Suarez saves the day, 5-2 over the Nationals. Spencer Howard looked like a Cy Young candidate in the first inning. But, they play nine innings. Howard, whose first fastball at 94.9! breezed in the first, but only 48 pitches later his velocity had dropped to 92.5. The phenom started to have control issues which forced Manager Joe Girardi to insert Ranger Suarez who all but saved the game.
It would be the shortest start in a short career of Howard. The line on Howard? 2 1/3 innings, only 1 hit, 0 runs with two walks, and two strikeouts. Suarez went three innings without allowing a hit, run or walk while amassing a trio of strikeouts.
Bryce Harper was activated before the game and went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. The Harper RBI was a big one that gave the Phils an insurance run. Andrew McCutchen lofted a three-run homer to score Jean Segura and Harper. Rhys Hoskins added an RBI before McCutchen hit a two-out pitch from Joe Ross.
Connor Brogdon picked up his first major league save. Trea Turner knocked in the Nat’s first run on fielder’s choice and Josh Bell homered for the Washington second run. Suarez has not allowed an earned run in 17 1/3 innings. Suarez saves the day.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.