News Flash: The Phillies are Really Good!

News Flash: The Phillies are really good! The Philadelphia Phillies traveled to Detroit for a 3 game set with the Tigers. The Phightins took 2 of 3 from the Tigers to win their 16th series of the season. At the time of this writing, the Phils have the best record in Major League Baseball at 53 – 27. They are currently on pace for 107 wins which would beat their franchise record of 102 wins. They are tied for the 3rd best record thru 80 games in franchise history.

Game 1 – Phillies with First 1-3-5 Triple Play Since 1929 in Rout

Coming into this game, the Phillies had the lowest ERA in MLB at 3.09. It went lower after Monday’s game. Aaron Nola won his 99th game of his career and Phillies offense went ballistic. In four previous starts against Detroit, Nola has posted a 2-0 record and 1.40 ERA. Nola pitched another gem, as he allowed only one run thru seven innings. His final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. Nola has a quality start in his past 7 of 8 outings. The Phillies banged out 8 Runs on 15 hits in this game, and between the offense and Nola’s pitching, Detroit had no answer.

The hit parade was led by Bryce Harper who went 3-5 with a homer, 5 RBI, and 3 Runs. He also had two doubles. Alec Bohm also had himself 4 hits including a home run. He and Harper were part of that historical triple play. In the bottom of the 3rd, former Phillie Matt Vierling hit a line out to Nola, with two men on base. Nola then threw to first to get the double play. Zach McKinstry who was on 3rd base, never stopped running toward home, as he didn’t think Nola made the catch. Harper then threw to Alec Bohm, who tug 3rd base for the 3rd out and the 1-3-5 Triple Play. This was the first triple play of this variety, since 1929.

“That was a pretty cool moment for all of us,” Harper said. “It was like going back to Little League, we were so excited.”

Right-hander Casey Mize pitched for the Tigers and had a strange outing. This is the first time in his career that he’s facing the Phillies. He only gave up runs in the 1st inning, but it was a big blow to Mize. Harper hit a 2-RBI double to deep center, then Bohm homered to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead, and they never looked back in their 8-1 win. Mize’s final line: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K. The 10 strikeouts were a career high for Mize in that short start.

“With (Aaron) Nola on the mound tonight, we knew we just needed to get him something early,” Harper said. ”That’s why it was huge to jump on Mize in the first inning.”

Game 2 – Battle of the NL and AL Cy Young Contenders

This game was an exciting matchup on paper for baseball fans. You have the National League Cy Young contender Ranger Suarez, going against the American League Cy Young candidate in Tarik Skubal. Would the matchup live up to the hype? Unfortunately, not in this one. Tarik Skubal was masterful for the Detroit Tigers, while Ranger Suarez certainly underwhelmed in the matchup. The Tigers were able to salvage a win in this series, taking the game 4-1 against the Phillies.

This was the 1st career start Suarez had against the Tigers. He previously pitched 1 1/3 of relief back in July 2019 against them. Ranger started off just fine against Detroit. He held them scoreless for 4 innings, before the Tigers jumped on Suarez for 4 runs in the 5th inning. He was not particularly sharp in the outing. His final line was 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, and 4 K.

“He was fine, but I’ve seen him better,” Thomson said. “There have been a lot of games where he was ahead a lot more than he was tonight, but he battled.”

Suarez ERA rose from 1.75 to 2.01. Suarez is due to be a free agent after the 2025 season. The Phillies just locked up starting pitcher Christopher Sanchez to a long term extension. You know they are looking to do the same with Mr. Rager.

“We love Ranger, of course,” team president Dave Dombrowski said. “Why wouldn’t you? We hope that he’s part of the organization for a long time.”

Skubal and the Tigers bullpen quieted the Phillies hot bats on Tuesday. Skubal kept up his case for the AL Cy Young award by throwing seven shutout innings. His final line against the Phils: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, and 7 K. The only damage the Phillies could muster was a 9th inning home run from Bryce Harper. Harper hit his 20th homer off Tigers closer Jason Foley. He’s certainly making his case for the National League MVP award. It will be a battle to watch between he and Shohei Ohtani the remainder of this summer. Tigers ended a 7 game losing streak to the Phillies.

Game 3 – Brandon Marsh(ian) is out of this world!

Brandon Marsh brought the wood in the rubber match against the Detroit Tigers. He went 4-4 with a home run and drove in 4 RBI, to help the Phillies take the series winning the game 6-2. Former Tiger Nick Castellanos started off the scoring in the 1st inning with a ground out RBI. In the Bottom of the 1st, former Phillie Matt Vierling hit a home run to left field to tie the game up at 1.

Marsh hit a 2-run Oppo-Boppo homer in the 4th inning to give the Phils a 3-1 lead. Marsh then added 2 more RBI with a single in the 5th inning to give Philly a 5-1 lead. The Phillies have another former Tiger playing in today’s game, and that was starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull. Unfortunately, he left the game after only 3 innings with shoulder soreness. His final line was 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Let’s hope this doesn’t cause Turnbull to miss any starts, as he just rejoined the rotation after Taijuan Walker went on the IL with a hand blister.

“I threw a curveball and I felt something grab back in my triceps/shoulder area,” Turnbull said. “It just got a little tight, but I didn’t want to do anything to make it worse. I don’t know what it is about this place, but I can’t seem to stay healthy here. I don’t know if it is cursed or what.”

The Tigers went with a bullpen game today. Tyler Holton started the game going 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Then it was turned over to Will Vest who went 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K. Keider Montero who was originally listed as starting today, had a final line of 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. I can see why the Tigers didn’t want to start him. Joey Wentz mopped up for the Tigers going 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.

Notables:

Phillies have a +122 run differential which is the best in Major League Baseball.

The Phillies have a 45-19 record in their last 64 games following 8-8 start to the season.

The Phils record breakdown: 31-12 Home, 22-15 Away, and 13-7 record against American League teams.

Up Next:

Phillies: Return home for a four-game series against the Miami Marlins. Zack Wheeler (9-4, 2.73) is scheduled to start Thursday against Trevor Rogers (1-8, 4.90).

Tigers: Travel to Los Angeles for four games against the Angels.

Sal Giuffrida
Sal Giuffrida

Sal “Sal G.” Giuffrida has lived in the Philadelphia area for over 40 years. His specialty coverage includes the Phillies and Eagles. Follow him on X @salgphilly.

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