The Phillies had plenty of fight in them Sunday as both Bryce Harper and manager Gabe Kapler were ejected in the fourth inning by home-plate umpire Gabe Morales. That, however, did not keep them from finishing off a losing homestand with a 6-3 setback to the Boston Red Sox.
The Phillies fired pitching coach Rick Kranitz in November and he admits he was "mad" at the time. That anger has subsided and the 60-year-old pitching coach is about to reach the postseason for just the second time in his career.
The Phillies and Braves were both in a race to get good again two years ago. Now, the Braves are on the verge of their second straight NL East title, while the Phillies are a longshot for the league's second wildcard.
The Phillies played the second longest nine-inning game in team history Sunday in New York. When it was over, they had a 10-7 victory over the Mets that left them just two games behind the Cubs in the NL wildcard race.