The Philadelphia Phillies are amid a contentious NL Wild Card race.
Every game matters as they sit atop the Wild Card standings.
The Phillies entered Wednesday with a chance to prove they are serious contenders.
Going into Atlanta and taking two of three from the Braves would be quite a statement.
That is exactly what they did on Wednesday afternoon.
The Phillies won, 6-5, in extra-innings and outfielder Nick Castellanos was a big reason for the victory.
Not only did Castellanos hit two home runs in the game, but he saved the day with an outstanding throw to cut off the winning run at the plate, as shared by MLB on Twitter.
— MLB (@MLB) September 20, 2023
This was an interesting play as Castellanos could have chosen to drop the ball.
That would have not allowed the runner to tag up and would give the Phillies pitcher another chance to strike the batter out.
It ended up working out for Castellanos as he made a strong throw to the plate to complete the double play.
The Phillies seem to be playing some of their best ball of the year at this point.
Just like last season, they are getting hot at the right time in hopes of making a deep postseason run.
Keep an eye on the Phillies as we enter October.
They have a strong lineup and have a few very good starting pitchers.
As long as their bullpen can hold up this may be a team that can win the NL pennant for the second straight year.NEXT: Kyle Schwarber Stands Alone In Phillies History