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Bohm comes through in clutch for Phillies

No. 28 overall prospect caps four-RBI game with walk-off single
In 23 games, Alec Bohm (center) has driven in 15 runs for Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)
September 9, 2020

Alec Bohm is making the jump from Double-A to the Major Leagues look rather easy. Philadelphia's top prospect plated four runs, two via a walk-off single, to rally the Phillies past the Red Sox, 6-5, in the opener of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Alec Bohm is making the jump from Double-A to the Major Leagues look rather easy.

Philadelphia's top prospect plated four runs, two via a walk-off single, to rally the Phillies past the Red Sox, 6-5, in the opener of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Hitting out of the No. 8 spot, Bohm started his third three-hit game in The Show by beating out an infield single to shortstop in the bottom of the second inning against Martin Pérez.'s No. 28 overall prospect lined his first two-RBI knock of the afternoon to center field off the southpaw in the third. With two outs in the seventh, he roped a single to left off righty Matt Barnes that plated J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius to win the game.

“We were all going ballistic in there,” Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin said after the game. “We kind of actually called it. We knew if Bohmer is getting up, he was getting the job done. He’s just playing awesome baseball. It’s really cool to see somebody step up like that in multiple occasions and be able to come through for the boys, especially after having a 4-1 lead in the fifth.”

After his Game 1 heroics, Bohm was batting .293 with two homers, five doubles, 15 RBIs and a .773 OPS. The numbers get even more striking with runners in scoring position -- .478 with 13 RBIs and a 1.082 OPS.

“You look at him and it looks like he’s been playing ball up here for 10 years," Eflin said. "He’s huge. He’s [6-foot-5], he’s athletic, he knows how to work a count, he knows how to hit off-speed pitches. It’s just amazing what he’s doing right now. We’re trying to continue and keep it going. But he’s been a huge part of our offense thus far, and we’re looking forward to having him for a long time.”

The third overall pick in the 2018 Draft rose three levels while hitting a combined .305 in his first full season in the Minor Leagues in 2019, racking up Organization All-Star honors from and selections to the All-Star Futures Game and the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game along the way. The 24-year-old also was named a Florida State League midseason All-Star.

Meanwhile, Bobby Dalbec extended his home run streak to four games by going yard for Boston in both ends of the doubleheader. The third-ranked Red Sox prospect teed off to left-center against righty Tommy Hunter in the sixth to tie the game. Dalbec also worked a walk in the second off Eflin and grounded out to the right-hander in the fourth.

After homering in his Major League debut on Aug. 30 against the Nationals, Dalbec was hitless in his next four contests. Over the weekend, though, he went yard in both games against the Blue Jays.

The 2016 fourth-rounder amassed a .261/.362/.505 slash line over four Minor League seasons. deemed him an Organization All-Star the previous two seasons he was a 2019 midseason and postseason All-Star at Double-A Portland. A season earlier, Dalbec was tabbed Carolina League MVP for his time at Class A Advanced Salem and was named to the AFL Rising Stars roster later that year.

In other action:

Red Sox 5, Phillies 2 (2nd game)

Bobby Dalbec went yard in his fourth straight game, smacking his fifth of the year to right-center field with Jackie Bradley Jr. aboard in the sixth as Boston avoided a doubleheader sweep. An inning later, Dalbec drove in Xander Bogaerts with a single to center, upping his average to .250 in nine games. Top Phillies prospect Alec Bohm went 0-for-2 in the nightcap, while 15th-ranked JoJo Romero got all four Red Sox he faced in relief to ground out, dropping his ERA to 3.18. Box score

Marlins 8, Braves 0

Top Miami prospect Sixto Sanchez continued his impressive big league debut season. The No. 22 overall prospect twirled six dominant innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out six to earn his second win. Fourth-ranked Jazz Chisholm went 0-for-4, but walked and scored a run. No. 10 Monte Harrison crossed the plate after entering as a pinch-runner for outfielder Matt Joyce in the ninth. Box score

Pirates 5, White Sox 4

Second-ranked Bucs prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, the second of his young career, putting his slash line at .381/.435/.762 through six games. He scored on an infield single by Kevin Newman. The No. 41 overall prospect also walked and struck out. Nick Madrigal, ranked 40th overall, doubled twice for his first big league extra-base hits and walked for Chicago. No. 25 Codi Heuer and No. 26 Matt Foster twirled a scoreless inning apiece. Heuer struck out one, while Foster whiffed two. Box score

Orioles 11, Mets 2

Ryan Mountcastle belted a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, to center field in the third inning and doubled to center in the ninth. The fifth-ranked Baltimore prospect is batting .339 in 16 Major League games. Mets No. 3 prospect Andrés Giménez went 1-for-3 to improve to .294. Box score

Nationals 5, Rays 3

Carter Kieboom drove a two-out double to right field off Tampa Bay lefty Ryan Yarbrough in the second inning to plate a run. It was the first extra-base hit of the season for MLB Pipeline's No. 21 overall prospect. He also was hit by a pitch by righty reliever Aaron Slegers in the sixth and scored on a groundout by Trea Turner. Box score

Giants 6, Mariners 5

Top San Francisco prospect Joey Bart singled to center field off righty Brady Lail and came home on a two-run homer by Mauricio Dubón. M’s No. 30 prospect Ljay Newsome got the start and gave up a run on two hits with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings before he was struck on the right hand by a line drive. No. 21 Joey Gerber allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless sixth, while No. 55 overall prospect Evan White continued his offensive resurgence with a 2-for-4 night. Since his average dropped to .133 on Aug. 19, White is 12-for-38 over 11 games to boost that mark to .190. Box score

Royals 8, Indians 6

Indians No. 10 prospect Triston McKenzie gave up three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out seven in five frames. No. 17 James Karinchak served up a perfect sixth with two strikeouts for his sixth hold, lowering his ERA to 2.70. Royals No. 22 prospect Edward Olivares went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and has hit safely in all five games since being acquired from the Padres. The 24-year-old is batting .250 over 17 games in the Majors. Box score

Cardinals 6, Twins 4 (2nd game)

Sixth-ranked Minnesota prospect Ryan Jeffers reached all three times he came to the plate, singling to left field off righty Daniel Ponce de Leon in the second inning, walking in the fourth against lefty Genesis Cabrera and getting plunked by southpaw Andrew Miller in the sixth. No. 12 Brent Rooker connected on his first Major League homer, a two-run shot off Ponce de Leon in the second. Twins No. 26 prospect Jorge Alcala allowed one run on one hit and one walk while recording two outs. It was the third time in 11 appearance that the right-hander has given up a run. Box score

Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1

Eleventh-ranked Toronto prospect Anthony Kay pitched a flawless eighth for his third hold in 11 outings this season. No. 21 Santiago Espinal, who went 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts out of the ninth spot in the lineup, is batting .240 in 23 games. Yankees No. 26 prospect Michael King induced a groundout and a strikeout to end the seventh, his first scoreless outing in seven big league appearances. Box score

Rangers 7, Angels 1

Third-ranked Texas prospect Leody Taveras went 1-for-5 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot. He’s hitting .220 in 15 big league games. No. 7 Anderson Tejeda was 0-for-3 with a walk in his seventh appearance of the season. Jo Adell went 0-for-3 with a walk out of the No. 9 spot, the top Los Angels prospect’s first hitless game in his past four starts. Box score

Tigers 8, Brewers 3

Detroit’s No. 6 prospect Isaac Paredes entered as a pinch-runner for Jonathan Schoop in the fourth, taking over at third base defensively. He went 0-for-2 and hasn’t gotten a hit since Aug. 29. No. 17 Bryan Garcia came in the game with two outs in the ninth, giving up a walk before inducing a popout to end the game. Tenth-ranked Milwaukee prospect Drew Rasmussen retired both batters he faced in the seventh. No. 23 Tyrone Taylor was 0-for-1 after replacing Christian Yelich in left in the eighth. Box score

Astros 5, Athletics 4 (2nd game)

Houston's No. 13 prospect Enoli Paredes loaded the bases on a hit and two walks, but struck out one in two-thirds of an inning to pick up his second win. Ninth-ranked Oakland prospect Jonah Heim went 0-for-2 with a walk out of the No. 9 spot. Box score

Padres 14, Rockies 5

San Diego’s No. 10 prospect Jorge Mateo, No. 13 Jake Cronenworth and No. 24 Jorge Oña each went 0-for-1 in reserve duty after their team built a big early lead. Sixth-ranked Friars prospect Adrian Morejon tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two without a walk. Rockies No. 30 prospect Antonio Santos was tagged for three runs on five hits in three innings. Box score

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