It’s a David vs. Goliath matchup, but Brooks Reilly, 35, of the New York Mets, is a force to be reckoned with.
In the top of the ninth inning of the Mets’ 4-2 home win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., on Sunday, Reilly pitched ⅔ innings of one-hit ball, striking out two. It was his 13th hold of the season. Lowered her ERA to 2.84.
The leadoff hitter in the top of the ninth inning against Railey was Bryce Harper, 31, a superstar with a whopping $330 million 스포츠토토 contract. On a two-year, $10 million contract, Railey struck out the superstar, who is worth 33 times as much as he is.
Railey’s first pitch was an 89.7-mph sinker. It was down and out, and Harper’s bat didn’t come up. Then Raila threw pitches two and three, an 89.5-mph sinker and an 83-mph sweeper, respectively, for strikes, and a whopping 81-mph sweeper for a swinging strike on pitch four. It had a trajectory lower than the strike zone, but Harper’s bat danced.
Railey followed with a changeup to Nick Castellanos on a 2B2S, but got Kyle Schwarber to ground out on a full count with a 91-mph pitch. It was out of the strike zone, but the pitcher’s hand was up, according to MLB.com Gameday. He’s a right-hander, but he’s been strong against lefties. The 48-win lefty in the KBO carried over to the majors.
With two on and one out, Railey turned the mound over to Drew Smith. Smith got Drew Ellis to fly out to center field to end the game. The Mets won 4-2. Railey’s 13th hold of the season. The hold tied him for second in the National League in holds behind Peter Strazeke (Milwaukee Brewers, 14).
Railey was sidelined with elbow inflammation in early May, but has shown good form since returning. The former KBO player’s quest for a major league individual award continues. He is one ahead of third-place Carl Edwards (Washington Nationals, 12 holds). It’s a tight race.