Just what the doctor ordered. The doctor ordered a great performance from Ranger. Ranger Suarez pitched a shutout on just 97 pitches to secure a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The win puts Philadelphia at an 81-74 record. Matt Vierling crushed his first big league home run followed by the 34th of the season from Bryce Harper. Brad Miller added an RBI single to get the 3-0 final.
WHAT ABOUT SUAREZ?
Suarez has pitched in just about every situation since being called up. Middle relief, closer, and has become the fourth starter in the rotation. More importantly, with Archie Bradley out for the season and Sam Coonrod nursing a sore thumb, the bullpen is short. Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado, and Ian Kennedy all logged a few innings in the past few days.
Suarez gave the bullpen a much-needed rest. “I’ve always thought he (Suarez) was the nastiest guy in the system who I faced coming up.” Matt Vierling commented.
Philadelphia can be no worse than 2 1/2 games back when they take on the Atlanta Braves beginning Tuesday. “That’s all you ask for, you want to control your own destiny and not rely on other people.” Manager Joe Girardi on the “make or break” series. Lets hope the doctor ordered a playoff run.