Phillies vs. Orioles – 2nd Best vs. 3rd Best Record in MLB

The Philadelphia Phillies traveled to Baltimore to face the Orioles, in a battle of 2nd best record vs. 3rd best record in all of baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies came into the series having the 2nd best record in Baseball at and the Baltimore Orioles are 3rd. The Orioles won the series winning 2 out of 3 games. There were a ton of Phillies fans that made the trek down the road to watch their team play 90 minutes away at Camden Yards. There is a lot of excitement in this meeting, as we look at a potential World Series matchup between these two clubs. Baltimore’s victory Sunday would leave the teams with identical 47-24 records. The Phillies have the best record in the National League. Only the New York Yankees in the American League have a better record than the Orioles.

Game 1 – Phils Win a Thriller in Extra Innings

The Phillies waited out a 71 minute rain delay, to win a thriller of game in extra innings against the Orioles. Alec Bohm treated the Phillies fans that traveled to Baltimore, with a two-run double in the top of the 11th inning, to help Philly take the first game in the series 5-3. This was the Phillies sixth extra inning win of the season, tied for the most in baseball.

“The atmosphere was tremendous,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “We got a lot of Philly fans here and obviously a lot of Baltimore fans. It was a great game, back and forth. It was just really good. It was like a playoff game.”

Ranger Suarez pitched for the Phillies and pitched very well. His final line was 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He lowered his ERA to 1.77.

“We see the fans that follow us on the road,” Suárez said through a translator. “To see fans everywhere that you play at, it’s really important.”

Kyle Bradish pitched for the Orioles. He missed the first month of the season due to a right UCL sprain, and had to leave the game after 5 innings, after complaining about the same elbow. Unfortunately for Bradish, he went on the 15-day IL, due to the elbow flare up. This is a huge blow for the Orioles, as they lose a front line starter to deplete their rotation. His final line was 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K and he gave up 2 home runs.

Schwarber Continues Hot June

The first of those home runs was to Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber gave the Phillies an early 1-0 lead, when he hit his seventh leadoff homer of the season, tying Oriole Gunnar Henderson for the major league lead. Phillies catcher Rafael Marchan, who was called up after JT Realmuto went on the IL with a knee injury, hit the second of those home runs off Bradish. He hit that home run to right field in the 5th inning.

Former Phillie, Craig Kimbrel entered the 9th inning to a chorus of boos from the Philly Phaithful. He contributed to the monumental playoff collapse last year against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning for Baltimore.

In the bottom of the 10th inning the Phillies were up 3-2, when Orion Kerkering uncorked a wild pitch, which bounced off the brick wall behind home plate. The ball went right back to Marchan who sprinted for home and dove to make a tag on Cedric Mullins. Originally called out to end the game, an official review overturned the call to tie the game. Then the rains came down hard and so did the tarp on the field.

Bohm knocked in two runs via double in the 11th inning. Seranthony Dominguez pitched the bottom of the 11th and struck out two for his first save of the year.

Game 2 – Anthony Santander powers the Orioles to win

In game two of the series, the Orioles got their revenge, as they won 6-2 against the Phillies via Anthony Santander. Santander hit two homers and knocked in four runs. This was his 3rd home run of the series as he also hit one on Friday night. This win at home for the Orioles was the first against the Phillies since 2015.

The Phillies rolled out Taijuan Walker, who pitched another solid game for the 2nd time in a row. Prior to this game, Walker was 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA in his career against the Orioles. He’s been bitten by the long ball this season, as he gave up another today to red hot Anthony Santander. His final line was 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K and 1 home run.

Opposing Walker, was right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. Prior to this matchup, he had never faced the Philadelphia Phillies. His final line was 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. This was the first time Rodriguez has pitched seven innings this year.

Brandon Marsh Returns – “These ain’t no Huaraches!”

Brandon Marsh returned to the Phillies lineup on Saturday, after being on the IL with a hamstring injury. He went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout in this game.

The Phillies started off this game scoring first again, in the top of the 1st inning. Alec Bohm seems to be getting hot again, as he hit his 25th double of the year, knocking in Bryce Harper. Edmundo Sosa homered in the top of the 2nd, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. After that, it was all Baltimore, as the Phillies never scored again in the game.

Anthony Santander was the player of this game, as hit his first home run of the game in the bottom of the 4th inning. He added another RBI on a sac fly to center in the bottom of the 6th. Then he hit his 2nd home run of the game in the bottom of the 8th inning, with a 2-run homer for his 4th RBI of the day. He’s hitting .298 in June following a .207 average in May.

Craig Kimbrel made his 2nd appearance of the series, coming in for the 9th inning. He was treated to another round of boos from the Phillies crowd. He walked the leadoff man, and then struck out the side to preserve the win for the Orioles.

“I was in Philadelphia all of last year,” said Orioles closer Craig Kimbrel, who worked the final inning Saturday in a non-save situation. “I knew the fans would travel, especially being so close.”

Game 3 – Orioles take Wheeler to Pound Town

In the rubber match of this 3 game series, we were expecting a pitcher’s duel between today’s starters. Unfortunately, we got everything but that in this one. Coming into the game, Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was 1-0, with a 1.90 ERA and 19 strikeouts in four career starts against the O’s. Opposing the Phillies ace, is Orioles staff ace Corbin Burnes. Against the Phillies, Burnes is 1-1 with a 0.55 ERA over 16 1/3 innings with 24 strikeouts in four appearances (two starts).

The Wheels fell off

Wheeler was off his game in this one. The usual steady, hard to hit ace, was getting smashed by the long ball in this one. He gave up four home runs in this game. Gunnar Henderson hit the 1st of the home runs in the 1st inning. Colton Cowser hit the 2nd of the homers in the 2nd inning. Adley Rutschman hit the the third, homering to center in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Jordan Westburg hit the 4th and final home run versus Wheeler in the Bottom of the 5th inning. That was the eighth earned run given up by Wheeler in this one. If there was any consolation, Zack did reach 1500 Ks for his career. His final line: 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

Corbin Burnes lived up to his billing as the ace on his team. His final line: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. In the 5th inning, Nick Castellanos was able to get an RBI with a ground out to shortstop. Alec Bohm continued his hot hitting ways by adding an RBI single in the inning. Unfortunately for the Phils, the rally ended there. Bohm hit another RBI double in the top of the 7th, giving him 26 doubles to lead MLB.  

The Phillies made it interesting in the 9th inning. Schwarber walked to lead off the inning against reliever Jacob Webb. A couple of errors loaded the bases, leaving the tying on the on deck circle. Yennier Cano relieved Webb and struck out Edmundo Sosa to get his 3rd save of the year. The Orioles handily won this game 8-3. This was also the 18th win in 24 games for the O’s.

Up Next:

The Phillies head back home to kick off a 6 game homestand. Philadelphia’s Christopher Sánchez (3-3) starts at home Monday night against San Diego’s Randy Vásquez (1-3). The Orioles travel to New York to face the Yankees. Albert Suárez (3-0) takes the mound for Baltimore against Nestor Cortes (3-5) on Tuesday night.

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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