It’s been an eventful four games for outfielder Jay Bruce since the Phillies acquired him from the Mariners on Sunday — so eventful, in fact, that he’s already wormed his way into the history books.
After recording three home runs in his first three games with the club, Bruce added a record-setting fourth home run during the Phillies’ series opener against the Reds on Friday. Working against a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning, Bruce lifted a first-pitch curveball from Tommy Mahle for a two-run homer, giving the Phillies their first lead of the night:
The blast traveled 380 feet into the left-field bleachers, marking Bruce’s fourth homer in Philadelphia and 18th on the year. According to Elias Sports Bureau, no other Phillies player in the Modern Era has managed four home runs in their first four games with the team.
The Phillies cemented their 4-2 win over the Reds with a run-scoring error and force out in the fifth and eighth innings, respectively. With the win, they improved to 36-27 in the NL East and continue to maintain a two-game lead over the Braves for first place.
Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series. It’s Vanderbilt’s first championship since 2014 when the school defeated Virginia 3-2. Surprisingly, the 10 combined runs made this the highest-scoring College World Series-clinching game since 2009 when LSU beat Texas 11-4.
Michigan got on the board early, beginning the top of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer from Pat DeMarco.
Vanderbilt took control of the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring three and two times, respectively. In the third, DeMarco drew a bases loaded walk and Stephen Scott followed up with a two-run single to make it 4-1. In the fourth, Vandy got a run on an RBI single from J.J. Bleday and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Paul. Harrison Ray added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead to 7-1. After Michigan scratched out another run in the top of the eighth, Vanderbilt got it right back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI single by Philip Clarke.
On the pitching side of things, Mason Hickman delivered six strong innings for Vandy. He yielded the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 10. He gave way to Jake Eder in the seventh, who worked a 1-2-3 frame. Eder remained in the game for the eighth, relenting a run on a two-out double, but it was too little, too late for Michigan. Going out in the ninth inning for a third inning, Eder worked around a two-out walk to close out the ballgame in an 8-2 victory for Vanderbilt.