Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off homer for Phillies affirms one of Joe Girardi’s best moves

Joe Girardi has taken a lot of heat for some of his managerial moves this Phillies season. It goes with the territory. Managers always hear about the things that go wrong and seldom about the things that go right.

One of the things that has gone right for Girardi helped the Phillies pull off one of their biggest and most important wins of the season on Monday night.

Back on May 30, Girardi moved Andrew McCutchen out of the leadoff spot and into the No. 6 spot in the batting order. Girardi’s goal was to ease some pressure on McCutchen, who had struggled early in the season, and perhaps get a few RBIs from the veteran outfielder by capitalizing on his ability to drive the ball.

Since June 1, McCutchen has hit anywhere from third to sixth in the Phillies’ batting order, all prime RBI spots, and delivered in a big way. His three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Phillies to a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night.

It was a huge win for the Phils as it pushed them to a game over .500 and 3½ games behind the first-place New York Mets in the NL East. The trade deadline arrives Friday.

The Phils were down 4-0 after four innings. Rhys Hoskins clubbed a three-run homer in the sixth and the bullpen kept them in the game.…

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Jim Salisbury

Jim Salisbury

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