2 Out Of 3 Isn’t Bad Right?

The Phillies returned home after a not-so-successful West Coast-like road trip. They were only able to grab two wins out of 6 against the Rockies and Giants. As we get ready to flip the calendar to June the Phillies are hoping they return to their winning ways. First up a three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Flyers Let Early Lead Slip Away, Lose to Capitals

Friday

 Edmundo Sosa homered, Bryce Harper doubled and singled and the Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Friday night for their seventh consecutive win at home. Aaron Nola (7-2) pitched into the seventh inning for the Phillies, who entered tied with the Yankees for most wins in baseball. Philadelphia improved to 40-18.

Sosa put the Phillies up 3-0 with a 439-foot, two-run drive into Ashburn Alley in center field in the second inning against Miles Mikolas (3-6). It was the first ball to reach the walkway beyond the outfield seats since July 22, 2022, when Darick Hall hit a drive there.

Nola allowed a pair of home runs among his three hits while striking out six and walking two. Nolan Arenado and Brandon Crawford hit homers for the Cardinals, who lost for just the fourth time in the last 16 games.

The Crowd

They were welcomed back to Philly by another sellout crowd, their largest of the season of 44,742, on a beautiful night for baseball. The Phillies improved to 23-8 overall at home and followed three-game sweeps over the Nationals and defending World Series champion Rangers by opening this three-game set against the Cardinals with a victory in a crisp 2 hours, 14 minutes.

The Bullpen

Jeff Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in eight tries. The Phillies also got some stellar defense from second baseman Bryson Stott, who leaped high to catch Iván Herrera’s liner in the fifth and then dove hard to his left to record the final out of the eighth on Alec Burleson’s grounder.

J.T. Realmuto went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts to end his hitting streak at 17 games. Cardinals’ rookie Masyn Winn’s 18-game hitting streak also ended. Winn entered in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter and flew out to left.

Saturday

Spencer Turnbull struck out six in three scoreless innings after stepping in for injured starter Ranger Suarez and Bryce Harper homered to lead the Phillies to their eighth straight home win with a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Suárez, who entered the game tied for the major league lead with nine wins, left with a bruised left hand after he was drilled by a 106.1 mph line drive off the bat of Alec Burleson in the second inning. X-rays were negative.

Big Bats And Big Pen

The left-hander said the ball hit him on the part of the thumb that is more muscle than bone. There is inflammation and he said he would know in a couple of days whether he will be able to make his next scheduled start. Alec Bohm drove in two runs for the Phillies, who have the best record in the majors at 41-18.

After getting hit, Suárez picked up the ball and threw to first to get the final out and then immediately winced. Suárez put his face in his glove, walked to the dugout, and then headed back to the clubhouse after retiring all six batters he faced, striking out two.

Suárez has been pitching well. He began playing Saturday second in the NL in ERA (1.75), first in opponents’ batting average (.171), first in WHIP (0.82), and sixth in strikeouts (77). Masyn Winn drove in the lone run for the Cardinals, who had gotten back to .500 entering this three-game series after winning 12 of 15 before dropping the opener Friday night.

Philadelphia will go for its third straight three-game home series sweep on Sunday night. The Phillies played in front of yet another sellout crowd on Saturday, this time 44,668. Turnbull (3-0), who started the season in the rotation while Taijuan Walker was out with a shoulder injury, didn’t allow a hit and retired nine of 10 batters, with the only baserunner reaching on an error.

Harper padded Philadelphia’s lead in the seventh with a two-out, two-run drive 415 feet into the second deck in right field off John King. It was the 14th homer and 44th RBI for the two-time MVP.

Philadelphia jumped in front with three runs in the first off Sonny Gray (7-3). Bohm’s major league-leading 23rd double scored a pair of runs, and Nick Castellanos made it 3-0 with a two-out double to score Bohm.

Gray left after giving up four runs and five hits in five innings with 10 strikeouts and three walks. St. Louis scored its lone run in the third on rookie Winn’s sacrifice fly off José Ruiz. Phillies relievers Orion Kerkering, Searanthony Dominquez, and Gregory Soto followed Turnbull with three scoreless innings.

Sunday

 Nolan Gorman hit an early two-run homer and a tie-breaking single in the 10th inning to lead the Cardinals over the Phillies 5-4 on Sunday night. Gorman ripped a two-out single to right field off Gregory Soto (1-3) to score the automatic runner in the 10th and help St. Louis avoid a series sweep. The Cardinals had lost their last six games in Philadelphia.

Cardinals’ reliever Ryan Helsley struck out Nick Castellanos for his 19th save, stranding automatic runner Bryce Harper at third base and ending Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak. John King (2-1) tossed a scoreless inning of relief for the win.

Taijuan Walker continued plodding through another turn in the rotation even as the Phillies have Spencer Turnbull out in the bullpen. The Phillies are committed to Walker in large part because he’s in the second season of a four-year, $72 million deal — the first of which saw him fail to throw a pitch in the postseason, even as the 15-game winner and the Phillies reached Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.

Turnbull, who started the season in the rotation while Walker was out with a shoulder injury, didn’t allow a hit and retired nine of 10 batters in a relief appearance on Saturday. Turnbull is 3-0 with a 2.64 ERA over 13 games and six starts this season.

Walker — who entered with a 5.51 ERA — didn’t impress in his seventh start of the season. Gorman hooked his 11th homer inside the right-field foul pole, a two-run shot in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.

After the Phillies tied it 2-all in the second on backup catcher Garret Stubbs’ RBI double and Johan Rojas’ groundout off starter Lance Lynn, Walker again ran into trouble.

He gave up his second two-run homer of the game, to Alec Bohm in the third as St. Louis went back in front 4-2. Phillies fans fed up with Walker chanted for Turnbull. They didn’t get their wish, but Walker pitched only five innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Again, the Phillies bailed out Walker on Bryson Stott’s two-run single in the fifth.

Up Next

The Phillies will now look to rebound against will now look to rebound against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night. They will welcome back Rhys Hoskins to Philadelphia.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.

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