J.P. Crawford hustled to score from first base on the Phillies' first three-run single in 40 years
During Spring Training, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler issued a motto that he hoped would define the team: #BeBold. Part of the motivation in that was that Kapler thought the team could surprise people with their performance in 2018.
As the Phillies took on the Pirates Thursday night, Cesar Hernandez and J.P. Crawford showed what being bold looks like on the field. With the bases loaded, two outs and facing a 3-2 count from Jameson Taillon in the second inning, Hernandez lined a single into center field. With all the baserunners in motion, Crawford scored from first. That's right. Hernandez hit a three-run single. Their first since 1978.
The Pirates clearly didn't expect Crawford to be so bold as to try to score from first on a seemingly routine single up the middle. That, of course, is the whole idea and is why Crawford's hustle was able to catch the Pirates by surprise.
"When I reached first base [Jose] Flores said, 'Don't be too surprised that Crawford scored. I gave him a heads up and said if he hits a single you better score. I want you running,'" Hernandez said. "That hit was special to me because it was my 500th hit."