Sweep City For Phillies Over Giants

“Efficient,” was how Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler described his outing in
the team’s 6-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
With the win the Phils completed a four-game sweep of the Giants, won 10 in a row at home for
the first time since September 2010, and are 17-3 in their last 20 games.
“Going seven strong innings is perfectly fine with me,” continued Wheeler, who allowed one
unearned run on four hits and a walk. He struck out 11 – his third double-digit strikeout game of
the season.

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For the second game in a row, Bryce Harper hit a three-run home run as part of a four-run fifth
inning that would give Wheeler more than enough run support.
“Wheels when out and did what Zack does every time, he goes out there,” said Harper, who
extended his on-base streak to 17 games.

“I still feel like I’m chasing too much out of the zone,” added Harper, who in the series, was 4 for
12 with two homers, six RBI, five walks, and five runs scored, “and still missing pitches in the
zone I should be driving”. The Phils had threatened in the third with two outs after Kyle Schwarber reached via a base on
balls and J.T. Realmuto doubled but Harper, first-pitch swinging, flied to left.

Some two-out lightning got the Phillies on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning, Nick
Castellanos, and Bryson Stott – who was playing shortstop for the first time since October 5,
2022 – both walked. Whit Merrifield singled through the hole to drive in Castellanos, who
reached base in all four of his plate appearances (two hits and two walks).
In the fifth inning, Schwarber and Realmuto each reached on singles however, this time,
swinging at the first pitch produced a far different result for Harper as the ball reached the seats
for his eighth home run of the season. Back-to-back one-out doubles by Brandon Marsh and
Castellanos made it 5-0.

In the eighth, Schwarber retook the team lead in home runs when clanged one off the foul pole
in right field – he now has nine round-trippers this season.
With the Atlanta Braves idle, the Phillies extended their lead in the National League East to
three games. “No!” J.T. Realmuto said emphatically when asked if he was worried about the team peaking too
early. “This team is built for the long haul. In the last two years, we’ve clicked later in the season.
Now, we feel we’re comfortable with each other. We’ve started hot and hopefully, we
ride the wave the entire season.”

Rock Hoffman
Rock Hoffman

Rock Hoffman has been covering sports in the Philadelphia region for over 30 years. He’s been the co-host of a radio show – SportsPage – on the Delaware Valley Radio Network (WRDV.org) in the time. He’s reported on games involving all the Philadelphia teams at the profession and collegiate levels. During his career he’s provided coverage for a Super Bowl, an All-Star Game, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games as well NFL, MLB and NHL playoff games. Additionally, he’s the College Football Editor for Football Stories Magazine (FootballStories.com).