Feeling Fine At 40

The Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night in what has been the script for them all season, and all in a nifty two hours and 14 minutes before the largest home crowd of the season (a sellout at 44,742). They received good pitching from the starter and the bullpen, plus a big home run, as they became just the third team in franchise history to reach 40 wins in less than 60 games (the 1976 and 1993 teams were the others). They stand at 40-18 after their 20th win in May; it marks their first 20-plus win month since September of 2010 when they won 21 games.

Aaron Nola

Aaron Nola pitched into the seventh inning and allowed both Cardinals’ runs on solo homers. The relief corps was lights out as the combination of Matt Strahm, Jose Alvarado, and Jeff Hoffman retired all eight Redbirds they faced.

“It felt good,” said Nola, who allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts. “[It] felt like I was working pretty quick like I was in the zone a lot. Give up those two homers but the guys scored more than what I gave up. Overall, pretty good game, really good plays out in the field behind me too.”

Home Cooking

The Phils got all the runs they would need in the second inning. Alec Bohm led off with a single, and with one out, Nick Castellanos doubled for his fifth hit in his last 10 at-bats. Bohm scored on a groundout by Brandon Marsh.

When Trea Turner went on the injured list on May 4th many Phillies fans were worried that it would impact the team after a solid start to the season. Edmundo Sosa has assuaged those fears. In May, his slash line is .313/.389/.563 and in 21 starts at shortstop since May 4th, he hasn’t committed an error. Going into the game, he had the best fWAR in the National League since. On May 4th with a 1.3, his teammate Bryce Harper and the Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani were tied for second with a 1.2.

Edmundo Sosa

The first pitch Sosa saw from Cardinals’ starter Miles Mikolas, he blasted 439 feet onto Ashburn Alley, becoming the first Phillie to hit on there since Darick Hall did it on Jul 22, 2022.

“It feels good to be here and contribute to the team’s win,” said Sosa via Phillies’ interrupter Diego D’Aniello. “I feel I’m privileged to be here and it’s like you say we’re the best team in the majors right now and I’m happy to be here and support the team and contribute to our wins. “I think that I’m living the dream right now and I’m having a lot of fun on the field.”

Philadelphia was up 3-0, but the Cards chipped away with a home run by Brandon Crawford in the third then Nolan Arenado hit one off the foul pole in the seventh. A double by Marsh in the Phillies’ half of the frame led to an insurance run when he scored on Johan Rojas’ line-single to right field.

Bryson Stott made several nice plays in the field while handling nine chances (six assists and three putouts). The best of which was when he reached maximum elevation to snare a line drive off the bat of Iván Herrera.

Rob Thomson was impressed. “Tremendous,” said the Phillies’ manager. “Diving play, leaping play, he’s gold glove caliber.”

Rock Hoffman
Rock Hoffman

Rock Hoffman has been covering sports in the Philadelphia region for over 30 years. He’s been the co-host of a radio show – SportsPage – on the Delaware Valley Radio Network (WRDV.org) in the time. He’s reported on games involving all the Philadelphia teams at the profession and collegiate levels. During his career he’s provided coverage for a Super Bowl, an All-Star Game, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games as well NFL, MLB and NHL playoff games. Additionally, he’s the College Football Editor for Football Stories Magazine (FootballStories.com).



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