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Bohm delivers walk-off win to Phillies

Top Philadelphia prospect collects three hits, winning sac fly
Alec Bohm (right) celebrates with Rhys Hoskins after capping his big game with a walk-off sacrifice fly. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
@AndrewAtBatt
September 3, 2020

Alec Bohm is heating up at the plate and it culminated Thursday in one of his best games in the big leagues. Philadelphia's top prospect matched a season high with three hits and delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to send the Phillies to a 6-5 victory

Alec Bohm is heating up at the plate and it culminated Thursday in one of his best games in the big leagues.

Philadelphia's top prospect matched a season high with three hits and delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to send the Phillies to a 6-5 victory over the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

Philly manager Joe Girardi was not surprised to see Bohm put the ball in play during a key moment.

"I do [like our chances] because he's not a guy that strikes out a lot," Girardi said. "Knock on wood, he's a contact guy that has power. ... He had a great day today, we gave him that day off and he's come back on fire again and it's great to see. When you get that production from the bottom of your lineup, him and [Andrew Knapp] were on base all day."

Bohm came into the afternoon with hits in three straight games, extending his modest streak to four with a single to left field off Aníbal Sánchez in the second. Two frames later, MLB.com's No. 29 overall prospect got the best of the right-hander again when he ripped a 2-1 pitch back up the middle for a leadoff single.

He fanned in the sixth against righty Kyle Finnegan, then smacked a single to right against righty Will Harris in the eighth.

The third baseman's biggest plate appearance of the day came in the 10th and he delivered on just one pitch. Bohm ambushed the first offering from southpaw Sean Doolittle , sending a fly ball deep enough into center to plate J.T. Realmuto with the winning run.

The 24-year-old, who also posted a three-hit game on Aug. 23 against Atlanta, is hitting .317 with an .867 OPS through his first 63 at-bats in the Majors.

Bohm, who batted .293/.368/.474 in 165 Minor League games coming into this year, has impressed his skipper early in his time with the big club.

"I've said all along I think this kid is really gonna hit and he's also going to hit for power because I think his approach is great," Girardi said. "He is not a guy that just looks to leave the ballpark, he looks to drive the ball gap-to-gap. And as you mature as a player and as a man, those gap-to-gap become homers. I believe this kid really knows how to hit and it's going to continue."

On the other side, second-ranked Nationals prospect Luis Garcia went 3-for-4, scored twice and made some eye-popping plays at second base. With three singles and his third three-hit night in 18 big league games, the 20-year-old upped his average 31 points to .290.

No. 15 Phillies prospect JoJo Romero encountered no problems in two-thirds of an inning. The lefty has maintained a 0.00 ERA through his first four appearances.

In other action:

Astros 8, Rangers 4

Blake Taylor lowered his ERA to 1.08 by a working around a walk in a scoreless ninth of the victory. The No. 28 Astros prospect sports a 1.14 WHIP and has fanned 15 batters in 16 2/3 innings. Taylor is unscored upon in 15 of his 17 appearances. Box score

Mets 9, Yankees 7 (10 innings)

Albert Abreu threw two strikes Thursday. His second one sailed over the left-field fence for a walk-off home run. The No. 12 Yankees prospect surrendered the long ball to Pete Alonso in the 10th inning in his first appearance since Aug. 8. Third-ranked Mets prospect Andrés Giménez entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 10th and did not bat. Box score

Angels 2, Padres 0

Top Angels prospect Jo Adell showed his patience at the plate and drew two free passes across three plate appearances. While he has struggled out of the gate hitting .163, it was Adell's first multi-walk game in the Majors. No. 13 Padres prospect Jake Cronenworth continued his hot stretch at the plate, going 1-for-3. He's hit .346 over 33 games. Box score

White Sox 11, Royals 6

On his final night with prospect status, Luis Robert went out with a bang. He homered, walked, drove in three runs and scored twice. In the second, Robert walked and scored, graduating from prospect status when he flied out to right in the third. In the seventh, he crushed a three-run homer to left for his 11th roundtripper of the season. In his first game since being acquired by the Padres, No. 22 Royals prospect Edward Olivares went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. He singled in the sixth and whacked a first-pitch double to right in the eighth. No. 18 White Sox prospect Bernardo Flores made his big league debut in relief, allowing two runs on two hits with a strikeout. No. 26 Matt Foster yielded a run on two hits and fanned one in one frame. Box score

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 3 (10 innings)

Toronto’s No. 11 prospect Anthony Kay and No. 23 Thomas Hatch combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. The duo yielded three hits, two walks and struck out three. No. 21 Santiago Espinal went 0-for-2. Third-ranked Red Sox prospect Bobby Dalbec walked but was hitless in three at-bats, making him 2-for-15 to begin his Major League career. Box score

Dodgers 5, D-backs 1

Arizona’s No. 18 prospect Andy Young drove in a run with a fielder’s choice groundout, doubled and was hit by a pitch in four at-bats. Third-ranked Daulton Varsho went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Box score

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt.