Remembering the days the Phillies were in first place

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Remembering the days the Phillies were in first place
Remembering the days the Phillies were in first place

It's the number of days the 2018 Phillies spent in first place, and there's a reason it turns us into mindless drones: This isn't a place the Phillies had been in a while, and it was even less likely that this year would see their return. On May 26, the Phillies used brief, but timely offense to back their best starting pitcher for a slim 2-1 win over the Blue Jays in Philadelphia. Maikel Franco gave them a fifth inning lead with a home run, and when they lost it, Nick Williams got it back with another bomb in the eighth. Nola changed his philosophy from “let them hit grounders” to “don't let them hit anything.” It worked, for the most part, disrupted only twice: Once by the grounds crew for a 22-minute rain delay, and then again by Russell Martin, with an RBI single, the first hit of a two-hit day for Toronto.

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