Phillies Go To the South Side Come Away With Series Win

The Phillies and White Sox will meet for just the 16th through 18th time in the team’s history.  This is part of the nuance of the 2023 MLB schedule. Both teams begin the series with identical 6-10 records as both teams are struggling to begin the season.

Monday

Frigid temperatures and hail prevented the series from kicking off on Monday. MLB postponed the game and scheduled a regular doubleheader for Tuesday. This is the first doubleheader for the Phillies and White Sox this season.

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Tuesday

Game 1. On the Hill for the Phillies for the first game of the doubleheader is Zack Wheeler he was opposed by Lance Lynn of the White Sox.  The Phillies continued their big 1st inning offense that started Sunday in Cincinnati.  Today the Phillies scored 3 first inning runs. The big hit was an Alec Bohm single with the bases loaded that scored two.

The Phillies would add two more runs in the third and build an early 5-0 lead. Wheeler looked solid through the first 2 innings.  In the third inning, however, Wheeler fell victim to the big inning. Phillies pitchers have been victimized throughout this young season by the big inning and today was no different. The Sox would score four in the third cutting the Phillies’ lead to 5-4.

Wheeler would stabilize and work three more solid innings giving up no more runs.  The Phillies’ offense would benefit once again from the hot bat of Josh Harrison.   Harrison would smash a two-run home run in the 7th inning extending the Phillies’ lead to 7-4. On the day Harrison would be 3-5 with 1 homer and 4 RBIs. Sir Anthony Dominquez and Jose Alvarado would work scoreless 8th and 9th innings and the Phillies would come out of the game with a 7-4 win. Wheeler would get the win 1-1, Lance Lynn 0-2 would get the loss for Chicago, and Alvarado would get his first save of 2023.   

Game 2

Bailey Falter (0-2) was on the bump for the Phillies he was opposed by Lucas Giolito (0-1).  This would be a classic pitcher’s battle. The only offense was a three-run home run by Jake Burger in the first. Settling down he pitched well after that. He lasted 7 innings, struck out 3, and walked 3. Giolito was dueling, he pitched six very strong innings, struck out 7 walked 1 allowed no runs and no hits.

The Phillies’ offense was a non-factor as the White Sox sent four pitchers who allowed 1 hit and struck out 13 total Phillies. Rob Thompson sent out a questionable lineup featuring Clemens, Pache, and Stubbs. Falter would be saddled with the loss he is now 0-3 on the season. Lucas Giolito got the win 1-1.

Wednesday

The rubber match was a matinee affair on the South Side the Phillies sent Taiwan Walker to the mound he was opposed by Mike Cleavinger. Cleavinger who last faced the Phillies in the NLCS when a member of the San Diego Padres failed to record an out in that game. On Wednesday he only managed to last 3 innings. Allowing three runs, and six hits. The real story of the day was Tre Turner. Turner has struggled

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since joining the Phillies as a free agent. The Phillies hope that Wednesday’s performance is a sign that Turner is finally turning a corner. He homered and had three hits; his defensive skills were also on display. Walker pitched his best so far this season for the Phillies. He pitched into the seventh inning and on the day gave up two runs, and five hits. Brandon Marsh also homered for the Phillies as they defeated the White Sox 5-2

The Phillies were able to take 2 of 3 from the White Sox just their second series win of the season. Walker gets credit for the win he is now 2-1. Jose Alvarado picked up the save with his second.  The Phillies managed to go 4-3 on the road trip and now return home to face the Rockies and the Mariners.  

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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