comet. Revere hit his first career home run on May 27 against the Rockies, a line drive off of lefty Boone Logan. The smash, 1,466 at-bats into Revere’s career, ended the longest homerless drought since Frank Tavares of the Pirates went 1,594 at-bats without going deep between 1972-77.

Revere did it again on Friday night against the Nationals, and it helped in a big way. The Phillies were down 5-0 after five innings and 7-2 after seven, but a two-run eighth and a two-run home run by Carlos Ruiz in the ninth brought them to within one run with Revere at the plate facing closer Rafael Soriano. With a 2-2 count, Soriano threw a breaking ball over the plate, and Revere lifted it in the air to right field, landing about five rows up in the stands above Jayson Werth for a game-tying solo home run.

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The game went into extra innings. Domonic Brown reached second base to lead off the 11th inning when Bryce Harper and Denard Span collided going after a fly ball to left-center. Brown was bunted over to third base and scored, on a bad throw home by first baseman Tyler Moore on a Maikel Franco ground ball, to put the Phillies up 8-7. Revere added an RBI single to make it 9-7, then stole second base for his 43rd base of the season… then was thrown out trying to steal third. Jonathan Papelbon allowed a run in the bottom half of the 11th but ultimately closed out the contest.

Revere finished the game 3-for-5 with a walk, an RBI single, a double, and the home run. He remains the National League leader in batting average at .316, two points ahead of Josh Harrison. Revere is also third in hits with 162 and third in stolen bases with 43. If he wins the batting title, he’ll be the first Phillie to have done so since Richie Ashburn in 1958.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.