Saturday night’s game between the Reds and Phillies ended in dramatic fashion. The Phillies were in danger of relinquishing a one-run lead — a situation in which they have otherwise been very successful this season — with reliever David Hernandez on the mound in the ninth inning. The Reds had runners on second and third with one out in a 4-3 ballgame.
Hernandez threw a curve ball that hung way too high to Jordan Pacheco, who skied it to left fielder Tyler Goeddel. Goeddel picked up momentum, made the catch, and fired a laser that hit catcher Cameron Rupp‘s mitt right as Eugenio Suarez attempted to touch home plate. The two collided very hard, but Rupp was able to hang onto the ball, ending the game in a 4-3 victory for the Phillies.
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Rupp passed concussion tests, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, but he’s dealing with a sore left ankle.
Entering Sunday’s series finale with the Reds, the 22-15 Phillies were 14-3 in one-run games. They’re currently out-performing their expected won-lost record (based on run differential) by seven games.