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Phils coming back from 4 runs down answered a lot of questions

PHILADELPHIA — Don’t tell Nick Castellanos that he and his surviving Phillies teammates had just done something unexpected. The club that has been to the last two National League Championship Series?

The one that always seems to live up to the “Fightin’s” nickname?

What’s so special about coming back from four runs down to win a 7-6 home game over the Miami Marlins?

“It feels good to come away with the win,” Castellanos said in laid-back Sunday-in-June style. “Especially heading into the off day.”

Yes, the Phillies head into a Monday VK day that precedes a six-game road trip, and they do so with the best record in baseball at 55-29. But they also were down 6-2 to a Marlins team that had already won two games in a four-game set, and were threatening to be the only opposing team since the start of April to win a series at Citizens Bank Park.

What made that scenario so believable was that the Phillies are trying to get by without injured Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and J.T. Realmuto in the lineup, a fact that certainly played into the Phillies only scoring two runs in each of their two previous games.

The public fretting was ramping up, and with Ranger Suarez knocked out of the game early with that four-run deficit the questions begged to get louder.

“Yeah, just because, you know, there’s all the talk, right?” manager Rob Thomson said after his club’s comeback. ” ‘The three guys are out, (so) how you going to score a run?’ All that stuff. Well, we’re going to score runs. These guys are capable. We just have to keep grinding, and maybe we have to create some stuff, too. You know, hit and run, steal some bases. (Rafael) Marchan gets a big sac bunt down. Those are the little things you have to do.”

You also have to have bigger things, like the home run from Alec Bohm in the first, and three hits by Nick Castellanos, and the two-run single by Trea Turner in the seventh after Marchan bunted two runners into scoring position, giving the Phillies the lead for good.

Asked what he learned about his team after watching all that and more during the course of a gradually inspiring afternoon, Thomson added, “Nothing, because I know they fight. I know they’re resilient, and I know they never quit.”

Well, yes, and people residing in the clubhouse know it, too, of course. But what about all that talk?

“Who’s been saying that?” Castellanos sort of demanded. When told it was mostly the media, he added, “Oh, I don’t really pay attention to the media. I can’t comment on that because I really haven’t listened to any of it.”

By the looks of his Sunday boxscore, that’s probably a good thing.

But this was a good result all the way around.

“That was a big one today and I think we all needed it,” Thomson said. “The clubhouse needed it. They fought like hell the entire game, first of all to get up, and then once we got down to come back. Ranger wasn’t at his best today, but the bullpen did a heck of a job. We got some good hits, Castellanos had a big day, Turner … it was good to see them put up some runs and get some baserunners out there.”

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The Phillies managed to put up five errors Sunday. And this while scorekeepers are under an MLB “understanding” that you have to really screw up to get an error as opposed to having the batter get a hit.

But there was Suarez dropping a dribbler out of his glove. And there was Bohm simply dropping a perfectly thrown one-hopper from Turner at first. And there were other subtle misplays you don’t usually see.

“They’re all kind of weird,” Thomson confirmed. “Ranger, he makes that play a thousand times. Nick bobbles a ball off the wall, which can happen, and the throw from Turner is really a designed throw, and it just popped out of Bohm’s glove. Bohm makes a heck of a play on a dive play (then throws it away) … they were all just kind of weird. It’s not like five balls went through infielders legs.”


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