Relievers Nick Masset and Dana Eveland were part of the reason why the Phillies were able to score four runs in the top of the 10th inning on Sunday, breaking a scoreless tie and ultimately resulting in a Braves loss. Their performances resulted in tickets out of town, as both players were designated for assignment, per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. David Carpenter and Arodys Vizcaino will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Masset allowed the Phillies to load the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk. Eveland came in and allowed a sacrifice fly to Ryan Howard for the Phillies’ first run. Jake Brigham then came in and allowed three more runners to cross home plate, two of which were charged to Masset.
In 15 1/3 innings with the Braves, Masset posted a 4.68 ERA with a 12/8 K/BB ratio. Eveland, in 3 1/3 innings, allowed two runs with a 4/3 K/BB ratio.
The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.
Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.
The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.
Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.