Phillies Sloppy Split with the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates came into Citizens Bank Park for a four-game set this weekend, looking to improve on their 9-3 record. The Philadelphia Phillies were just trying to continue their climb to get past the .500 mark. Let’s briefly see how it all shook out game by game.

Game 1 (Phillies 5 – Pirates 1)

Ranger Suarez (2-0) pitched a gem, striking out 8 over 6 shutout innings. Besides a solo Alec Bohm homerun in the 4th, the Phillies bats were just about dead. In the 7th, they came alive, with Brandon Marsh and Bryson Stott both hitting 2-run homers to blow the game open. The Phillies bullpen took care of the rest, and the Phillies took game 1, moving past the .500 mark.

Game 2 (Pirates 5 – Phillies 2)

The Phillies unveiled their City Connect Uniforms, which do not feature the beloved and well-known Phillies Red. They would face former Phillie pitcher Bailey Falter, who pitched well. Falter went 5 innings, giving up just 1 run and zero walks. Cristopher Sanchez took the loss now 0-2 with a 3.45 ERA. The Phillies made some costly errors that cost them in this one, and the bullpen gave 3 runs in the 7th and 8th innings. The Phillies knocked on the door with the bases loaded at the bottom of the 8th, scoring 1. However, Brandon Marsh struck out with the bases loaded, ending the rally. Pirates pitcher David Bednar had a clean 1-2-3 ninth, closing the door. Back to the 500 mark for the Phillies (7-7).

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Game 3 (Phillies 4 – Pirates 3)

Ke’Bryan Hayes had an RBI double in the first, giving the Pirates a quick 1-0 lead. Kyle Schwarber came right back in the bottom of the inning with his 33rd career leadoff homer and 20th with the Phillies. Castellanos followed that up with an RBI single a few batters later to give the Phillies an early 2-1 lead. Spencer Turnbull has his first rough outing of the season, going just 4 innings and giving up 3 runs. He also walked 4 and gave up 4 hits. The Phillies entered the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 3-3. After a leadoff single by Kyle Schwarber, the Phillies were able to load the bases for Nick Castellanos.

Nick singled to deep center as Whit Merrifield crossed the plater giving the Phillies (8-7) the walk off win.

Game 4 (Pirates 9 – Phillies 2)

Sunday afternoon’s game featured Zack Wheeler vs Mitch Keller. The Phillies had a 2-1 lead going into the 6th until things imploded for Wheeler. After a fielding error by Alec Bohm, the bases eventually became loaded for Jack Zuwinski. Wheeler proceeded to give up the first grand slam of his career in Phillies red, giving the Pirates a 5-1 lead. Dominguez relieved Wheeler, striking out 3 of the next 4 batters he faced to close the inning. Unfortunately, the one batter (Joey Bart) who didn’t strike out hit a solo home run, pushing the game to 6-1. Andrew McCutchen would hit his 300th career homerun as the Phillies lost 9-2. Trea Turner has a solid day with 2 RBIs on 3 hits, including a solo home run (1).

Sloppy errors cost the Phillies two games in this series. The Phillies are now 8-8, trailing the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves by two games. Next up, the Colorado Rockies (4-12) come to town. For More Phillies Talk and Postgame Coverage, give us a follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube!

Freddy Burns
Freddy Burns

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