Philadelphia Phillies coming off a huge win over the Baltimore Orioles, taking 2 out of 3 wins in the series, and now heading to Pittsburgh to face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 2 out of 3 in San Diego versus the Padres. Looking to turn things around at home. Unfortunately, the Phillies make costly mistakes in Pittsburgh.
Game 1 – Hot Wheels:
The only bright spot in this whole series for the Phillies was Zach Wheeler. Zach Wheeler struck out the first two batters he saw back to back. Got them chasing fastballs just outside the strike zone. Zach Wheeler also struck out Henry Davis with a sinker also out of the strike zone. Bottom of the third, Wheeler would get another of k’s, sitting down Nick Gonzales with a high fastball and Alika Williams with a low sweeper. In the 4th inning, things got a little hairy. Ji-Man Choi hits a double and drives in a run. That would be the only run of the night. Zach Wheeler would get back in his zone, putting in 11ks. Other than Kyle Schwaber’s home run, there wasn’t too much from the Phillies’ offense. However, Zach Wheeler held his own in his zone.
Game 2 – Problems Everywhere:
As much as it was competitive, with the Phillies only losing by one. We, as the Phillies fans, saw this game was up for the taking however, missing out on big opportunities only hurt the Phillies. Aaron Nola did not have one of his best games by any stretch. Giving up a knuckle curveball that went over the middle, Liover Peguero just smashed it for a home run and followed by Jack Suwinski, hitting a double off of Aaron Nola’s fastball.
Ji-Man Choi hits a double in the fourth, so does Endy Rodriguez hitting a double putting the Pirates 4-2. Aaron Nola struggled in this game, giving up nine hits, 5 ER, three walks, and 6k’s. However, the defense didn’t help the cause either. Bryce Harper didn’t have the greatest of games. Harper had a tough time playing at first. Then striking out 4 out of the five times. He was at the plate in clutch moments. The offense couldn’t capitalize with teammates in scoring position. It was a really bad game all around.
Game 3 – Basic Fundamentals:
Just when everything was going well for the Phillies. Christopher Sanchez was doing great on the hill, and Alec Bohm hit a two-run homer off of veteran pitcher Rich Hill’s change-up. After five hitless innings from Chistopher Sanchez incomes Seranthony Dominguez who gives up a two-run home run to Bryan Reynolds. Jeff Hoffman would take over and find him in a tough place battling out of bases-loaded situations.
Bryce Harper would drive in a run, and Alec Bohm would hit and drive in a run. Alec Bohm had 3 RBIs up to this point. However, Edmundo Sosa and Trea Turner made an embarrassing play, both going for an easy out and colliding with each other. Johan Rojas made an error in the outfield. Alec Bohm makes an error at first and base running. Bryce Harper gets thrown out at home. Making mistakes all over the place throughout the game. Phillies make costly mistakes in Pittsburgh.
- Nick Castellanos is 1-14 in this series.
- Trea Turner is 2-13 in this series.
I do like the Rob Thomson moving Trea Turner. However, it’s still a major concern that neither player has played well. Nick Castellanos needs to get his head back on track, and Trea Turner needs to step up!
Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a for 6 Philly sports fan. Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge). Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.