By Sam Bush
Runners were on the corners, one out and Freddie Freeman at the plate, and Phils José Alvarado got the reigning National League MVP Award winner to hit a weak chopper back to the mound.
Rather than throwing home, Alvarado’s first thought was to go for a double play, but there was nobody covering second base with the infield playing in. The runner at third, Ehire Adrianza, easily scored the game’s go-ahead run.
“It’s one of those things where it’s perfectly placed where the ball’s hit,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said, “and it cost us.”
Phillies manger Joe Girardi says the instincts were for Jose Alvarado to go for the double play on this play but Didi Gregorious was signaling to go home
— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) April 11, 2021