Home Cooking Does the Phillies Good

The Philadelphia Phillies return home after an extensive road trip. They last played at Citizens Bank Park on June 5th when they swept the Milwaukee Brewers. Since then, they have split two-game series with the New York Mets in London and lost two series in a row to the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. They are 3 for eight on that road trip. During that time, they also lost one of the best, if not the best, catcher in baseball. JT Realmuto underwent knee surgery following the London series and is hopeful for a return not long after the All-Star break. Home cooking does the Phillies good with a big 9-2 victory against the San Diego Padres.

How Big Is the Loss of JT Realmuto?

Since JT underwent his procedure, Rafael Marchan has combined with Garrett Stubbs to take on the catching duties. There has been a definite dip in pitching quality. In the last eight-game road trip, the pitching staff has combined for a 5.27 ERA, giving up 77 hits, 43 runs, and 22 walks. The bats haven’t helped much during this time. They have hit a combined .248 with .314 OBP in the same eight-game stretch. The offense was lacking in extra-base hits and timely hitting.

Marsh and Turner Return

With the loss of one key player, two have returned. Brandon Marsh recently returned to the lineup during Saturday’s against the Orioles. In those games, he was obviously getting back into rhythm. In seven plate appearances, he could only work out a walk. The big return happens tonight.

Trea Turner returns to the lineup. In the process, Johan Rojas was optioned back to Leigh Valley (AAA). Turner, 30, started each of the Phillies’ first 33 games this season. He slashed .343/.392/.460 with a .852 OPS before being placed on the 10-day IL on May 4 with a left hamstring strain. At the time, he ranked 4th in the NL with 27 runs scored and ranked 10th in fWAR at 1.5. He was named National League Player of the Week for the third time in his career on April 22 after batting .462 (12-26) with five doubles, a home run, four RBI, a walk, and 10 runs scored in six games.

In 32 games (120 PA), while Trea Turner was on the IL, Edmundo Sosa had gone above and beyond, filling in at shortstop. Sosa slashed .275/.336/.505 with a .841 OPS and 13 XBH (5 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR). The question is, how long will it take for him to return to form?

Padres Looking For Revenge

After sweeping San Diego at Petco Park in late April, the Padres come to South Philly looking for redemption. They have been hovering around the .500 mark for most of the season and are coming off a three-game losing streak. San Diego dropped their 3rd straight game on Sunday afternoon in New York, despite Padres’ batters going 10-for-36 overall and 4-for-11 with RISP.

With some early aggressive baseball, the Phillies tried to produce some runs. Kyle Scwarber was caught stealing in the first, and Alec Bohm tried scoring from first on a Castellanos double to center field. He was thrown out at home with a laser from Padres centerfielder Jackson Merrill.

In the third, it pays off. After a strike ’em out, throw ’em out from Rafael Marchan to end the top of the third, he leads off the bottom with a single. Kyle Schwarber follows with a two-run blast to right field. Harper and Bryson Stott would single in the inning. Stotts ‘single’ was questionable because it looked like a throwing error from Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth. Nick Castellanos was robbed of an RBI or two from some good defense from Fernando Tatis Jr. in right field to end the inning.

Marchan Steps Up for the Phillies

Rafael Marchan had a heck of a game. He added a third run for the Phightins in the fourth inning with an RBI single, scoring Brandon Marsh from third. The Phillies put the squeeze on Padres starting pitcher Randy Vasquez in the 5th. It started with a single by Tre Turner. That was his first hit back from the IL. This was followed by a double from Bryce Harper to center field. Alec Bohm was the cherry on top with a three-run bomb to left-center field, making it 6-1 Philly. Nick Castellanos would double, and Randy Vasquez would be pulled for lefthanded reliever Adrian Morejon.

Morejon struggled against the surging Phillies’ offense. In the sixth inning, he gave up a single to Rafael Marchan (his third of the night). Kyle Schwarber launched his second two-run homer of the night, putting the Phillies up 8-1. Trea Turner would single, and that was for Morejon.

Rafael Marchan makes it a 4 for 4 night with his fourth single of the night and second RBI of the night, making it 9-2 Phillies. Phillies broke the hit record for the 2024 season. They had 15 hits against Miami on May 10th. Tonight they racked up 18 hits overall.

Sanchez Sizzles

Cristopher Sanchez looks like the pitcher we saw at the beginning of the season. In seven innings, Sanchez allowed only six hits; one earned run and only one walk with five strikeouts. He did it 94 pitches and kept them on the ground. He allowed the defense to shine behind him with two clutch double plays to shorten innings and minimize Padres baserunners. The Phillies had three double plays in the evening.

Joes Avaraldo and Jose Ruiz came and locked it down in the eight and ninth innings. Only one hit was given up between both pitchers.

It was nice to see the Phillies clicking on all cyclinders tonight. Once again strong starting pitching backed by the bullpen. Everyone got on base except David Dahl. The consistent of the season is young players stepping up when called upon. Rafael Marchan adds to that list.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.

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